Monthly Archives: June 2008

Road Trip to SF – Day 4 – Hospital Visit

[ Sleepy Mood: Sleepy ]
So it’s 3:30am and I just got back from the hospital. It’s not what you’re thinking. I didn’t fly today. Since I’ve been under the weather a bit and Tuesday wore me out from all the high wind driving I slept in late Wednesday. When I finally was ready there was no wind. I sat around a bit, had lunch and eventually drove over to Fort Funston. My main reason for going over there was to walk the beach. I’ve only seen the Pacific ocean 3 times in my life.

As the day wore on I was starting to feel worse. I went back to the hotel mid afternoon and vegged out all day. At least it wasn’t flyable – I wasn’t missing anything.

My head was getting worse and worse. I couldn’t sleep. So finally about 2am I gave up and went to the hospital. My suspicions were on the money – I have a sinus infection. So the next few days I will be taking antibiotics and pain meds. I took the first round a few minutes ago. I’m hoping to kill time for the drugs to kick in so I can sleep. I’m exhausted. I’ll probably read this later and discover it’s not in English.

So how’s your vacation? surrender

Road Trip to SF – Day 3 – Driving: Elko to San Francisco

The word of the day is "wind". Too much wind. And strong, and cross, and gusty. Not a lot of fun driving today. 9 hours with stops. And there was a lot of wind. And it seems half of I-80 is under construction.

I left Elko, NV about 9:30am and arrived at the hotel about 6:30pm. I checked-in and dropped off some gear then drove straight to Fort Funston – about 2.5 miles away. They were having their monthly club meeting at 7:30. It seemed like a good way to get all signed up and meet some of the guys.

Wednesday isn’t looking too good for flying the Fort or McClure. Some guys are heading up to Hull. I may join them but it’s a 3-4 hour drive. I’m only going if I can get a ride. I’m just too burned out on driving.

So tonight I play catch-up. Tomorrow may be a good day to relax, get some rest, and do a little sight seeing in the area. Maybe I’ll rent a bicycle. No wait, that’s not rest.

Road Trip to SF – Day 2 – Some flying, some driving

I’ve been a little under the weather the last few days (of course, I’m on a trip) so I didn’t get up too early to fly. Plus I didn’t get in until 2:30am and I didn’t sleep well.

I arrived at the Point about 10:30am. Two hang gliders were flying around on the south side. It was breezy and getting thermally. I setup slowly and finally head out to launch. No one was flying at the moment. I used my new found basetube launch technique and went up for a short flight. It was punchy and I was tired so I only flew about 5 or 10 minutes. I wasn’t very high so I tried to top land before I got lower. Due to my height my setup was not as I hoped. I was closer to the face of the ridge than I’m used to and I couldn’t turn enough to check my sideways drift. I came down drifting to the right a little. My base tube touched the ground and the glider stopped my body had some momentum. Not a lot but just enough to slam my arm into the back of the downtube. Ouch. No whack. The glider is fine. And I’m fine except for a rather large bruise. Oh well. Lesson learned. After a couple of minutes I walked back out to launch and went up for some more. I did two or three passes and worked a thermal up 200 feet and decided to land. This one was much better and more like I’m used to. I landed this one just fine. I walked over to the setup area and tied up my glider.

This would be all the flying I would do today at the Point. It was getting close to noon and everyone else was packing up. I was talking with Ryan Voight and Jeff O’brien. They, and a few others, were going to Inspiration that afternoon. Hmmmm. Do I join them or get on the road? I decided to join the fun and see a new sight.

We met in the LZ at 2pm and we loaded up Jeff’s car and drove to launch. There was a guy already setup when we arrived up top. It wasn’t looking great. It was strong and crossing from the left (South) a ways but we were hopeful. So we setup.

Bruce launched first and didn’t get much more than an extended sledder to the "bail out" LZ. A while later Greg launched and was able to work some lift but never got up. He made it out to the soccer field LZ. Jeff launched shortly after Greg. He did a little better but didn’t get up too much either.

Shad and I were waiting for it to get better. By 5pm we were thinking of giving it until 6. Shad got a call and had to bolt. I decided to break down and hit the road. The winds were strong and rather cross. Ryan broke down Shad’s glider then we drove the trucks down and I hit the road.

Thanks guys for the tour.

I made it to Elko, NV arriving at about 11pm (now Pacific time). I was wiped out. It’s supposed to be windy Tuesday and I have a hotel reservation in San Francisco so I’m going to drive straight through. No Slide Tuesday.

Road Trip to SF – Day 1 – Denver to SLC

I left Denver about 5pm and arrived in SLC about 2:30am. Ugh, I’m tired. I need to get up and fly at the Point of the Mountain in the morning. Here’s the tentative plan for the trip:

Mon 9th: POTM, then drive to Reno.
Tue 10th: Maybe fly Slide, drive to San Francisco.
Wed 11th – Wed 18th: Fly Fort Funston and McClure. Possible other sites.
Thu 19th – Fri 20th: Drive back to Denver.
Sat 21st: Fly to Jersey with my son to visit my family.