Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Little River - Arcata - Bandon / Beechcraft Bonanza A36 (N6835W) / VFR

More low-altitude flights along the shoreline as I work my way up the coast.

At 2500 feet I'm consistently below a cloud deck and I have pretty good visibility. The scenery is nice, with waves breaking along occasional narrow beaches and impressive rock cliffs. I lose sight of the highway for a while and cannot find it on charts or out the window, but it's hard to miss the shoreline.

I stayed in Arcata overnight, then continued on to Bandon the next day. I've flown some 800 nm since leaving Furnace Creek in my trusty Bonanza. I have lots of ballast on the opposite side of the aircraft so that I don't have to trim the ailerons just to fly in a straight line—I hate it when the aircraft has any tendency to roll to either side in cruise.

The same cloud deck has followed me all along the coast. We'll see if it clears for subsequent flights. I think I'll try to make it to SeaTac on my next leg.