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Best of day 10: Desert, Heat, Moutains and Haze

Today was one of the longest flying day since we started this trip across America. We flew from Tucson to Blythe, then to Palm Springs and finally to Chino, in five hours. This also was one of the warmest days. The temperature in Blyth was above 100°F at 10:30 am. We had a lot of turbulence caused by the wind in mountainous areas and by convection. Even flying at 6.500 feet was not a smooth ride. The pass west of Palm Springs was the bumpiest point of today’s flight, we crossed it in the early afternoon. After that, we descended into the typical haze of Southern California. It’s good to be back to lower temperatures after the desert.

Once again, our local supporters are great. It’s surprising to see how people engage themselves in our project and support us. We visited the Planes of Fame museum in Chino and a couple of private hangars… We’re now staying by one of our supporters where we had a good dinner - much needed after today’s lunch made of two cookies at Palm Springs - and a great evening.

Our plan called for an arrival in Chino tomorrow so we’ll stay here for two nights and fly to Catalina Island on Friday, the 2nd of July. The island never seemed so close… This has been a long day, and we need a good rest. We’ll post more mountain flying pictures and greater details about today’s flight tomorrow. Having a day without flying will give us more time so catch up on blogging, and on our lives.

Stay tuned, and continue to support General Aviation by buying miles. Click on the yellow buttons on the right hand side - every mile counts, and every mile bought increases your chances to win a prize from our raffle.

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