And the journey begins...
Trip Start May 02, 2013
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My eldest sister, Jenna, flew in yesterday from San Francisco with my flight instructor of 7 plus years, Harold Gallagher. I did not see her until around 8 PM last night. We had a nice dinner with the family (minus my youngest sister Betsy) and my girlfriend, Eden
I woke up around 6:30 AM and hoped the shower. I caught myself questioning why in the world I was getting up this early for a 5-hour flight to Boulder. It was frustrating considering the little sleep I got. I then remembered the main reason for getting up early and that was to meet some press at the airport.
We got out to the airport a little late (7:50 AM.) There were already two local media stations out there and I gave a general welcome and thanked everyone for coming. The morning was full of many emotions; I am not even usually an emotional guy. There were many prayers and we actually had the trip blessed for safe travel by a preacher. It was nice to hear all of this before my departure. I took pictures with many people. It was great to see the support of all my family, friends and people that were just interested in my flight.
For all the pilots out there my routing and power were as follows:
KFAT OAL TPH MLF HVE JNC KBDU
17,000 feet MSL 16.0 MP/2400RPM Rich of Peak @ 14 GPH
It was a long climb up to altitude because of the warmer temperatures and heavy load
The flight was actually quite uneventful. It took me about 4.5 hours and there was no adverse weather for the duration of the flight. I had about a 10-knot tailwind through California, Nevada and part of Utah. When I got into Colorado the winds decided it would be fun to switch direction and gave me a 14-knot headwind. I would say that my average speed on that flight was 170 knots.
I was excited to come into Boulder because that is where I go to school. Boulder, Colorado sits right on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, making a very rapid decent into the airport necessary. A storm had just come through and you could definitely tell, the flat irons looked beautiful with a coat of snow. When I arrived to Boulder I had a greeting crew of about 15 people including my sister Betsy, a couple of her friends, a few of my close friends, my flight instructor Earl, Aunt Patty, Uncle John, cousin Siena and some family friends from Africa
After talking with everyone for a while I proceeded to go to my fraternity (SAE) where I met up with a lot of my friends. Everyone was very excited about what I was doing and it was fun to see all the guys for a few hours. My buddy, Finn, then drove me to my aunt and uncles where I had dinner and got some much needed rest. Before going to bed I checked the weather for the next days trip to NYC (or at least I thought NYC.) At the time there was a LONG line of precipitation going from the northern most part of the country to the southern most part of the country. This precipitation did not contain thunderstorms but did contain icing conditions. My hope was that the weather would pass in time for me to be able to go all the way to NYC.
The first day of my around the world journey was a success and I was excited to get started.