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Old 06-17-2021, 04:58 PM
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Cincy - Charlevoix - Empire - Cincy

Charlevoix reconnaissance for my wife and Sleeping Bear Dunes camping for me. I looked at the weather on Saturday and Tues-Thursday looked good. the overnight low was forecasted to be 11C at Empire. I was ready for some cool weather. I really didn't have my camping act together for this trip. I arrived at the hangar without my sleeping bag and had to go back home to get it. I know, I know, get a list!

I broke my fuel sump needle on my last trip so I swapped the one I had on my hangar door. When I sumped the tanks in Charlevoix I found some little black flakes, so I kept sumping, 4 times until I got it all. fighting a headwind on the way up, running low.



















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Old 06-17-2021, 05:05 PM
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Charlevoix is a nice place and reasonable cost but I was going very cheap since it was just me. $68 motel and a bike. I rode all the streets in Charlevoix and had a nice dinner with a couple beers. it is a very pleasant place. my wife would like it. I didn't get any photos of Charlevoix because I just wanted to ride free. the bike was free from the airport. it was a good bike. I learned that I can easily ride an upright bike with a 50L backpack to the motel.







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Old 06-17-2021, 05:09 PM
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the next day was off to camping and Empire Y87. I made a low pass at five airports along the way to have a look at them and get a feel for the place. Beautiful country!

Empire airport runway was listed to be in poor condition but it looked good to me.



















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Old 06-17-2021, 05:43 PM
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Thanks for the ride along!

Now you done it, I'm picking up a box of Nutty Buddy at the grocery store tomorrow, and I'll eat them all when I get home, just like a teenager. I'm sure Tanya will have no sympathy afterwords .
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Old 06-17-2021, 06:39 PM
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the Empire campsite is directly adjacent to the airport or I was told you can camp on the airport. I had the courtesy truck so I could easily get around. I am a camping newbie. I camped some with the scouts a very long time ago but never from the airplane except at Oshkosh. I came to realize that I need to have lighter gear. that is my big takeaway from this test run. also, I need to put my food away at night because something tore up my food. what animal makes this track? it's as wide as my shoe. I must have been sound asleep. I slept in a bag directly on the ground with some pine needles under. it was comfortable.

the morning temperature was 11C.

good tailwind coming home. trip time = 2:05.









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a couple photos of the dunes from a trail. try climbing this dune. I did it 20 yrs ago but not now.





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Simplicity is the art in design.
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Thanks for the ride along!

Now you done it, I'm picking up a box of Nutty Buddy at the grocery store tomorrow, and I'll eat them all when I get home, just like a teenager. I'm sure Tanya will have no sympathy afterwords .
yes, Nutty Buddy's are my go to snack since childhood. I'm glad they haven't changed.
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Nice trip Steve!

Agreed on the camping gear, I’ve been shopping the backpacking specials for several years now. Found my fairly large tent that works well for 2 people and gear is 8.5 lbs and easy to setup. 2 chairs at just over 1 lb each and the size of a water bottle.
I often toss a sleeping bag in the airplane on long trips just in case, my old bag is rated for 20* and 8 lbs and the size of a backpack. It’s often too hot. I finally bit the bullet and bought a Nemo down bag, 15* rating that compresses down slightly larger than a football and 2 lbs 12 oz. I used it on my last trip and it’s amazing. The size and weight is pretty incredible and even more so even with the lower temp rating I wasn’t hot even in 50*.
Next thing I need to condense/lighten up is my tool and tie down kit.
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:28 AM
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Nice trip Steve!

Agreed on the camping gear, I’ve been shopping the backpacking specials for several years now. Found my fairly large tent that works well for 2 people and gear is 8.5 lbs and easy to setup. 2 chairs at just over 1 lb each and the size of a water bottle.
I often toss a sleeping bag in the airplane on long trips just in case, my old bag is rated for 20* and 8 lbs and the size of a backpack. It’s often too hot. I finally bit the bullet and bought a Nemo down bag, 15* rating that compresses down slightly larger than a football and 2 lbs 12 oz. I used it on my last trip and it’s amazing. The size and weight is pretty incredible and even more so even with the lower temp rating I wasn’t hot even in 50*.
Next thing I need to condense/lighten up is my tool and tie down kit.
my two man tent is old, a Wal-mart special, it has been good for many years but it is heavy, 15 lb. the carry bag is on it's last legs and I noticed the tent is getting some holes. my sleeping bag is the same vintage, cheap, old and heavy. time to renew.

I landed at Bolton from the South. the trees there are about 50 ft tall and there is a road at the South end that creates a tunnel effect for the wind. I was in a slip and got a significant wing dip from the tunnel. next time I will crab in until just before touchdown. hopefully, that will reduce the wing dip effect.

nice place and good trails. Northern Michigan is a nice place.











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also, up that way is the Pere Marquette River Lodge. Amanda and I did some fishing there a couple years ago. we are planning another fishing trip there in the Fall. walk to the lodge from the airport, 1 mile.

https://www.pmlodge.com/
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Simplicity is the art in design.
I was born an airplane nut. I have no explanation for it.
My Artwork is freely given and published and cannot be patented.
www.rvplasticparts.com

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