The epic journey continues…onward north up the west coast.

Mooney Seven Charlie Foxtrot

Wind turbines northeast of Livermore, California Wind turbines northeast of Livermore, California

We had an early start today: up at 5:20 am, to catch an early commuter train to Palo Alto — thankfully, an express train that flew past most of the stations along the way.  Alberto, our mechanic at Palo Alto, wanted to meet with us before he had to head out at 8 am.  We made the trip easy: a cab was waiting for us at Roland’s house at 5:30, and once we were in Palo Alto, it was another quick cab ride to the airport.

We met with Alberto around 7:30, and chatted about our trip and 7CF’s old vacuum pump, which seized internally.  After handing us the logbook entry and the new pump’s airworthiness certificate, Alberto shows us that he wasn’t joking about “heading out” at 8 am:  he hops into a Piaggio Avanti and blasts off (by himself!), headed to Los Angeles for the day.  Not a…

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