Day 12 

Route

KWYS KWMC (Winnemucca, Nevada) KPAO (Palo Alto, CA)
660 nm, 48 gallons, 5 hours and a 3 hour delay for repairs.

Weather and Terrain 

The skies were dotted with scattered storms but few convective areas.  Our RV propeller doesn't hold up well in the rain because of its composite nature.  We used ADS-B weather to navigate through the storms without a problem. 

Beneath us the terrain changed from beautiful flowing rivers akin to Yellowstone to more arid terrain and sharp craggy mountains.  3 hours out was Winnemucca where we landed.  En route to Palo Alto was even better, if that's possible, with the vista of Lake Tahoe and then the cities of NorCal and the Bay Area airspace where I learned to fly.  

Why We Chose This Route 

Palo Alto is a beautiful place and having went to school at Stanford; it would be fun to visit.  Our friends Dahni-El and Molly were also in SFO.  Winnemucca is about midway between the route though not as well staffed as we hoped.

Smooth and Not So Smooth 

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The nose wheel went flat when we landed.  Nothing went wrong with the landing.  However, there was no mechanic in Winnemucca able to respond when we landed.  They did have a full mechanical tool set for building an RV that they graciously let us use.  With some consultation we decided to remove the nose wheel and do the repair ourselves.  We foraged for the right rachets to pull off the nose wheel skirt and remove the wheel.  Then we took the wheel to Les Schwab tires and waited an hour for the 13 dollar repair.  Cheapest airplane repair ever and probably Les Schwab's first airplane repair. We hustled back to WMC with our tire and installed it.  All said and done it took 3.5 hours and we were back in the air for Palo Alto!

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It happened to be emergency medicine grand rounds when we arrived in Palo Alto so we stopped in to see our friends and learn a little about Acute HIV.  Stanford campus was beautiful as usual.  

Eats and Sleeps 

Its easy to find great food in the Bay Area.  However, I didn't realize that room prices for a budget motel would be 300 per night. AirBnB is probably the way to go but we needed some serious showering after Yellowstone.   

Highlights 

  • Palo Alto weather is fantastic,  always
  • Dinner with our friends Dahni-El and Molly at Shizen vegan Sushi restaurant included both good friends and good food--I didn't know you could do that with Sushi! 
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