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I'm appreciating more each year the diverse scenery that Virginia offers and getting a better feel for the back roads when I get a chance to get out and stretch with some exploring. Sometimes it's extremely rewarding to just get out and get good and lost -here's a tale as an example:

I was out toodling around on some back roads in the Piedmont area - flat with rolling hills, farmland and sporadic forests and horse farms - when I saw an open field, a large old house and a group of buildings in row with a windsock on the end building. The windsock caught my eye of course, and the house was clearly empty and abandoned with a For Sale sign on it. The buildings lined up in a row looked to be in pretty rough shape too, housing some rusted old farm equipment.

I couldn't see evidence of a soul in sight and the entrance was open so clearly this warranted further examination. Here's what it looked like form the road (after I walked out to take the picture after parking near the end building).

The%20building%20on%20the%20end%20was%20the%20only%20one%20in%20good%20condition%20and%20it%20took%20me%20a%20while%20to%20notice%20the%20bars%20on%20the%20windows,%20indicating%20that%20it%20was%20likely%20in%20use%20and%20so%20I%20exercised%20some%20caution,%20but%20still%20wanted%20to%20look%20around%20%20bit...I'm%20assuming%20the%20\"For%20Sale\"%20sign%20and%20open%20entryway%20meant%20it%20as%20OK%20to%20look%20around%20just%20a%20tad.... The%20buildings%20immediately%20adjacent%20to%20this%20shed%20(or%20hangar?)%20were%20nowhere%20in%20the%20same%20condition... Closer%20inspection%20however%20revealed%20the%20building%20to%20be%20a%20T-hangar%20which%20immediately%20sparked%20additional%20curiosity...the%20mind%20wonders%20what%20may%20have%20been%20parked%20under%20this%20roof%20in%20the%20past... Turning%20around%20to%20look%20for%20evidence%20that%20this%20was%20an%20airfield%20of%20some%20sort%20only%20revealed%20a%20partially%20plowed%20field%20accessible%20beyond%20a%20slight%20muddy%20area...I%20suppose%20that's%20wide%20enough%20for%20light%20aircraft%20operations%20and%20the%20tracks%20don't%20look%20that%20old... Turning%20back%20around%20I%20then%20noticed%20a%20white%20sign%20on%20the%20inside%20of%20the%20fence%20back%20by%20the%20road,%20which%20at%20first%20seemed%20a%20little%20odd,%20most%20signs%20are%20on%20the%20road-side%20of%20a%20fence%20but%20this%20one%20seemed%20meant%20to%20be%20read%20by%20people%20already%20on%20the%20property.%20Walking%20over%20to%20it%20and%20reading%20it%20explained%20why: Interesting!%20%20So,%20having%20solved%20this%20little%20mystery%20and%20not%20wanting%20to%20overstay%20my%20welcome%20I%20mounted%20up%20again%20and%20began%20to%20head%20out.%20%20I%20was%20just%20about%20to%20pull%20out%20onto%20the%20road%20again%20and%20was%20waiting%20for%20an%20SUV%20approaching%20from%20the%20right%20to%20go%20by%20when%20it%20slowed%20down,%20then%20slowed%20down%20some%20more,%20then%20almost%20came%20to%20a%20stop%20with%20its%20turn%20signal%20on,%20wanting%20to%20turn%20left%20into%20the%20property.%20the%20driver%20looking%20at%20me.%20%20He%20had%20his%20turn%20signal%20on%20and%20waved%20me%20to%20exit%20first,%20which%20I%20did.%20%20I%20turned%20right%20onto%20the%20road%20and%20noticed%20he%20was%20kind%20of%20staring%20me%20down,%20giving%20me%20that%20\"what%20are%20you%20doing%20on%20this%20property\"%20look.%20%20 In%20the%20split%20second%20as%20I%20went%20by%20him%20is%20when%20I%20noticed%20it.%20%20The%20tail%20section%20of%20an%20aircraft%20-%20a%20very%20small%20aircraft%20-%20inside%20his%20vehicle.%20%20%20The%20familiar%20curve%20of%20the%20vertical%20stabilizer%20and%20rudder%20of%20a%20Pitts%20Special,%20just%20much%20smaller%20than%20the%20real%20thing%20-%20but%20VERY%20BIG%20for%20a%20model.%20 As%20I%20shifted%20into%20second%20gear%20my%20curiousity%20got%20the%20better%20of%20me%20so%20I%20slowed%20and%20did%20a%20U-turn%20and%20went%20back%20onto%20the%20property.%20%20The%20driver%20saw%20this%20and%20slowed%20to%20let%20me%20ride%20up%20beside%20him%20so%20we%20could%20chat. Turned%20out%20to%20be%20a%20real%20nice%20guy%20who%20was%20part%20of%20a%20giant-scale%20R/C%20flying%20club%20that%20used%20that%20field%20on%20the%20weekends%20for%20their%20activities.%20%20He%20said%20I%20was%20welcome%20to%20hang%20out%20and%20that%20more%20members%20would%20be%20showing%20up%20soon.%20%20When%20fate%20hands%20you%20these%20fascinating%20chance%20encounters%20you%20don't%20say%20no,%20so%20I%20took%20him%20up%20on%20it! Long%20story%20short%20I%20had%20a%20great%20time,%20met%20some%20cool%20folks%20and%20saw%20some%20neat%20sights!%20%20Here's%20some%20hilites... First%20we%20had%20to%20go%20all%20the%20way%20down%20to%20the%20end%20of%20the%20field%20which%20is%20on%20a%20very%20slight%20hill%20so%20that%20you%20can't%20see%20their%20parking%20and%20flying%20area%20from%20the%20road.%20%20There'd%20been%20a%20lot%20of%20rain%20lately%20so%20there%20was%20LOTS%20of%20mud%20to%20cross,%20and%20I'd%20just%20got%20new%20tires%20on%20my%20bike,%20unfortunately%20this%20time%20around%20I%20went%20with%20more%20street-oriented%20tires%20instead%20of%20the%20usual%20offroad%20ones%20it's%20had%20on%20it,%20so%20I%20had%20my%20hands%20a%20little%20full%20getting%20a%20fully%20loaded%20bike%20through%20the%20muddy%20ruts.... Here's%20the%20dude%20in%20the%20SUV%20(name%20actually%20turned%20out%20to%20be%20Gary)%20standing%20out%20by%20the%20grass%20runway%20doing%20his%20thing%20with%20his%20plane%20-%20it%20turned%20out%20to%20be%20a%20model%20of%20a%20Pitts%20Bulldog%20in%20fact,%20which%20is%20a%20Pitts%20Special%20with%20radial%20power%20-%20in%20this%20case%20a%20two-cylinder%201.2cc%20gas%20engine.