I was so glad to see my aircraft this morning & to find I had no flat tyres. Thanks to Gary & Nita from the local SES, for helping us with transport while in Carnarvon.
We also took the opportunity on this beautiful morning to take a snap shot of the team.
Today when we took off, the air was still, the sky was blue & the air was silky smooth for flying. As I tracked down the coast, I felt as though I was just floating as my plane flew so smoothly – there were no bumps – just the coastline & the translucent water below.
Today was going to be a very long day. Our first leg started from Carnarvon. We then soon completed our 4th milestone of the flight, passing by Steep Point, WA.
Our first 3 milestones included: crossing the most southerly point (South East Cape, Tas), most easterly (Cape Byron, NSW), & most northerly (Cape York, QLD).
After reaching Long Point, I turned right & tracked west over the bay, crossing Monkey Mia, where I could see ahead our final milestone.
Upon reaching Steep Point, WA, the two support planes got into position as I orbited the location & we managed to get some great photos. When I crossed Steep Point, I felt a sense of relief as we’d now achieved all four milestones.
We then all continued to head down the coast to Geraldton, our lunch & fuel stop for today. This leg from Carnarvon to Geraldton was a long one – over 3 hours – & I felt quite exhausted when I finally got out of the plane, not to mention my sore bum.
To my surprise, there was an old friend & her family waiting to greet me there. I haven’t seen Donna for over 10 years, although it was brief, it was great to catch up & chat for a short time.
Denise Bess, Captain of the Midwest Aero Club, had been following our journey on Facebook & she was there immediately to greet us & make us most welcome in the club rooms, offering drinks & a place to relax for our break.
Denise is also a competition aerobatic pilot in her Super Decathlon. She made 3 of our team members extremely happy when she took each up for an experience of their lifetime, doing aerobatics above Geraldton. Thanks Denise! They can’t stop talking about it!
Although I felt really exhausted at lunch time, I just wanted to get going & complete the final leg & get to Mandurah where we will be staying for 2 nights.
This final leg of the day was only 2 hours, with a good tailwind. As we flew further down the coast from Geraldton, we could see more & more evidence of civilisation. It seemed quite strange as many of the areas we have been flying around have been extremely remote & untouched.
We were lucky that the restricted areas along the coast of Perth had been de-activated. This meant we could fly coastal all the way along the seaside suburbs of Perth & down toward Freemantle.
As we reached Burns Beach, 2 aircraft flown by members of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia flew to meet us & joined me & escorted me down the coast to the Murrayfield Airport. It was a great welcome! Thanks to the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia for allowing us to use their airfield & facilities.
After landing in Murrayfield, it was great to meet some members & I also did an interview with the local paper (Mandurah Mail).
When we finally got into our hotel for the night, we all went out for chinese food & right now I feel very full & tired, so that’s it for tonight. Looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow & a day to rest before we head off again, on a challenging journey, as we head for home.
Over & out,