Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A day off!

After yesterday's flight I decided to take a day off.  I *am* on vacation after all, and I have a 2-week comp coming up next week, so I don't want to wear myself out prematurely!

After working on my tan, I drove for Jim et al while they all flew from Tapalpa launch.  Lee and Ray had nice flights and landed in the Piano, while Jim and Derek flew north to the edge of the Rim.  It was north winds up high so they were reporting lots of drift-back and frustrating forward progress; it took them over 2 hours to get to the Cross!

Alien mothership sitting over Serro Viejo
Despite a valiant effort they both dirted on the crossing to the San Marcos side; the north wind was just too much to penetrate effectively.  Derek landed out in boony-country...I eventually found him after finally finding the proper road that led to his co-ordinates; none of these little backroads are on the GPS!

In between retrieves I also took Ray and Lee up to San Marcos for their afternoon flight, so by the end of the day I had lots of practice driving on the local Mexican roads!

Regrouped in Los Pozos and we tried to take the quick route home, but yet another traffic accident blocked our way; the police told us it would be "tres horas" (3 hours) before the road could be reopened, so we took an alternate route.  Geez, it's safer to paraglide here than to drive!

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