1. Eclipse Gum doesn’t melt in 116 degree temperatures but you might if you sit by the pool for more than 30 minutes.
2. I now know what a cake feels like baking in the oven after experiencing 116 degree temps in AZ.
3. Cattle pens in TX smell like cattle pens regardless if you are flying directly over them on final approach into Hereford or if you are cruising above them at 7,000 ft.
4. Toto we are stuck in Kanas and the people are just absolutely awesome.
5. Always respect Mother Nature regardless if you are flying or on the ground. She will always win.
6. The Great Lakes were named appropriately. They are just so beautiful flying over, next to or around them.
7. Sault St. Marie (aka – Chippewa County Airport) is very close to Canadian airspace. Having a friend who is flying the race and is a retired Philly air traffic controller has its advantages. It was nice being cleared into Canadian airspace without having to ask.
8. Having a GREAT mechanic that works on the airplane you are flying in the ARC is priceless. We had that in 2010 and again in 2012. Thanks Kent!!!!!
9. Flying with your friends in the ARC is amazing. Meeting new friends because of the ARC is amazing. Being teased about your East coast accent by the Wisconsin & Minnesota girls was strange. Eh……
10. Having an aircraft owner who hands over his plane to two crazy women trying to race the ARC is beyond my comprehension. Without Tom Smith giving us the plane we wouldn’t have been able to fly this incredible race and experience the things we did. Tom & Bobbe you are the best and we will be forever in debt to your amazing kindness.
I just wanted to thank all of you that followed us so closely during our two week aviation camp. It was a view of our beautiful country that cannot be experienced in any other way than a small plane. During those two weeks we were flying in the plane for 45.5hrs. Just to give you a better prospective….we flew those 45.5hrs. in only 8 days.
Thanks for your support!!!!!