A lesson in clouds
Trip Start Jul 28, 2012
34Trip End Ongoing
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Leaving Salta we climb 10,500 feet to get over the mountains and are pleasantly surprised to get a push from behind. Our speed gets up to 150mph and we have the wind at our back all the way to our first fuel stop in Catamarca.
Departing Catamarca we are pleased to see the GPS register 386 miles to San Rafael
In our attempt to regain elevation and favorable winds, we encounter nasty turbulence, that brings silence to the inside of the plane. Fortunately, we climb through it after a few minutes and get a nice push that has us cruising around 125 nauts. The landscape below has turned barren with Andean foothills rising from the floor.
A third of the way to San Rafael we encounter cloud cover that will cause unpleasant turbulence. Patrick takes the little lady up to 12,500 and we enjoy a smooth ride at 130-140 nauts for the next 1.5 hours we enjoy fast flying. Then 50 miles out from San Rafael we encounter snow as we descend below the cloud level.
Atypically, the tiny San Rafael airport is bustling with activity when we arrive. Kuko comes to pick us up and we head to Patrick’s to watch the sunset over the lake.