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How stupid of me to
think that since we have two nights in Yakutsk, I could sleep late. 7:45 AM, Rafael
calls to wake me up for 9 AM breakfast. I told him no and don't call again.
They scheduled a whole day with the mayor and press conferences and tea with W.W.II women
pilots. It's going to take me 2 days of being real lazy and sleeping late to catch
up. Maybe in Alaska. We have been working on a plan to get out of Russia in a
few days. Nikki and I have permission to fly from Magadan to Anadyr and then Nome
without an escort again. All the controllers know about this flight and want to
help. Anatoly and Valery want to airline from Magadan to Anadyr to make sure we get
fuel and don't get charged. These guys have been fantastic. But they are
wearing us out. One more night of sleep and we'll be fine. Prayers are
everything but the press conference. Yes! Rest today. At the press
conference we learned a lot. Earlier, when we had a little trouble being cleared
from St. Petersburg to Moscow, we were thinking that the air traffic controllers were on
strike. Well, they aren't> They were supposed to but when they were told
about this flight by the International Flight Safety Foundation, they said they would
postpone their strike until August 9th. We are scheduled to exit Russia on the 8th.
Nikki and I just looked at teach other dumbfounded. This is National News in
Russia and we can tell everywhere we go. Amazing! We are very humbled.
Oh yeah, another thing we learned today. When we landed here in Yakutsk, we were met
by a woman dressed in their traditional costume. She held a wooden goblet type
thing. After singing to us, she it to each of the 4 of us and we drank a thin milky
looking liquid. Today we learned it was horse milk. (I saw Nikki pawing the
ground tonight). Tomorrow we should be rested. I promise you, the last two
days of flying have been by the grace of Tomlinson Avionics. I think Carey Tomlinson
and Dickey Robertson knew I would get tired so they really fixed me up right. Being
out here in no-mans land, I tend to pat the panel and blow them a long distance kiss.
I plug different airports in the G.P.S all the time. "Hey Nikki, only 3,713 NM
to Nome, only2,972 NM to Nome" and so on. Carey, you thought of everything but
one! You forgot the little interpreter that I need installed in the Audio Panel.
We'll talk when I get back!!
P.S. Our man,
Doug Dawson (our knight in shining armor) told me that I need to correct some of my
spelling and grammar. Well, just use it as a measure of fatigue on the spelling and
the grammar, well, I'm a redneck?
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