“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more. We must be over the rainbow! Now I know we’re not in Kansas!” – Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz
And “GO”… Finally, like race horses out of the gate, chomping at their bits to go, we were given the all clear for a departure at 01:00am from Newton City Airport, Kansas, bound for Bermuda. Not the exact routing we were initially planning for but far more preferable in the long run with heavy snow and icing on the North East Coast and into Canada preventing us venturing North.
One of the great privileges of being a pilot is of course, going places, different, interesting places. Had you asked me a couple of years ago if I’d ever find myself on the Island of Bermuda, I seriously would’ve doubted it. I am fast realising though that perhaps I shouldn’t be too hasty in predicting the future. 1630nm, 8.5 hours and 3000 lbs of Jet A1 later and here we are, almost as simple as clicking our heals together. Our new C208EX performed flawlessly and 8.5 hours has given us plenty of opportunity to get to grips with our G1000 flight deck.
Bermuda has presented some interesting sites and opportunities. The mandatory exploration began just after checking in at our hotel, Grotto Bay Beach Resort. A sign to “Cathedral Cave” as we took a leisurely stroll down to the beach tweaked our interest. Descending into the cave, an enormous amphitheatre decorated with stalactites and natural rock columns towering over a translucent turquoise underground lake presented one of those completely unexpected, breathtaking “wow” moments. There was no hesitating, no matter what the temperature of that water, we simply had to swim in it. We did!
Only a couple of minutes ago, we received a mail from Aviation Dynamix advising us that our planned departure tomorrow morning for The Azores has been delayed to tomorrow afternoon due some more weather over the Atlantic. The plan is to stop briefly to fuel and to depart immediately for the Canary Islands.
Well, I guess this means a couple more hours to explore Bermuda.