June 18, 2010
Today started out okay, picked up my co-pilot at RDU and returned to Moore County to get the plane ready and packed for the trip to Florida
We started out at noon and the first 30 minutes were horrible lots of clouds we were flying in and out of with up drafts and little rain. By the time we got to a beam of Charleston there were lots of build ups with areas of thunderstorms to the east. We managed to get through South Carolina and GA without much problems but then the radar on the GPS began making all kinds of green, yellow and red marks that indicates rain light to intense. We altered the route to fly to Ormond Beach then to Melbourne, as we began to fly west bound the weather got really bad, lightning and of course thunder but we could not hear it in the plane. Dark like going into night fall so we decided to land at Melbourne find out what the weather was actually doing in Ft. Myers. It wasn't a pretty picture, rain heavy, thunder, lightning and not the stuff a small plane should be flying in. So after much consideration we decided to stay in Melbourne for the night and fly out early the next day. Hopefully Sat. will be better.
We did manage to put our numbers (49) on the plane in the windy and sprinkling weather, they look great. Hopefully they will hold up for the entire race.