Here are some photos of the diversion. AUX tank was a big help when deciding what to do. At the decision point I still had 5-hours of fuel to burn, 2-hour flight to PAYA so far.
I did not take any photos of the portion from PAAQ to PAEN. Too much traffic along this route, everybody was forced below the clouds, flight following through the Anchorage area verified this. Not taking pictures with this much looking out going on!
When I left Orcas Island, a call to Victoria Approach got me some flight following. A few minutes later a C182 called and asked for the same. They took off from Friday Harbor going to Ketchikan. Following pretty close to my route.
We were both routed towards Port Hardy at 8500'. Once near COMOX, they let me climb to my requested altitude of 12,500. It was a hot day so I leveled off at 10,500 to cool the engine. Once at that altitude, the C182 asked the controller to ask what winds I found at 10,500. 30mph tail wind.
Increased to 34mph at 12,500 this stayed constant along the whole route.
Didn't hear to much from him after a couple of freq. changes with Vancouver and Victoria controllers. Didn't think too much of it as he was going to Ketchikan, instead of Petersburg.
Then when nearing Gulkana, he asked me to go to a different freq to talk. He was just getting to Yakutat. We talked it over, he was IFR equipped. Found out his final destination was Soldotna, 10-miles from Kenai. Due to fuel quantity he went IFR to get there.
First time ever that someone else was flying the Coastal Mountains. Good to have company!
Note radio, GPS, and temp at altitude.
12 o'clock white peak. Behind it is the hole in the clouds over Knik Glacier-you can see it is open goin to the right, not really a good angle but time to start a descent to get down under the clouds. Was open all the way to Palmer! No more photos...Time to do some flying!