Here is one last photo showing the mountains to the north of the Strait of Georgia:
At this time began to receive vectors from the Victoria TERSA. Decided it best to follow instructions and not take anymore photos.
The next photos were taken while flying the highway from Seattle towards the east.
One of the things that happened during this phase of the trip; very rough running engine, was climbing back to higher altitude when around 8500 MSL engine began to run really, really bad. Thought it might be carb ice, so pulled the carb heat. Engine continued to run rough until I reduced power below 2400 RPM. Flew along at that power setting for 20-minutes, then tried more throttle, engine ran fine.
Flying along using the I Follow Road method:
Ski area east of Seattle area:
A huge convection thingy near Yakima (actually was flying between them, another one to the right side as well) Convection cell topped out well above my altitude as you can see the top most clouds is the cell I'm talking about, the photo does not show it very well. Been a very long time since I've flown convections:
Yes, this stage was very bumpy, lots of photos taken, some were blurry, made it past Yakima home run stretch to Hermiston at this time.
On the ground at Hermiston, OR. Sky was dark to the west and east. I planned to go further east, but after talking with FSS weather decided to stay the night at Hermiston.
Major thunder/lightening at this time, followed by severe cloud burst. Hermiston airport manager welcomed me. Said to park the RV in an empty T-Hanger (free) provided a courtesy car and mentioned that a local motel had special rates for pilots. All in all a great place to hide from the wet black sky!
Total flight was 1009 statute miles flown in exactly 7.0 hours; had 12 gallons of fuel remaining. Aux tank was empty (18.4 gal useable)
Next phase will be from KHRI to KBYI.