Flying my Cirrus SR22 (N627RG) around the USA.
  • Day26

    Mission Accomplished!

    October 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    We arrived back at Paine Field, Everett, WA. What an Epic Adventure. I am glad to be home.

    I flew a total of 54.3 hours covering approximately 6,500 miles. I had 24 successful takeoffs and landings. I spent a total of 7.7 hours flying in the clouds with instruments.

    Epic Adventure Epilogue

    When I am asked, “Why did I fly across the USA in my own aircraft?”, my answer is simple and to the point. I flew across the USA in my own aircraft because I have the freedom of choice and the freedom to fly. Freedom is the underlying theme of my Epic Adventure.

    In the USA, a person is free to fly a personal aircraft anywhere they choose for any reason. This statement cannot be said in many other developed countries. I know I could never fly around Europe, Asia, or the Middle East as I did in the USA. Let’s not take our freedoms for granted or give them away for a few coins of silver or false perceptions of security.

    With freedom to fly comes the responsibility to fly. Freedom and responsibility are like peanut butter and jelly – they just go together. When I fly, I am the Pilot-In-Command (PIC) which means I am solely responsible for the aircraft and everyone in it. I am trained to, and expected to, make decisions that will ensure a safe, effective, and, hopefully, enjoyable flight. This responsibility enables the freedom to fly, which I so much enjoy.

    As I flew around this great country, I gained a renewed confidence in the country and the American people. I met a lot of good folks, all who just want the best for themselves and their families. It also became very clear to me that the country is not on the verge of a “civil war” as the cable news radicals want us to believe. The country is not going to come apart at the seams. As Rhonda and I witnessed as we stood in the destroyed neighborhoods of Santa Rosa, it became clear that Americans will always choose life; will always choose to rebuild; and will always choose the hope of tomorrow over the pain of yesterday.

    I will remember this epic adventure forever. God Bless America!
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    Brett VandenBrink

    Welcome home!! Around the USA in 26 Days. Could be a good book title.

    10/4/18Reply
    Jill Virgl

    Tom and I totally enjoyed following your adventure and what an amazing adventure!!! Glad you and Rhonda are home safe and sound!

    10/6/18Reply
     
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  • Day25

    Jordan Fabrics, Grant's Pass, Oregon

    October 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Landed in Grant's Pass, OR. The reason we stopped in Grant's Pass was so Rhonda could go the the infamous Jordan Fabrics Quilt Shop. Donna Jordan is a YouTube rockstar in the quilting world. We were hoping for a Donna sighting...when lo and behold Donna walked into the store and introduced herself. I told her of our epic adventure and allowed us to take a group picture. This made Rhonda's day.

    Watch Donna's videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJenRhhbi4A

    At the airport we got this killer courtesy car.
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  • Day24

    Enjoying Another Day in Wine Country

    October 2, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Woke up to rain with the forecast for more rain. Decided to spend one more day in wine country.

    Visited the Armstrong Redwood Forest Preserve. Beautiful, old and very tall trees.
    www.sonomacounty.com/articles/armstrong-redwoods

    In October 2017 the Tubbs wildfire burned much of Northern California. The fire destroyed 2,800 home in Santa Rosa. The city is quickly rebuilding.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/21/us/california-fire-damage-map.html
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  • Day23

    Landed in Santa Rosa, CA

    October 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Starting the afternoon wine tasting at the Kendall-Jackson Estate. Also visited Fogline Winery that was also excellent.

  • Day22

    Dinner with Chris Furgis at Bashi

    September 30, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 68 °F

    Great time catching up with my long time friend, Chris Furgis. Chris and were engineering students at the University of Utah back in the 80's.

    Bashi at Terranea is a fancy resort restaurant in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    m.terranea.com/southern-california-dining
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  • Day20

    Sandia Peak Tram and Hiking Trail

    September 28, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    The Sandia Peak Tramway is an aerial tramway located adjacent to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It stretches from the northeast edge of the city to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains and has the world's third longest single span. It is the longest aerial tram in the United States. The vertical is over 4,000 feet.

    I enjoyed a hike along the crescent trail.
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