We passed on taking a local sightseeing trip and instead got back in the air. The line service at Dominion Aviation Services was top notch! As I was getting ready to sump my fuel a young man came up in a golf cart and untied the plane, I told him that's ok I'll get it, he kept right on going. The staff working the desk were very friendly too, good folks. I finally completed a walk around and climbed aboard. 08Romeo started right up and was ready to go play, we all were. We departed runway three three and made a left turn out to avoid the class charlie Richmond space and enjoy some of the scenery. Once we were climbing through 4000 for 5,500 I gave approach a call and advised 10 east of Richmond leaving 4,000 climbing 5,500. We were given a squawk code and heading north. I wanted to over fly JGG and as we passed by and snapped a shot or two (they came out blurry) approach asked for my on course heading to Wilmington. Yikes, it was 060 degrees to Cape Charles then 035 to Salisbury followed by 010 to Wilmington, all this running through my head since we took a different route home then the original plan. I hit the PTT and said 010. He responded that would take me into the restricted zone, what heading. Ugh....direct Cape Charles, Salisbury and ILG. He acknowledged. Another controller came on and asked if I was familiar with the jamie intersection, I acknowledged affirmative, she turned me direct. Jamie intersection is north of cape Charles on the Victor 1 airway and a bit of a short cut, it works.
We had some call outs for traffic along the way, one off the nose and low 500 feet and another aircraft heading north at our one o' clock same altitude and five miles. Saw the guy pass low and off our right heading south and the other aircraft we only caught a glimpse of. It was funny, the approach controller gave me an updated position report on the north bound and had to pause so he could remember what type it was, I responded Cessna 150...He said yes, that's it,the Cessna 150.
We passed over Salisbury and eventually was handed off to Dover, this is where the fun started. I guess every newbie controller has to start somewhere and today was our lucky day, he was at Dover. This poor kid had calls messed up, squawk codes every which way and almost had me confused. There was a senior guy there and he jumped in a few times answering requests. One pilot, obviously being a dope acknowledged yes ma'am to the newbie, his voice wasn't that high pitched, I think the pilot was busting his stones since he got his call screwed up a few time.
I cancelled flight following as I was about to be handed off to Philly, I rather hear whats going on from the Wilmington tower when I'm so close. I had the ATIS so I called in to report. After the initial exchange I advised 15 south, inbound full stop , information romeo and 3000 level. I was advised to report 3mile left base runway two seven. Sweet, I'm heading north so it's a simple left turn to base. Best laid plans....I was soon directed to follow a Cessna turning base, I was now number two to land. I slowed down and added in flaps, two notches which had me flying at 80 knots. The Cessna turned final while I just made base and I slowed a bit more. I am now on final and the Cessna is touching down, I pull more power and add the last notch of flaps. The Cessna rolls to just about a complete stop! Oh crap! I start to step right as the tower calls 08Romeo go around step right go around, I acknowledge. I add full power wait to see positive climb on the VSI then take out a notch. Climb looking good I retract the next two notches a step at a time with continued positive climb. The tower direct me to make right closed traffic, I acknowledge and break right not even to midfield. I check power, my position and the where abouts of the Cessna pilot. I'm cleared to land and pull off another good landing even with the added excitement. I plan on stopping by the tower tomorrow and getting their take on what happened. I know most of the crew there and would like to hear what they have to say. A fun day, almost uneventful, but a good day flying none the less.