I woke up early to fly Little Miss Sunshine 100 miles west to Urbana, Ohio in rainy weather to hook up with 4 other piper cubs to make the trip to Hartford and Oshkosh more comfortable. Having other pilots to "hold your hands" in case something goes wrong is always a good idea.
So after our first fuel stop, one of my wheels broke off on take-off roll, and I end up sitting in a cloud of dust on a hay field in Indiana. Of course all of the other four planes took off, leaving me for buzzard bait.
That was when the Ohio Bush Planes rescue squad kicked into action. Bill and Yvette Tracy changed course and headed my way with tools. Mean while back in eastern Ohio, Don Emsile stopped what he was doing and took wheels and tires off his cub. He flew them to me in his Scout (200 miles each way).
2-1/2 hours after the prop stopped on my cub, I was back in the air headed North West again. When you see that “Ohio Bush Plane” logo, know it is more then some crazy old pilots having fun. They also have your back!
Hartford was a great time. Thank you to Steve, and Dana with her 55 person volunteer army, who made that happen.
Oshkosh was also a pleasant surprise. Good parking for the cubs. That Vintage Aircraft restaurant and bar were new since I had been there and were well used by me.
Finally, my last couple days were spent with the Super Cubs at New Holstein. That is another extended family who would also “have one’s back” if needed.
1. "I Got Troubles" - by Bob Dylan
2. Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" - by Monty Alexander
3. "Military Medley" by our Military Band.