It was one of those days at work today and I wasn't looking forward to going home to an empty house. I did make my scheduled appointment for my haircut after closing up my office and bugging out. I headed home thinking I would surprise my Bride, who is living in our beach house, with a dinner date night. I made sure the Wilmington house was squared away in case there was a call for a showing then I checked wx for my flight south and return flight in the morning.
08Romeo needed fuel so I taxied to the pumps and took on 26 gallons that brought me to 50 total. I called Philly Clearance Delivery on my phone that is connected via Bluetooth to my Zulu headset and picked up my clearance. I was cleared to OXB via MXE V29 SBY Direct, 3000 expect 6000 and was given the appropriate approach and squawk code. I made my last call on CTAF noting my exit of the area towards the Modena VOR and switched to Philly approach. Philly turned me direct ENO (on V29) and followed with a climb to 6000.
|C&D Canal looking towards the Chesapeake Bay|
We headed out to Whiskers Bar and Grille for dinner and enjoyed a nice night out, together! We headed home before ten and called it a night. I checked wx for my flight in the morning and filed just in case the morning mist/fog shows itself.
Multiple radio calls to C&D went unanswered so I dialed up the national C&D number. After announcing Maryland I was connected to a real person. The nice man gave me the tower number at Patuxent, which I called. The guy in the tower said to contact C&D on 121.75, I did multiple times, no answer, he said try again. No problem, I made multiple calls and somebody finally answered just to let me know they were not open yet.
|East view on departure, RT 90 bridge|
|west view on departure|
While all this is going on in my head C&D comes back online and says I have your clearance advise ready to copy, there will be at least a twenty minute hold for release. Yikes...I told him I appreciated all his effort but I will pick up my clearance in the air now that the ground fog has pushed inland and my departure is clear. He said Salisbury has traffic so they are holding you, no problem I responded, have a good day.
|South of ATR and Cape Henlopen off my wing tip|
|The Dover magic wx line|
Dover handed me off to Philly and I cruised along with multiple sectors until reporting the field in sight. I canceled IFR early and switched to CTAF making my inbound calls for traffic and setting 08Romeo down with some stall horn. I cleaned up the plane and tucked her in for my Thursday night flight back to the beach.