Dear blog followers, we have updated this entire blog with edits and additional photographs. Please feel free to enjoy scrolling through the days of our Journey Around the World 2015. Thanks for your interest along our way.
Diann & Tom Baumann
Summary of Statistics: Journey Around the World 2015
Nautical miles traveled: 26,689.9
Average Ground speed: 276.4 Knots
Fastest ground speed: 374 Knots
Hours logged in TBM: 96.5 hrs.
Number of countries landed: 26
Number of significant of water crossings (> 200 NM): 15
Cans of Prist added: 27
Quarts of oil added: 6
Aircraft repairs: Replaced Radar in TBM in Sinagore
0800 transfer to airport, we did routine pre-flight procedures and embarked on our last two legs of our Around the World Journey. The forecasted storm with possible icing in the vicinity of Great Falls actually became no threat upon arrival nor on departure. Tailwinds assisted our 1.5 and 3.5 legs today.
Yesterday’s crossing of the international dateline found us leaving Russia Monday morning and landing Anchorage Sunday at 2230 in the fading sunlight. We need to adjust to a new Monday morning!
Tom and I explored downtown Anchorage and enjoyed a delicious tenderloin steak sandwich at Club Paris Restaurant (as recommended by our friend, Richard). We came upon the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts where we viewed “Aurora–Alaska’s Great Northern Lights”. How perfectly informative and relaxing to see the stunning digital presentation of the Aurora Borealis with incredible original music scores. It took us across the Greatland, sharing the grandeur of Alaska’s vast landscapes and beautiful star-filled winter skies. I marvel at the patience, pursistance and luck of the photographer, Dave Parkhurst’s, capture of these brilliant lights.
The Air Journey group met for another fantastic dinner at the Simon & Seafort restaurant.
We attended the pilot briefing and then repacked for next day’s long leg—fortunately the forcast calls for significant tailwinds which should give us a non-stop flight to Seattle.
We had a reasonable wake-up and departure today with a 10:40 am take-off in our TBM. Moved clocks forward 3 hours as we made one of our long over water crossings (over the Sea of Okhotsk).
Many military planes were parked on this airfield.
Our second Russian airport was handled smoothly with “Tonya” as our “handler” we were off to our 40 minute ride to another town to an “UP-north” type of resort, Ahmapuyc, with non-air conditioned rooms we actually found the evening cool down quite pleasant. The Russian beer was tasty and their food very good. I enjoyed the borscht soup and the delicious Russian style chicken.
Nagoya, Japan to the Island of Sakhalinsk, Russia. Our customs experience was serious in Russia with 5-6 serious Russian military around our airplane. On a positive note, it was nice to open our door to cooler temperatures (18 C)
An interested young man greeted us at the airport and took photos of airplanes and pilots.
This is a stark looking place and there are so many people smoking.
The half-hour drive to the only “decent” hotel gave us an overview of the town. Reported, there are two oil companies (Exxon and Shell) with large portion of business in Sakhalinsk. The housing buildings are austere, very old and run down, resembling housing projects. Very depressing until we came upon a small, but nice green park near the Pacific Plaza Hotel.
Very basic accommodations! We actually only had time to eat, sleep and dress for next day flight.
Second day of rainy weather in Nagoya due to reminants of current typhoon Nangka which hit parts of Japan. This was a great day to catch up on rest, email and blogging. Unfortunately, being in our room proved dangerous to Diann: I acidently smashed my right foot into furniture and limped the remainder of our trip. Urgent care at home (July 24th) diagnosed 4th and 5th toe displaced fractures! Happy to pass on walking around Airventure with Tom the day after our return home.
We are fortunate to stay at the Marriott adjacent to the train station and a major shopping mall. Time to pick up our Japanese gifts or just window shop at the high-end shops.
Dinner was entertaining at an Hibachi restaurant — tasty and fun with our group.