I've finally made it back, and it's nice to be home after more than three weeks away.
When I got up this morning, the weather was VFR in Dayton and MVFR in Ithaca (forecast to clear to VFR by the time I got there). There were large patches of IFR and LIFR reported in eastern Ohio along my route, but the forecast was for them to clear up by 11AM.
As forecast, the overcast at Dayton broke up to the east, and within ten minutes of takeoff I was flying along at 5,500 feet under cloudless skies and smooth air.
Someone was burning something in Chesterville, Ohio/
Two Rorschach Ponds for the last day of my trip...
All roads meet in Hartville, Ohio.
Lake Milton, Ohio.
The bridge and dam on the Mahoning River in Girard, Ohio.
There was a broken undercast at around 200 feet above ground level for a stretch of about 75 miles from Franklin, Ohio, to Bradford, Pennsylvania. The undercast was never complete, but as I approached the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, it broke up into these parallel waves of clouds. It was like looking down on the earth through a picket fence.
The undercast ended shortly before I reached Bradford, Pennsylvania.
The Canisteo River near Cameron, NY.
After three and a half hours in the air, my destination is finally in sight - that's KITH, Ithaca Airport, just past the lake.
The view up Cayuga Lake was spectacular, and a great "welcome home" for 493 and me.
Home at last.