%20%20When%20these%20guys%20say%20\"Giant%20Scale\"%20they're%20not%20kidding,%20the%20wingspans%20have%20to%20exceed%2090%20inches%20to%20qualify%20and%20his%20plane%20is%20in%20the%20far%20background...you%20want%20to%20think%20it's%20between%20the%20camera%20and%20him,%20but%20 The%20guy%20kneeling%20in%20front%20of%20Gary%20(name%20is%20Dave,%20I%20think)%20was%20working%20on%20a%20jet-engine%20powered%20model%20aircraft.%20%20This%20was%20a%20real%20honest-to-god%20turbine%20engine%20running%20kerosene%20and%20spewing%20flame%20out%20the%20back%20end%20and%20all.%20%20If%20you%20look%20carefully%20you'll%20notice%20some%20bare%20ground%20under%20the%20tail%20section,%20he%20had%20started%20it%20up%20a%20few%20times%20and%20had%20managed%20to%20singe%20the%20grass%20pretty%20good,%20explaining%20the%20presence%20of%20the%20fire%20extinguisher%20(mandatory).%20%20Unfortunately%20he%20was%20fighting%20some%20\"restart\"%20issues%20and%20couldn't%20get%20it%20running%20to%20his%20satisfaction%20so%20no%20pictures%20of%20it%20tearing%20up%20the%20sky.%20%20Sounded%20awesome%20when%20it%20was%20running%20on%20the%20ground%20though. While%20this%20was%20going%20on%20I%20noticed%20the%20sound%20of%20a%20prop%20plane%20coming%20form%20behind%20the%20flight%20line%20and%20was%20surprised%20to%20see%20a%20Piper%20Cub%20approaching%20the%20field%20from%20just%20above%20treetop%20level.%20%20At%20this%20point%20things%20were%20so%20confusing%20on%20terms%20of%20scale%20that%20I%20had%20to%20rub%20my%20eyes%20to%20see%20if%20I%20was%20looking%20at%20another%20giant%20scale%20model%20or%20the%20real%20thing.%20%20When%20the%20plane%20cleared%20some%20power%20lines%20and%20dove%20down%20toward%20the%20runway%20and%20made%20a%20pass%20over%20us,%20waving%20out%20the%20open%20cockpit%20window,%20it%20was%20clear%20it%20was%20the%20real%20thing%20though.%20%20VERY%20cool!%20Turns%20out%20it%20was%20the%20owner%20of%20the%20property,%20who%20still%20flew%20out%20of%20it.%20%20The%20R/C'ers%20quickly%20landed%20their%20planes%20when%20they%20heard%20him%20coming,%20after%20overflying%20the%20strip%20on%20downwind%20he%20made%20a%20quick%20turn%20onto%20base%20and%20then%20a%20VERY%20short%20final... After%20landing%20he%20taxied%20down%20to%20the%20one%20operational%20hangar%20on%20the%20property%20in%20the%20very%20first%20picture%20above%20(with%20the%20windsock%20on%20the%20roof).%20%20He%20later%20walked%20over%20wearing%20a%20T-shirt%20with%20a%20Piper%20Cub%20on%20it%20that%20said%20\"Legalize%20Low%20Flying!\".%20%20%20Hilarious%20individual! Meanwhile%20a%20couple%20guys%20were%20prepping%20a%20P-47%20and%20a%20P-40%20with%20the%20(predictable)%20AVG%20paint%20scheme: The%20guy%20with%20the%20red%20&%20white%20aerobatic%20monoplane%20is%20named%20Howard,%20I%20hung%20out%20with%20him%20yakking%20planes%20and%20bikes,%20he%20rides%20a%20Yamaha%20FZ6%20and%20he%20thought%20it%20was%20funny%20we%20both%20had%20the%20exact%20same%20hi-vis%20yellow%20riding%20jackets...this%20is%20him%20in%20the%20lower%20right%20of%20the%20picture,%20kicking%20back... Oh%20yeah%20that%20really%20big%20biplane%20in%20the%20foreground%20of%20some%20of%20the%20above%20pictures?%20%20Was%20a%20brand-new%20bird%20brought%20by%20the%20local%20ace%20pilot%20of%20the%20group,%20a%20very%20big%20and%20gregarious%20gentleman%20who%20had%20spent%20the%20winter%20putting%20it%20together%20and%20was%20going%20to%20take%20it%20up%20on%20its%20first%20flight%20that%20day.%20%20Unfortunately%20for%20transportation%20all%20the%20wing%20and%20tail%20section%20panels%20are%20removable,%20which%20means%20that%20they%20have%20to%20painstakingly%20be%20put%20back%20in%20place%20and%20all%20the%20flying%20wires%20rigged%20back%20up%20-%20he%20explained%20as%20he%20was%20working%20on%20it%20that%20it%20was%20built%20for%203D%20(read:EXTREME)%20aerobatics%20so%20the%20flying%20wires%20were%20most%20definitely%20a%20working%20part%20of%20the%20airframe,%20there;s%20so%20much%20stress%20involved%20the%20plane%20would%20crumple%20out%20without%20them.%20%20And%20naturally%20he%20wanted%20to%20get%20it%20right%20for%20the%20first%20flight,%20so%20he%20was%20taking%20his%20time.%20I%20was%20there%20for%20about%20two%20hours%20and%20it%20took%20that%20long%20for%20him%20to%20get%20to%20the%20point%20where%20he%20was%20ready%20to%20start%20the%20engine. This%20thing%20was%20HUGE%20though,%20more%20like%201/3%20scale%20than%201/4%20scale,%20and%20he%20said%20he%20knows%20someone%20who%20is%20working%20on%20a%20HALF-0scal%20Christen%20Eagle%20and%20will%20probably%20have%20it%20out%20at%20the%20field%20later%20this%20year%20(!!!!!) When%20it%20was%20time%20to%20fire%20the%20engine%20up%20he%20got%20Howard%20to%20hold%20onto%20the%20bird%20while%20he%20flipped%20the%20prop...someone%20asked%20why%20he%20didn't%20just%20let%20the%20kid%20sit%20in%20it%20and%20fly%20it%20for%20him... Most%20guys%20were%20using%20big%20padded%20sticks%20to%20flip%20the%20props,%20but%20not%20this%20guy.%20%20He%20was%20old%20school%20all%20the%20way,%20flingin'%20that%20bad%20TWO-FOOT-PLUS%20prop%20by%20hand!!!

