My appraisal was done by 2:30 the sky had a thin skin of high clouds and it looked like it might glass off. So.. at the last minute I decided to fly. I hurried home, pulled on my boots and was at the field setting up 3:30.The wind was light from the south so I triked to the south end of the field and set up. While I was going through the final checks the wind picked up freshly from the west. I didn’t expect success but waited for a lull and gave it a try. No Joy the wing did just as expected and came up way too crooked to attempt correcting it. Moving to the center I reset and launched without brakes to the South West.
The air was smooth for the first 500 feet but at 600ft. I was starting to get buffeted by small puffs which could have been some rotor off the foothills. Flying East over the big open fields I went downwind at a pretty good clip. A couple of times I was swung fairly hard with the wing banking 30 degrees so I turned back and slowly made my way back to the field. The throttle was not fastened as tightly as usual and it did not like going to idle so when I got to the power lines I was still at cruise and just barely penetrating. I was actively flying the wing and didn’t want to let off brake to change the trim so I just tufted it out and took my time. I was glad to be high when I caught some sink and dropped 50 feet before leveling off.
Below 200 ft.it was down right rowdy. Twice I came in on final and bolted, once when I was popped up and then some serious sink had me dropping to fast for comfort. The third try was nice. The breeze was strong and I came in at less than 10 mph and touched down as light as a feather.
Steve Abbey flew by just after I landed, my wing came down behind ready to inflate and for about 2 seconds I considered relighting the motor and joining him. He overflew me going East and when he turned back was parked right over my head. I watched him slowly make his way back toward home and collected my wing.
By the time I was ready to go the winds were way beyond flyable. I smiled at my good timing and threaded my way between the goose decoys back toward the highway.