While trying to fly from Greenville, SC to Pearland, TX today I stopped midway at my normal cheap fuel stop, 2R0, and proceeded on with full tanks.
I knew the Houston area was having some bad weather but expected to get closer before stopping for the night. However, I didn't expect to run into a wall of clouds at Columbia-Marion County airport, MS (0R0) just a few minutes after departing 2R0.
After a quick call to the wife to let her know where I was going to overnight my phone rang. My buddy Radomir (Another member of this forum.) called and asked why I stopped. He had been following me on www.flightradar24.com
When I explained that the weather was bad and getting worse he jumped on his computer and suggested I try to make it at least as far as Lafayette, LA. He performed a detailed weather check and found that if it was safe to depart 0R0, then I would have high ceilings and good visibility for the 130 miles it would take me to get to Lafayette.
Sure enough, after climbing in and taking off in the drizzle, the rain stopped and the sky cleared about three miles southwest of Columbia-Marion.
With 45 minutes to think about where to land I kept looking at the blue airport (Lafayette) that the SkyView was heading towards and realized I really didn't want to land at a big airport with a storm coming in. My thought was that it might be easier to find a hangar at a magenta airport. So, I arrowed over to St. Landry Parish - Ahart (OPL) and hit "Direct To".
Upon landing I noticed a nice RV-12 that was getting a rubdown prior to being pushed into a big gang hangar. As I walked up to them to ask where I could leave the -9 for the night Bob Gordon, RV-6 builder and VAF member, walked out of the hangar and introduced himself.
After talking RV's they helped me put the -9 in the big gang hangar and Bob was kind enough to give me a ride to a local hotel and pointed out a good Cajun restaurant.
It is always a pleasure to go adventuring as you never know who you will meet and the friends you will make.
Once the weather clears in the morning, I will finish the trip to Texas.