Surviving and thriving COVID-19!

Did you know I recently suffered through COVID-19 for eight long, miserable days….. and it ate my lunch?!

Not to be outdone, husband Boyd was on the sidelines for 10 pathetic days. When it was all said-and-done, he only had one good thing to say about COVID-19; “It’s a hell of a way to lose 12 pounds.” Wow, 12 pounds. Covid or not, I’m still trying to get 12 pounds off, plus some.

Anyway, I’m happy to report we two unvaccinated outcasts finally have that elusive “thing”. The thing?  That long awaited, much sought after, “natural immunity”.

Look out world, or at least anywhere you can get to in the Lower 48 in a 2-place airplane, we’re coming!

Oh heck, fact is, we’re well on our way!

So, ready to fly, with no definite destination in mind, in less than 6 hours yesterday laundry was caught up, and clothes and essentials for two were thrown into a small bag. A quick conversation that went something like, “Ya know, if we’re ever gonna fly the Lewis and Clark Missouri River expedition, now’d be a good time … right?” Of course, in the end it always comes down to the correct response, and just as I guessed, Mr. Boyd promptly belted out a very strong “Right!” And just like that, we were on our way, westbound.

With an ipad and a WingX navigation app we were able to quickly enter 41 Missouri River reference points. Add to that our start point, Indianapolis, (far from the Missouri River) we layed a line ending at 9S5 Three Forks, Montana. It’s a long way from Indy to the tiny mouth of the Missouri River just west of Bozeman. MT, and we were excited to be on our way.

A 1 pm Departure from Indy in the RV7 got us a decent start. Flying east to west overhead, just like the original expedition rode the river, we ovetflew it as best we could, beginning at St. Louis, MO.

An afternoon of flying got us through St. Louis, over the Missouri River, all the way to Kansas City, and NW to the suburb of Atchinson,  Kansas, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart.


Amelia Earhart birthplace, Atchison, Ks

Thank you to the FBO for letting us keep their courtesy car overnite. As luck would have it, weather turned to crap after we arrived, and the courtesy car saved the day.

Its not the best picture but it’s MY picture overflying Amelia this afternoon. We hoped to overfly the ground sculpture then head north. Weather didn’t cooperate so a 5 minute flight was only possible.

We did ultimately depart Atchinson, KS, Friday thanks to improving weather and are currently at South Dakota tonight.

Overnite, Yankton. South Dakota. And yet another free overnight courtesy car. Woohoo, we’re doing something right! 


  • Ray Johnson
    Posted at 09:24h, 10 November Reply

    A outstanding flying adventure!

  • Rich Dugger
    Posted at 00:00h, 02 October Reply

    Glad you two are back at it. And now you are 27 times more protected than I am. Unless I had it back in January.

    Keep on keepin’ on.

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