With just 2 flying days to go until we get back to Tooradin, we were keen to get going this morning. But unfortunately, due to weather, today was not a flying day. I feel we are so close & yet so far away from home.
As a thunderstorm rolled over us last night, I was hoping this weather would pass & leave us with reasonable flying weather today. However it was not to be.
This morning, we packed up from our hotel, got picked up at 8.30 (a late start this morning) & was at the Port Lincoln Airport by 9 am. With planes packed & ready to go, we continued to make a number of calls to different people at various airfields along our flight path to determine the actual weather.
It was looking okay to the south, but that was in the opposite direction to which we needed to go. We were planning on flying north to Whyalla, then fly across the bay & track south to Aldinga. Aldinga is actually directly across the bay from Port Lincoln but we are trying to stick to the coast as much as possible.
To the north, there was rain & thunderstorms coming in & in Adelaide it was raining. This meant that there were two sections of lousy weather on our way to our final destination for today of Aldinga.
We looked at alternate routes going down south across the bay to Kangaroo Island & then up to Aldinga, but unfortunately, the restricted areas were still active. This meant we would have to fly a long way out to sea which I wasn’t that comfortable with as, if we got stuck in bad weather, we would have no way out.
We considered going further north & then east, however the low cloud & high mountains weren’t very inviting. It just wasn’t a safe option. With no reasonable options left, we decided to call it a day & spend another night in Port Lincoln.
The synoptic charts show another cold front coming through tomorrow morning. At this stage, we are not even sure if we will be able to get out tomorrow. If we can make it to Aldinga tomorrow, we will just spend one night there, instead of our planned 2 night stay & fly our last leg, hopefully, on Sunday back to Tooradin.
If we have to delay & stay in Port Lincoln for tomorrow night too, we will still spend one night in Aldinga on Sunday & fly into Tooradin on Monday. It’s in the hands of the weather gods!
We managed to book in again into the same hotel as last night. Thanks to the Port Lincoln Hotel for giving us a generous discounted rate for our rooms.
While we were waiting for our rooms to be ready, Barry & Pamela took us on a sight seeing tour to Mick Hart’s Skypark. This is a property with 2 airstrips, a hangar & a barn full of boys’ toys. I loved the Pit Special plus also his RV6 which Mick flew out in yesterday to welcome me to Port Lincoln.
Mick has collected lots of stuff, from planes to jeeps, to an old 50’s caravan & even an ornithopter & so much more, all arranged so neatly on display. We all had a great time checking it all out. Thanks Mick!
Mick really impressed me as he had a poster board showing a flight he did in 2011 in which he flew in his RV6, along with 2 other planes, around the coast of Australia in 14 days! (includes 3 rest days) – fantastic, that’s a quick way to see the country!
We went back to the hotel & settled in again for another night. I got my washing done (thanks Linda) & caught up on some emails.
All the pilots in the team will get together tonight & we will check the latest weather forecast & work out our next plan of action. I’m really hoping the weather improves so we can continue our journey tomorrow.
Over & out,