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Old 06-30-2012, 08:39 AM
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Vlad....enjoyed the notes AND the photos.....another Vladventure recorded!
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Nice write up Vlad. Thanks for taking the time to post it!
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:11 PM
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Default Hazen & Beulah, ND

Well Vlad, after all the time I spent there, I came to several conclusions:

1. Really, really nice people

2. No restaurants The best place to eat in both towns combined was a DQ! The steakhouse was out of business.

3. Each town had a Thrivent Financial planning office.

My speculation is that the local population is overwhelmingly Lutheran, they don't go out to eat and they invest the money they save eating at home with Thrivent (fka Financial Aid for Lutherans) Financial Planning :-)

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Old 07-01-2012, 07:37 AM
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Talking Time to wrap up the write-up

trip took only three days but I can not finish the report in a week


... Neil and Tracy hosted me for the night. Last evening I only remembered a bed but this morning I would clearly see that I was in a palace. This is the guest bedroom in their hangar full of antiquities and aviation history. I woke up well rested 4:30 in the morning, Neil and Tracy were already up. They wished me good luck. Good folks. Famous too, did a lot of good deeds for general aviation.





Up and on Eastern heading.










VAF TV doesn't transmit live early morning only recordings. I was trying to wake up a guy or two in Wyoming with no avail. So I turned and explored this rugged state on my own.









Looks impressive isn't it?






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The deeper into Wyoming the more fascinating it becomes. Sometimes you feel like you are in a space ship somewhere on Mars.















Then I crossed the most picturesque high elevation forests I've seen in my life. Camera was faltering and images are not of good quality.









Then a reporter on VAF TV woke up (Diamond) and suggested to turn left to see something and there I went


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Old 07-01-2012, 07:56 AM
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Where I went?





Clamping pressure on my BOSE became unbearable and I removed it. There was also some scary screaming in it Did you notice all my electric instruments quit?







A circle around forbidden monument and out. It's hot probably radiation from the Tower














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Landed at local airport for fuel. There was a retired police cruiser as a courtesy limo but I could not find a key.





At the airport I met fine gentleman, homebuilder and engineer Glen Sterling and he gave me a ride to the town where we had a breakfast in a rustic settings. I had a great tour! Glen told me several stories about Devils Tower and Big Chief who is in charge of guarding evil spirit. Sometimes when they see airplane close to the Tower they ride to the airport and put some heat on unaware pilot


I offered Glen a ride and he gladly agreed. Being pilot himself he was impressed with RV.











I overstayed for couple hours. My domestic ATC already asked what I am doing there so long. These controllers guys are so good at calculating time I may not be able to make it home tonight.
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:27 AM
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High elevations ended and there was pretty much familiar terrain.





Stop at Le Mars for fuel and weather. Nobody around. SS pumps are simple trucks without CC readers. They do have 91 octane unleaded I poured 18 gallons and left my address where to send the bill.







A bit of RV comedy. Our aircrafts are so stable and cockpits so roomy you can trim it off and take a nap






Somewhere over here a text message came. It was sent from flight levels I strongly believe.




The message said if I encounter some weather I could land here.






I didn't land there I landed here.





Took this government bus and drove to Holiday Inn Express of Van Wert, OH







Next morning after quick three hour run I was back in Hondaland at Princeton Airport I took off three days ago.





38 hours flight time in three days. $1,023 on fuel. Now it's time to throttle down. Almost 500 hobbs hours and it's time for first condition inspection.




Oh, forgot the beach. I couldn't make that beach S16 so I flew to some desolate stretch of sand on my coast for simulated engine out practice. Guess what I found in my wheel pants?
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The deeper into Wyoming the more fascinating it becomes. Sometimes you feel like you are in a space ship somewhere on Mars.
Vlad....no doubt when Van designs his kit for the RVX-9A Galactic Explorer Kit....you will build one and go on Vladventures to Mars when you get 4 day weekends!!!
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Wheels pants? You don't have wheel pants!!
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