Friday, January 14, 2011

Flying High

Yesterday morning came quickly. I woke up anxious, nervous, sad, excited, and completely unsure about my long trip south in our little Cessna.
First, I had to get my little boys ready for school and hug them goodbye. The morning went by fast and smoothly. The kids are troupers and got ready with tolerated my giant tight hugs every 7 minutes. They were sad to see us leave but very excited for a weekend with Grammie and Grampa.
Finally, there was no avoiding it. It was time to hop in the plane.
The cards lined up beautifully for us. A major snowstorm that dumped several feet up and down the east coast hit us on Wednesday. Schools were closed and most commercial flights were canceled. LUCKY!!! If that storm hit one day later we would have had a major issue. Instead, the skies were blue and the winds were in our favor.

My husband flew us safely and smoothly. Once we were in the air on our first of two legs, I calmed down nicely. Take off is the worst part for me. I feel very vulnerable. However, 10 minutes into the flight I realized I had to go to the bathroom. I kept my mouth shut. Shortly thereafer, Mark proudly declared that if the winds continued to be so strong at our back, we wouldn't make our first stop until Virginia! VIRGINIA???? There was NO Way I could imagine 'holding it' from Maine to Virginia. It was bad. It's not like you can just sweetly say, "Um, honey, is ok if you just pull over quickly at that gas station? I drank too much coffe...." yeah right. NOt really a choice. I was on FULL Try to relax and not tthink about it mode. I read vorociously and survived until Delaware! I was proud. In all seriousness, Mark did great. He is so understanding of my fears and all he could to reassure me. He is completely at ease up there so that is comforting. I had a little uncertainty when he was turned around or holding a map with two hands and reading those heiroglyphics. Why aren't you watching the road? I'd ask him...
Oh, Auto pilot. Ok, what's that about. Why should I trust Him???
It was all good. A super easy flight.
Two 6 hour legs. We departed Maine at 10:30 and arrived at 5:30 with a 45 min stop. Not bad!!
Below are a few pictures from our journey.



Looking out at our home as we flew away........



my personal pilot




the cockpit



the runway and the hanger were plowed out but that's about it....


another look at Oxford Hills



The photo above is looking at the Manhattan skyline (hard to see) and below is JFK airport in NYC


We're here!!! 5:30 p.m.


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I'm feeling great today. Mark and I are having fun relaxing together. It's Amazing to me how easy it is to prep for a Run event rather than a Tri. Wow...there's not much to do! I slept 10 solid hours last night and now I feel completely ready to race hard.

I have a super hard goal for myself. And that is why I'm not putting it out there until I'm done. It's the way I need to do it this time.

The weather is beautiful. IT's bright bright sunshine and comfortable. I'd say 40s right now. By No means Hot South Carolina weather which is Great for this Maine girl in January.

16 comments:

Marisa said...

Those are FABULOUS pics-- what a great way to travel! Is your seat next to Mark or behind?

Kim said...

that is so cool ange!

Ange said...

Marisa, next to him. There are 2 seats behind us.

JenniferLeah said...

Ahhh, that brings back memories of flying with my Dad growing up! We had a Cessna 152 and I was such a Daddy's girl, we went ALL OVER the place (but never THAT far south!!)

Glad you made it to Delaware :) Enjoy your stay in SC

JenniferLeah said...

oh PS...see ya at the Polarbear in May as you go whizzing by me!! LOL

Angela and David said...

Awesome. We used to fly on my grandfather's cessna (and his helicopter). Those flights always scared me less than commercial flights. There was something reassuring about knowing the person in control.

Good luck this weekend!

Jennifer Harrison said...

YES!!! Here we go!! GO GO GO ANGE! And, I am deathly afraid of heights, so the pics are EEKS - glad you got there ok! GOOD LUCK!!

Christi said...

Go kill it!

cheryl said...

Wow! What a neat way to travel! Hope you have a fun and fast race!

Mary IronMatron said...

Wow. I can't believe you flew in that little plane all the way to SC! Glad it all went well! (except for the need to pee...)
GOOD LUCK, ANGE! You are going to rock this race!! xoxoxo

Caratunk Girl said...

Good luck ANGE!! Go get them!

FFigawi said...

How cool to have Mark be able to fly you down there! Now that's traveling in style. :)

Good luck tomorrow!

Linda said...

What a nice way to go! Is that a Cessna 172? My hubs grew up flying a 182, now flies a Socata TB10. Crush your marathon!

Sarah Woulfin said...

best wishes for a superduper marathon!!!

dawn said...

Have a terrific race Ange!

Marni said...

OMG those pics are amazing!! Next time, tell Mark to fly you to Florida to come and see me!
congrats again on your race...you are amazing!
-marn