From Mimi: Seems like it was just yesterday we had all the time in the world to prepare for this race. No problem! Now I'm looking at a calendar in a bit of panic, realizing that in one month, I'll be flying my Mooney toward Mobile, parking it there for a week and a half, and climbing in a Cherokee 180 bound for Iowa City. Whatever we didn't get done by then won't be getting done. Yikes!
So, now we have a couple of new sponsors! Don Ford, mechanic extraordinaire at Mobile Regional Maintenance, has lent his expertise to signing off Ms. Lima's annual and making sure she's in tip-top race shape. Also, Joe Ebert at PilotJunk.com has promised to lend us a SPOT satellite-based personal locater, so that we can leave a breadcrumb trail of our adventure. We may not be sure where we're going, but we'll have a record of where we've been!
Linda says our azalea-festooned shirts are ready, Ms. Lima's waiting for a part, and then she'll be all set, we've both completed on-line air safety courses. We need to make sure our log books are up-to-date, and a few hotel reservations made... and then we'll boot up GoogleEarth and fly this adventure in sea-level comfort. Whee! Somehow I get the feeling that it's going to look a bit different as viewed from Ms. Lima's cockpit.