We are now safely at Birdsville, middle of nowhere!!* After a forced turn-around earlier today..* quite a day.* We should be in Cooper Pedy tonight..* but just no way we were going to risk it..
For those not here in Oz right now..* There is massive flooding going-on right across the country, and yep!* ... we got caught up right in the middle of it all.
Flying below the cloud to maintain ground visibility, we hit the rain hard and fast, at about half hour out of Birdsville to CooperPedy (Longreach leg was ok).
The cloud got lower and lower and lower, and we were travelling in full rain at a little above 500 feet!!!* We were suddely then faced with rising terrain (small mountains), and that was it!!* We turned around fast, while still with full rain (and wind now at this stage),* a very delicate manouver.* Let me tell you.. we were both very happy to be safe on the ground again.
However, looking at the weather maps right now, tomorrow we should be ok.* We have missed the worst of it now (hopefully).
Apart from today, it has been a very nice trip.* The plane is flying beautifully, using the auto-pilot for most of it (so easy).* However, fuel is very exxy here at around $3 per litre, and we need around 158 litres to fill the wing tanks, it gets VERY expensinve to fly!*
Anyway, i hope you like some of the photos and will hopefully have internet again tomorrow night... wherever we land at.
PS:.. in one of the photos...* It is SOO hot here on the tarmac at Birdsville, that the tar has melted into the landing gear wheels....* unbelievable!