I have made numerous flights across the Continental US in my 1992 Kolb MKIII.
I fly to Monument Valley, Utah, and beyond, each year, in mid-May. We started the Unplanned/Unorganized Kolb Flyin, Monument Valley, Utah, in 2003. Have made that flight every year since the inception.
I have crossed the Rockies in my Kolb MKIII, powered with a Rotax 912ULS 100 hp engine, everywhere from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border.
For the MV flight I fly west through Clovis, NM, to Los Lunas, just south of Albuequerque, Gallup, then NW to MV. I have flown from California back East on I-70. BTW, I am in Alabama, 25 miles north of Montgomery.
I-40 is easiest as far as altitude.
I-70 and I-80 is challenging because of altitude. I usually fly from Burns Junction, OR, to Jack Pot, NV, Brigham City, UT, Rock Springs, WY, Laramie, WY, then across Kansas to Neosho, MO, and direct to Titus, Alabama. It is always difficult crossing the Rockies out of Brigham City. Need more than 10,000 feet to do it. Usually, catch some bad weather somewhere inbetween there and in to Kansas.
If you would like to, please call me at home. I will be glad to discuss the flight with you.
I have flown my MKIII around the border of CONUS in conjunction with a 3,000 mile dog leg to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in 1994. That flight was 17,400 miles in 41 days and 232 flight hours. I was just a kid at 55.
Flew to Point Barrow, Alaska, in 2001, on my way from Alabama to Oshkosh. Forget how many miles that one was, but don't think I even got a handshake from any of the EAA elite, although it was probably one of the longest flights to get to Air Venture 2001.
Flew back to Point Barrow, Alaska, in 2004, at the age of 65, in the same MKIII. Also flew to Kaktovik, AK, and Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territory, Canada, northern most Eskimo village in the North American Continent, in Canada.
Was going back to Alaska this summer to celebrate my 70th year, but things here at home prevented the flight this. Maybe next year when I am 71.
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