I fear in my last couple of posts I may have been a little hard on the Middle Coast. There is more here than corn fields and straight roads. In fact, with a little open-minded exploration, it is even possible to find a twisty bit here and there. And even if the roads are straight, or just gently curved, one thing the area has in abundance is natural beauty.
Over the weekend, I took the Triumph out for a little exercise and exploration. The two of us found a few interesting places.
Maybe you've noticed, maybe you haven't - it might just be people who are into aviation that do - but there are little airports everywhere. My explorations took me past Flying Cloud airport. Flying Cloud is actually pretty major, as small airports go. They average about 341 aircraft operations per day, and get a fair amount of small jet traffic. Also, they're close enough to the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest* that said amusement park has to limit the height of its rides in order to comply with FAA regulations.
|Looks like pilots may have a "loud pipes save lives" contingent as well.|
|"Why haven't we ridden this way before?"|
"I'm still figuring out the lay of the land, Triumph..."
|"This is far more fun than the farm country was, Lucky."|
|"OK, I'm kind of enjoying this. I still need new shoes, though."|
"Yes, Triumph, we're going to get you new shoes soon."
*Thanks for that turn of phrase, Chris Cope.
**Thanks for reminding me of that resource, Fuzzy.