Since George can’t find the words (yet) to describe his euphoria, it’s up to me to give everyone a glimpse of why he has a perma-grin on his face. His feet may be on the ground right now, but his soul is still aloft and soaring over Shenandoah.
His brand new Ozone Buzz Z3 wing and Ozone Oxygen 2 harness finally arrived from Vietnam, and once the weather was agreeable (I thought we were done with obsessing over the weather), he hopped on his KLR and took off for the mountains.
George on launch:
“My first mountain flight. My first flight with my new wing and harness, my first thermal. Wow! I can’t begin to describe what this was like for me. In terms of advancing in the sport this was a kind of a quantum leap for me.”
This was George’s fourth flight:
“Not shown but I was able to make “Big Ears” on this flight, use the speed bar, and also make good turns with just weight shift (no brakes) while in “Big Ears”. Useful for surviving a situation called “Cloud Suck”.”
(Cloud suck is getting caught in a widespread area of rising air and you literally get sucked up into the clouds, and it’s very difficult to get down because you’re ascending faster than the normal speed of descent. In case you were wondering.)
One happy and sweaty boy.
Everything fits for the ride home, except for the sleeping bag in the yellow drybag. 5 minutes later, his rear tire went flat thanks to a nail in the grass. Total cost of new tube, 2 hours labor and “tow” to the motorcycle shop? $69.