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Old 06-27-2012, 06:21 PM
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With this in mind I planned my first cross country trip. Intentions were to double the distance but vacation request was denied and the trip was shortened in half.

There were several contributing factors. I just hit big 50 and still didn't grow up. Paul Dye did 50 rolls and loops on his 50, Rosie threw a big Vegas party worth 50G, what would I do? Let's log 50 hundred miles of high quality x-country flying and spend 50 crispy twenties on gas. Great idea! Extra holiday day earned coupled with two weekends will make the trip for grown kid possible. Did I mention the beach?


Early Friday morning I beat all the traffic to the airport. Anyone can do it at 3 am. 50 minutes drive. Plane was fueled weather checked. There was a front somewhere over Continental Divide but I am still one day away from it. Plus I know at least two people who can influence weather if I give them at least 50 hours advance notice.


Over PA countryside







passing Akron OH






stayed out of Cleveland departures




in four hours




I arrived at Warsaw. No, not the City of the Treaty.


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Old 06-27-2012, 06:27 PM
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Quick fueling, couple pushups and here we go again.






Approaching Big Lake.





Crossing it.










Passed Land of Oshkosh and got closer to Bob Collins and Stein.







Turned VAF TV on and wow the family is watching. Nice!





At that time I didn't know that Pete has oxygen refilling station down under.


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Old 06-27-2012, 06:33 PM
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Beautiful Minnesota! I did a lot of flying over Europe and Asia when I was twice younger and it reminded me Ural region.











Somewhere here Hobbs flipped funny digits.







And in three hours and a change I was approaching Todds Field 14Y with cheap gas and 50 cents CoolAid.



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Old 06-27-2012, 06:42 PM
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Third and last leg for the day will end in North Dakota. Landscape started to change. Big white birds were ruling the sky I didn't know what kind but they were up to 6500'.





Looks like mustard fields of Ukraine collective farms.






Crossing mighty Missouri River.










Spotted an interesting crowd on the beach. As somebody told me later these are antelopes.


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Old 06-27-2012, 06:51 PM
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Mercer Regional Airport is a dream for transient pilot. Strategically located in the middle of everything of equal distance.





They have a bedroom available for $50 for two days. Well I paid $25 for one night They have courtesy van in excellent shape. The van is indoor in smaller hangar the bedroom key opens that hangar. Supermarket and affordable places with good food only 10 minutes drive.










My RV was very lucky to sleep in big communal hangar with King Air and Air Tractor. She was very happy. And I will own the cubs






Good night to all!



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Great write up Vlad. I admire your "get it done," attitude. Can't wait to hear more details from your trip. The earlier stuff was entertaining!!!
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Looks like a fun way to celebrate your 50th! Way to go Vlad! Pretty soon a lot of us here are going to be able to say " Yup, I met Vlad "..... (And I did.... last winter at CYRP)

Have YOU met met Vlad? GO VLAD! Happy Birthday!
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This is quite a crazy way to celebrate your 50th. Few has the guts and stamina for such an adventure! Enjoy your flying and be safe!

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meeting Vlad wasn't on my bucket list, but I'm glad I was a follower and got to be part of his weekend adventure.
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You guys like him now, wait until he's a couple hundred dollars into you for LUNCHES!! Then we'll see how much of a legend he becomes!!
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