Rain, rain, rain…and more rain. Only a very few brief windows for flying. I try to keep myself from severe flying withdrawal by reading anything to do with flying and watching movies featuring great flying. Then the phone rings. A good friend of mine in Tennessee has bought a Maxair Drifter – from a friend of mine here in Oregon. He’s going to fly his new Drifter home instead of pulling on a trail. But he doesn’t want to do it alone. If he makes a detour to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh – do I want to fly along?
Do I want to fly to Oshkosh? Whoever said “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” has just been proved wrong!
Now the question is how to ease Norm into the idea. I tell myself that three weeks is not really a long flight for me. From 2000 through 2008 I made a three-four week cross country flight every year. Norm didn’t like me being gone for so long, but he realized how important it was to me, so he was supportive. But ever since 2009, when I was gone for seven (glorious!) weeks flying to Sun 'n Fun, he hasn’t been quite so supportive. He knew I wanted to fly to Oshkosh someday—but neither of us realized that day would happen this year. I had been planning to fly to Monument Valley—but that’s only a two week flight. Happily, Norm agreed that dropping the MV flight and going to Oshkosh instead wouldn’t be too traumatic for him.
BJ Moore is the friend with the Drifter, and he and I have been slinging e-mails and phone calls back and forth. We’re trying to round up at least one other person to fly with us. BJ will be flying home to Tennessee after AirVenture ends, while I’ll be heading back to Oregon. I’d prefer not to make that long return flight by myself! Bob Combs, who flies a Titan Tornado, thinks he’ll join us. And there’s a chance that a pilot in Salt Lake City, flying a Mini-Max, will join us in Wyoming.
So now I’m having a difficult time keeping my mind focused on work…or chores…or anything but EAA AirVenture. I bought all the sectionals for the flight, as well as the AAA maps for the states we’ll be flying through. Flight planning is going full speed ahead, and it's an exciting process.
I’ve been posting pretty irregularly to this blog, but now will be writing once a week, sharing preparation plans, thoughts and feelings about this big trip. Oshkosh – here I come!