Unfortunately the battery on my phone started dying so I couldn't take any more pictures, and this gent still had lots to do, like run the engine in on the ground some and make sure everything was dialed in. It was about time for me to start getting home if I wanted to be on time for dinner so I bid 'em a good day and promised to come back (I do have an uncovered 92" wingspan Gee Bee Model Y airframe in the basement they may find interesting). All told I was there for quite a while and even had a heck of a sunburned face the next day from looking at the sky so much.

One heck of a nice little back-road getaway surprise if I do say so myself!


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These kinds of unexpected finds are what riding is all about. Seldom do "planned rides" pan out as much cool stuff as the "just toodling about" ones do. Wink

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Great stuff Cool
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Great stuff indeed! Thanks for sharing!!
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Very cool. Smile


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Enjoyed that a lot Stoopy, thanks.

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That's awesome. Thanks for sharing Stoopy.

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Y'all are welcome guys, thanks!

Just got back from a cross-country drive from Denver to VA....sorry about the late response.

The property it's on was very interesting - the large house for sale looks to be quite old and had 3 chimneys so lots of fireplaces inside. But apparently it needs "a few hundred thousand dollars" worth of restoration to come out of the condemned state it's in. If I ever won the lottery it would be a great property to buy and fly something light and fun (Bellanca Scout?) out of that airstrip. The owner of the Piper Cub also apparently has a Stinson Reliant that he flies in and out of there as well (!!!!)


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The property it's on was very interesting - the large house for sale looks to be quite old and had 3 chimneys so lots of fireplaces inside. But apparently it needs "a few hundred thousand dollars" worth of restoration to come out of the condemned state it's in.



In the business, this is known as a "unique fixer-upper opportunity". Wink

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NEVER MIND THE VIRTUAL STYE! STOOPY FOUND A REAL ONE FOR US.
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I' doing my best to negotiate Willy! Might have to spruce up my giant scale GeeBee Model Y hanging in the basement. Smile

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So true - even when things don't go as well as planned they're sometimes "interesting" at least and perhaps even funny, at least in hindsight:

www.stromtrooper.com/g...-must.html

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