|Driving past Cayucos at 11 am|
The development was already fairly active by 10:30 so I knew it wasn't a question IF it would overdevelop, but WHEN.
|Ready for aviation on launch at Cuesta|
The flight wasn't spectacular but it was quite interesting as I negotiated my way along course (up wind since that route was clearer) around and often through graupel.
Some might say that today would have been a good day to stay on the hill - If my timing hadn't been what it was, I might agree, but today was all about timing. I was there early enough to get in the air before life got complicated with dark cells over the launch. I also was in the air before it got gusty on the ridge. Visibility was good and the big clouds weren't an issue until later in the flight, when I flew into a large bit of precipitation that covered me and my gear with graupel. Other than that bit-o-fun the flight was enjoyable and interesting.
Today was my first experiment with my Helmet Hero HD camera and the imovie software that came with my new Apple MacBook Pro. I hope you enjoy the bit of perspective that a half mile of altitude and very little protection from the elements can provide. The 90 minute flight has been trimmed to a little less than 11 minutes.
Cuesta flight from Tim O'Neill on Vimeo.
A chilly flight with some overdevelopment and precip. It was more fun than it looks!
EDIT - Here's my flight track - http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/430033