Idaho Flying Trip September 7, 2016

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I left Atlantic Iowa about 8:30 am the next morning with marginal Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions caused by low ceilings and light rain. Better VFR conditions were forecast southeast along my route. However, forecasts aren't always accurate so I ended up dodging light-to-moderate rain showers and low ceilings until I got into Missouri. After getting thrown around by turbulence at 2,500 - 3,500 feet for several hundred miles unable to climb due to low ceilings, I gratefully climbed to 5,500 where the air was smoother and cooler.

Low ceilings and rain in IowaI headed southeast just north of St. Louis MO around the Class B airspace to Mount Vernon IL and stopped for fuel. Hot, hazy and humid with thunderstorms building. The weather cleared when I got into Tennessee.
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Decided to push on to Hickory with 4.5 hours left to travel. The mountains of Western NC had good weather.Lake James in the distance was a welcome site as I headed for Hickory.
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Here's the complete route that I took from McCall to Hickory.It was a great trip and I learned a lot about my airplane in the backcountry.
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