Taking the grand tour

One of the things that’s been creeping to the front of my mind as I near graduation is a flying tour of the country. I’ve considered it before in the past, but it wasn’t until we bought the Yankee back in November that it became a real possibility.

Basically, I’d leave from the Puget Sound and cross the Cascades near Ellensburg, then head to Spokane before working my way through the Rockies via Missoula and Helena. It’s been suggested that I cross further south, but I’m hesitant to do so – the route winds up being much farther, and I’d spend a significantly longer stretch over the mountains than I would by hitting the major Montana cities. I don’t know about you, but the less time over serious terrain like that, the better.

Once past the mountains I’m looking at a number of options, but I’d probably try to swing through Oshkosh (even if the air show wasn’t running) just to say that I’d flown there. My final destination would be New York City, or a smaller airport nearby like Teterboro; enroute, there and back, I would also try to stop by some relatives in Maryland and Ohio.

This is all pretty hypothetical right now, but it’s certainly a trip the Yankee would be capable of making. People have gone coast-to-coast in much more poorly-equipped – not to mention flimsier – aircraft and made out just fine. Just because I’m making a career out of aviation doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with it. I’m going to spend probably the next six months working on improving the plan (and working on a return) – any suggestions for stops or alternate routes?

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