July 29, end of the TMGA Fly-In and time to head for home. First day was a flight from Minden to Ely, NV for fuel and rest stop, and then on to Grand Junction, CO for the night. In Ely, we arrived an hour after Russ and Lynn did, so we spent a few minutes together and were briefed on some of the local flying. Russ had his exceptional soaring flight the next day (reported earlier on this blog).
A couple travelling together for 2 weeks needs a lot of gear, and the Phoenix can handle it. Oh yea, the Minden Airport Authority rented us these huge hangars for $25/night and we could put 2 Phoenix in each one to share the cost, and didn't even have to take the wingtips off!
My wife is now addicted to oxygen! Kathy doesn't fare too well with altitude, so she would put her cannula on around 9000'. She became the oxygen meister, checking the pressure and turning on and monitoring the Mountain High 02D2 system. I am very lucky that altitude has never had ill effects on me, so I would usually go on oxygen around 12,000'. If we had been cruising at high altitudes for a long time, I would leave the oxygen running all the way to the ground to make sure I was fully awake for the landing. That and drinking a Red Bull 30 minutes before landing always put me in full readiness.