Mary slept in, not really feeling up to a flight this morning. In her place my friend Ted wanted to go for a ride in the new plane. The timing worked and Ted was going to join me.
Ted and I decided we would meet at the office parking lot, it's on my way out of Ocean Pines. The plan was to complete my pre-flight, take on fuel and launch around 10:15. The sky was showing me a different plan, there's no messing with mother nature.
After completing the pre-flight and fuel we climbed back in my SUV and sucked up as much air conditioning as possible while we waited for the 10:15 departure.
|Thanks for taking the picture, Ted.|
With the sky starting to get dark we all saddled up for home. 3 Tango Charlie responded with a first try hot start, it made very me happy. I taxied out behind a Sundowner and once he was clear I launched for Ocean City.
The plan was to climb through one of the large openings and top out at five thousand five hundred. This worked out and Ted and I settled in for the ride east dodging build-ups along the way.As we made our way across the Chesapeake Bay we both noticed a huge wall of ugly clouds that would block our path north. As the clouds developed a large Michelin man type figure grew out the top, pointing the way home, or maybe just taunting us.
Either way I wasn't going to climb over and then have to descend for OXB, instead I started my descent early and road along at three thousand feet. We passed under the big ugly layer and flew through a very light shower, just perfect to wash off the bugs.