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HANGING ONTO DREAMS
It all started normally enough. I wanted to do my 500K, but the year had been horrible for soaring. I had flown my 300K in 1998 to qualify for entering Standard Class in Region 10. But I also noticed that, there were only two more weeks of decent weather after the contest, and then everything shut down for the season.
So the next year, I was approaching the 500K with the knowledge that at any time, the season can end. Mother Nature only deals out so many 500K days a year and it’s up to me to either act on it or keep quiet. The plan is to stay home Saturday, which almost inevitably results in perfect weather, and then go up Sunday, which should be the same weather since Austin was in the middle of a huge air mass that wasn’t going anywhere. I arrive to hear that Saturday was indeed fantastic. I rig, fill the wings with as much water as they can hold, and push out on the flight line. I am thankful that I am able to cut into line in front of our Grob, but not too thrilled that the instructor is suggesting I should have taken off an hour ago.