|Passing Woodlake at 6000'|
Task 5 tracklog.
Another beautiful day in California, as the clouds dissipated and the cu's started popping. Today's task was downwind to the Porterville Airport via the flats, about 96km. Climbs were really high today (for here) to 7000' in the mountains and 6000' on the flats passing Woodlake, which made today much easier compared to yesterday; the wind was lighter too!
I got separated from the lead gaggle at Orange Cove so Dean and I flew together on a deeper line in the foothills, passing the lead gaggle while they were stuck on a ridge further on the flats. But we all met up just outside Lindsay/Exeter when it was time to push out for the last TP and then it was decision time...do the flats into goal, or return to the hills until goal.
Last time I ended up here I got massive lift directly over the airport, and today was no exception; everyone was doing big ears and wingovers etc to get down; there was so much lift. The skies were full of cu's and we could have continued to Bakersfield I'm sure, but we were all so tired that we just wanted to land!
|Final glide into Porterville airport|