We were rolling down the runway in Jacksonville (@KCRG) a little before 7 am. We departed VFR and picked up flight following at 6,500 feet heading northwest for our first fuel stop in Savannah, TN. The only weather we had to deal with at all that day was a larger area of thunderstorms south and east of Birmingham, AL. We climbed to 8,500 feet and found our way around them. Finally turning back on course over Birmingham, we remained in clear skies for the rest of the day.
We made an easy straight in approach to Runway 1 at KSNH and taxied over to the self serve fuel area. I had last been at this airport 7 years ago when I bought the Lance. When I went inside to pay, a familiar face was there waiting. I looked at her and asked her if she might be the same kind lady that helped me 7 years ago. I found our old entries in their guest book and added a new one. I also thumbed through the internet on my phone to find the blog post from that trip and showed her the picture that my Mom took. Sure enough it was her! She told us the following day would be her last as she was retiring. She is 72 and will now be able to stay home to take care of her husband. I'm so glad we briefly crossed paths again and I wish her and her husband all the best!
|From 7 years ago!!|
Just as with our other stops, the fuel pump worked great, there were nice facilities to use, and we were easily on our way to the next stop. After about 20 minutes we were back in the air headed northwest again and looking to get to Lincoln, NE to stop for the night. Our route took us right over downtown Kansas City, close to Kansas City International Airport, and by Ft Leavenworth, KS where my Dad was stationed and we lived when I was 12 years old.
After all we had already done, this leg was only going to be 1 hour and 45 mins. We can do that! Around 3:30 pm CDT and after 8.5 hours of flight time for the day, we happily called it a day and shutdown on the Silverhawk Aviation ramp at KLNK.
They kindly gave us a ride to the Hampton Inn that was right next to the airport. We checked in and walked over to a Perkins Restaurant to have a late lunch/early dinner. After that, we went back to the hotel to relax and get a good night's rest. The next day would be another full day, but not flying wise. The plan was to get going a little early and be in Spearfish, SD by lunchtime so we could really start this adventure!