July 2, 2014

To Excideuil

After my exploits yesterday with my wood-burner flue, I thought that I at least owed myself a flight in 56NE, especially as I hadn’t flown since 1st June. However, the day dawned warm but a bit dull and overcast, so it looked as though my hopes were in vain and I turned my attention to other things. Then on my way to the supermarket, I noticed that while I hadn’t been watching, the day had transformed itself, with a bright blue sky covered with fluffy white clouds, visibility transformed out of all recognition and, best of all, no wind. So it looked like Plan A was back on again and as I already had a flight loaded into my satnav, I got myself across to Galinat for a late afternoon take off.

My planned flight took me north via Montignac, la Bachellerie and St Rabier to Hautefort once again, where I then planned to turn north-west to head up to Excideuil. I passed it when I flew down from England in MYRO but haven’t visited since, so I was looking forward to the experience. I then planned to head south-west along the River Isle, which eventually passes through Perigueux a few kilometres further on, turning south after a short distance at the little village of Mayac to return to Galinat via Thenon. Here’s a shot of my intended route.

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I took off at 17.55 pm and could tell immediately that this was going to be a flight to remember. The sky was beautiful, visibility was good and there was very little wind to worry about. But the best thing of all was that because it was late in the day, there was no thermic turbulence to contend with and not even many patches of lift or sink to distract from the wonderful view from around 1700 feet. I took quite a few photographs during the flight and the best thing is just to let them tell the story. First, the village of la Bachellerie, which is just on the south side of the A89 motorway that links Brive and Bordeaux and can be seen in the top part of the pic.

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Then on to St Rabier, which is almost in the corresponding position to la Bachellerie on the north side of the motorway.

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I then flew past the tiny village of Chassaignas but didn’t take any photographs until I arrived at my next waypoint, Hautefort. I took several shots of the village and its impressive chateau a few weeks ago and included it in a video at the time, but it looked so stunning in the sunshine today that I couldn’t resist taking some more pictures.

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Although my intended main destination was Excideuil, I think that Hautefort turned out to be the highlight of the flight for me and I’m so glad that I included it in my flight plan. Next turning point then, Excideuil with it’s castle.

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Not long after, I turned to head back to Galinat. I planned to take in the village of Thenon, and I’m glad that I did, because although I took a few shots some months ago, today it looked transformed in the sunlight topped off with blue sky and white clouds.

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I was amazed to find that from Thenon I could see Galinat quite clearly in the distance and from that point on, I was almost (but not quite 😀 ) flying a very (very!) long final. I landed back at Galinat exactly an hour after taking off and I was able to reflect on what has to have been one of my most enjoyable flights since I started flying down here in the Dordogne. I hope that you enjoyed the pictures and can see why 😉