Lovely breakfast at Whispering Pines. Owners Tim and Gayle Graham were great. Had coffee ready by 5am, breakfast at 6am and dropped us at the airport at 7am when FBO opened. http://whisperingpinesbb-az.com/
Early start in cool calm air. Still good work out for plane starting at 5000. Flew over Sedona again on way out.
Fuel at KAEG Double Eagle – Elevation: 5837 ft. rather than kabq. Flew overhead KABQ and out the pass over I-40. Fuel at KLBB Lubbock. Time change so about 4pm.
Loaner transponder working great. Flight following all the way except small area not covered at our 7500 alt.
Continue on to kabi as weather to east not so great. Hugh line of cbs for miles though not developed. Nice FBO. Helpful staff. Several hotels with shuttles to airport. Picked Whitten with restaurants within walking and not chains. Local fare – steak BBQ and bars.
Got news of Reno Air Race crash. All neighbors known to be there are ok. Several actually saw it happen. Jimmy was a remarkable pilot and a friend to many friends. He will be missed.
Wx looks good so we should cover some ground today. Subject to change of course.