Exciting times for Nick

On this mornings flight, Nick managed to get himself in a bit of a pickle, though saved in time by a timely throwing of his reserve, depositing him safely some 400m west of launch.  At this time many of us were already landed in the valley.

Baz Rhodes happened to be at take off and lent Nick a spare reserve and on our XC flight we had some great climbs in very clear air to around 2800m.   Over the back on the south of the Gredos  the forest fires seemed to have been put out, but there was still a large plume of smoke reaching Avila.

Most bombed at the Cemetery near the pass, but Rod and Nick crossed with me, Rod landing soon after in Poveda, and Nick getting another climb to make it to the bend in the road.  Not bad after the mornings little experience………and the fact that he is also nursing an ugly looking toe after a bad arrival back from the Panera bar the day before.

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 19:50 by Steve Ham in Flying Journal.

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5 Responses to “Exciting times for Nick”

  1. Iain Says:

    That almost makes the toe sound more dramatic than the reserve chuck. Sounds like Nick’s getting his money’s worth.

  2. Rob Says:

    Come on Nick stop playing with your reserve. You know it works. Well done guys for getting over the pass, Do you want me to pop over to show you the way to Avila. 😉 Rob

  3. Nick Says:

    Quite chuffed to make headline news in the blog! I now have the most exciting three second movie in my head and I am down to eight lives left. Toe hurts like a bugger. Watch out Rob, Avilla is on the cards again today.

  4. Garry & Catherine Says:

    Nick, you’re such a drama queen. I think you’re the first of the gang to throw their reserve and glad you landed safely. Good on you both for getting over the pass. We’ll be out next week but the scariest thing I’ll manage is getting my hair wet in the pool. Garry, & Catherine

  5. Rod Says:

    Definitely feels like and achievement to get over the pass and now i know the way Avilia is next on the hit list. Also had the added bonus of putting the First Aider training that work paid for to good use by saving Nick’s toe. Pete thought it was a sure case for amputation but luckily I managed to save it with a liberal application of hydrogen peroxide. Job done.

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