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A Corner-to-Corner, Covid-Dodging, Cross-Country Sprint

August 1, 2020

I’ve written before of the semiannual cross-country flight that Nancy and I make in Echo Charlie, our beloved V35B. In the fall, it’s Seattle to Singer Island, Florida, with a stop at the Beech Party enroute. This time our spring return flight to the Northwest was complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rather than a leisurely meander around weather to discover fun little towns, our goal was a straight line with one overnight to minimize stops. We had a one-week window blocked the third week of April but delayed a month in the hope that the pandemic would subside. We previously had the last week of May and first week of June blocked out for a river cruise in China, including two nights in Wuhan. As Dave Barry would say, “I swear I’m not making this up!” We kept that time open for our corner-to-corner (southeastern Florida to northwestern Washington) cross-country flight to improve our odds of making it in only two days.