“Now is the time,” The walrus said, “To speak of many things, of sailing ships, and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.”
– Alice in Wonderland
The final day of the most exciting trip was finally here. It was clear and sunny in St Simons Island. Winds were gusting at Leesburg, but would start to subside by late afternoon.
Other than fighting to keep the aircraft level and maintain altitude, the trip home was uneventful. We stopped at Siler City airport for fuel for the aircraft and a quick lunch. The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Siler city has self serve fuel, but they are happy to help you fuel up. They also gave us a rickety loaner car to grab some lunch. We drove over to Smithfields, a traditional North Carolina restaurant for lunch just 10 minutes away.
After a 2 hour layover in Siler City, Linda and I departed on the last leg of our journey. We had wanted to wait out a little longer, to allow the winds to die down. There were gusting 18-25 kts at JYO. For good measure, we called the FBO at JYO to check on the winds. Slight to moderate turbulence rocked us around and headwinds all the way, slowed us down. But in good time we made it to Leesburg, just barely beating Paul and Sylvia who were returning from the Bahamas.
“How is the landing?” asked Paul
“Easy,” responded I, “Winds are straight down the runway!”
What an incredible journey!
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