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Old 01-08-2022, 04:49 AM
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these airplanes allow for good travel experiences to see family and friends....



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early morning start, I used my night light for the first time for real. it helped.




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dawn breaking and there always seems to be a slight cloud change when I cross the Mississippi River







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Arkansas mountains and a beautiful city river area. I need to look on the map to see where this was.





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Texas Oklahoma boarder - removing my cowl air dams in Sweetwater TX.
my Grandparents honeymood'd here in 1928, so I made sure to buzz the old downtown route.




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Old 01-08-2022, 04:50 AM
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my favorite ocean reef fossil mountain area.... the Guadalupe and El Capitan. winds were low and I had plenty of fuel, so I flew down the West face.









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a couple nights in El Paso with my son and daughter's (Sweden) family. a slotted canyon around El Paso.











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Basalt lava flow on top of sedimentary rock and then uplifted and twisted. you can usually find a fossilized sharks' tooth if you look hard.


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Old 01-08-2022, 05:02 AM
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on the way from El Paso to Wichita I cruised through Vance MOA at 200 kts and was worked by the Vance controller, very nice, very professional and busy.

landed Wichita and they were busy putting the planes inside for the coming snowstorm, so they didn't chock me and there were no chains to tie down. I used my own chocks and called them later that day to remind them to tie me down, but they already did. so, I was good for the big cold (-14C) blow that night.





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my Dad always puts me to work on a rent house while I'm in Wichita. I usually get to work on the bathroom, lucky me. I took my time one evening and really did a nice job on a shower, removing old sealant and adding new. I was proud of that job.

the next day I took a look at the airplane and the weather and told them to move my plane inside a heated hangar because I was departing the next day. the chocks held fine with no strain on the chains.





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a nice halo on the way home to Cincy. a very good trip. these planes allow one to see and do so much.

16 hrs of flying, no issues, no oil added.

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over St Louis, thx Mom



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Old 01-08-2022, 05:58 AM
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Very nice report Steve.
Brings back memories of El Paso. Was deployed to Ft. Bliss in 2020 and was able to scout the area pretty well, on roads of course. Would like to fly out there sometime. NM is so awesome as well.
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Steve. If you ever land back at El Paso I can probably get you into an enclosed hangar. It would be a pleasure.
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Old 01-10-2022, 03:11 PM
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Steve. If you ever land back at El Paso I can probably get you into an enclosed hangar. It would be a pleasure.
OK. I'll be back, I've got grandkids there. Dona Anana was very good to me and busier than I ever remembered it. Busy, busy, busy. It must be all the oil and gas they have discovered in NM.

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Old 01-10-2022, 09:32 PM
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Cool run Steve. Glad chocks performed as advertised
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Old 01-10-2022, 10:28 PM
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the weather Gods were with me on this trip as I had tailwinds most of the time. I'm a Grandad but this trip made me feel like a kid, weird, but I like it.

take off 7:38 AM Cincy time, arrive 3:24 PM El Paso time. that may beat the airlines time, if you could get a fight.

3.5 hr flight from El Paso to Wichita

3.5 hr flight from Wichita to Cincy

yep, I was haulin' ***, but Amanda would correct me and say no, "the plane was haulin' your ***".

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I've been to El Paso several times and thru the pass at El Capitan. one time it was over 100F degrees on the ground, the mountains were on fire and wind was blowing hard filling the sky with dirt, I couldn't see a thing and was getting hammered with turbulence. this has been my theme song rolling into El Paso since then....

https://youtu.be/l482T0yNkeo

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the weather Gods were with me on this trip as I had tailwinds most of the time. I'm a Grandad but this trip made me feel like a kid, weird, but I like it.

take off 7:38 AM Cincy time, arrive 3:24 PM El Paso time. that may beat the airlines time, if you could get a fight.

3.5 hr flight from El Paso to Wichita

3.5 hr flight from Wichita to Cincy

yep, I was haulin' ***, but Amanda would correct me and say no, "the plane was haulin' your ***".

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I've been to El Paso several times and thru the pass at El Capitan. one time it was over 100F degrees on the ground, the mountains were on fire and wind was blowing hard filling the sky with dirt, I couldn't see a thing and was getting hammered with turbulence. this has been my theme song rolling into El Paso since then....

https://youtu.be/l482T0yNkeo
Love the it all, especially your daughters quote!
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