After one month away, England welcomed me back with a flyable day. So my gear and I ventured out to Buster around noon despite landing back only at 6:30 a. M. In Heathrow after 24 hour+ flight.
Spring thermals properly woke me up though and the first thermal I launched into took me to an XCable height from Buster (which almost never happens! ) There were no clouds to aim for though the north side of the south downs. I bumbled along following a buzzard until it flapped and shot off to better climbs somewhere in the distance. As I left my weak climb to try my luck downwind (never do that if you don't have anything more definitive to aim for in UK! How many times I have to learn this the hard way), I hit a lot of sink and was going to land near Harting when a west facing low ridge produced some nice lift which petered out quickly. After drifting in the weak climb for a few minutes, I left that weak climb again (mistake again… ) for a haze cap downwind which did not work and now I am near Treyford and was desperately stalking circling kites- none of whom found any lift… Oh well… It was already enough excitement for a tired brain I guess.
After landing, I did not even try hitchhiking given COVID-19 and the fact that hitchhiking near South Downs is always difficult. But to my surprise, a nice person took pity at me carrying a large pack (and I must have looked super tired) and stopped to ask me if I need a lift! Not sure if I can ever get this lucky again this season…
A beautiful day out and a surprising XC to mark the start of an interesting season amid COVID-19!