Paul Godfrey asked a few days ago if anyone was interested to go with him to Murchison for lunch on Sunday 🙂
After thinking about it for half an hour, I rang him and left a message. Later that day he rang me back to confirm that I could fly with him,if the weather was good enough.
This was going to be a big test for me, flying for hours through the mountains, but a great experience !!!!!
Then this morning, I met up with Paul at the Rangiora airport. It was a beautiful day, no wind and no clouds!! We fueled the plane (I think we had about 90 liters) and a checked around the plane before we took off.
The Kitfox ZK-JFA
Slowly climbing through beautiful snowy mountains
Hope river valey towards the Lewis pass rd
Lewis pass summit rest area
As the Murchison airstrip would possibly have fog hanging around, we made a little stop at Springs Junction.
Click here for the Springs Junction airstrip: SpringsJunction
Next leg to Murchison for lunch:
Click here for the Murchison airstrip: Murchison
Walked into Murchison and had lunch at Beachwoods, and continued our trip through the Buller gorge past Westport to Greymouth.
Westport in the distance
Beautiful coast line
Flying South to Greymouth
Greymouth just ahead, with the airport in the middle of the photo
Click here for the Greymouth airstrip: Greymouth
A bit of time for stretching the legs, a talk with a local at the air strip here in Greymouth, and then the last leg back home via the Arthurs pass valley.
Moana at Lake Brunner
Closer to the massive mountains, flying towards Arthurs pass
Me and Paul
Arthurs pass summit; Deaths Corner
Out on the other side, The Waimak
Just amazing, rivers paddocks more rivers and snow snow and more snow
Almost home over those mountains there 🙂 Blackwater lake down below
This has been such an amazing experience, something I will not forget soon.
Thanks Paul for giving me the opportunity to fly with you.
Ooh and yes I flew a bit as well, that was great. Will have to get used to this plane as I will (if everything goes well) be getting lessons in a similar plane to this one getting my tail dragger experience !!
This is what we flew today 🙂 Click here: sun7aug2016 for a full size zoom-able map.