Backcountry Tundra wrote:Boys, make it easy on yourself and get a Rodenator... just YouTube it and watch all the movies...gives me pure joy to see those critters dissapear and thus saving my airplane from a wreck or someone being badly hurt... Get the real thing, get the Rodenator!
670x wrote:To bad you did not buzz the town Rob. You would have had some help from the friendly locals,That's the unofficial way of calling for a ride to the Virginian hotel.
The hotels only famous for Owen Brister writing his book "The Virginian" there, plus John Madden stops in once in a while.
The owners Scott and Vicky are great people, food is good and there is a bar. Sleeping on an overstuffed goose down bed is awesome.
Thats the last unpaved air mail strip in the US that's still open for use is what I was told.
I agree with everyone else though, bush wheels.
Funnily enough, I landed at Medicine Bow in mid Sept on my way to Chicago in my vintage Aero Commander 520. I was surrounded by thunderstorms and low ceilings and could not get out. Flew a low pass to check out the surface, but had nowhere else to go, so had to commit. The Commander is very good on rough stuff, but this looked rougher than usual. High elevation, short, rough rwy doesn't make good bed fellows. But the landing wasn't as rough as I'd expected, although taxiing back I saw all the holes I managed to avoid by pure chance...
Got a ride down into the Virginian Hotel for a quick burger and then decided I'd have another go at getting out. Wind was howling, so got off in no time. Weather crap - couldn't get through this time either, so had to admit defeat and return to Medicine and spend the night. Next day the wind was gone and I was really nervous I wouldn't get out of the strip at an elev of 6600ft. Needn't have worried - she was off just a bit more than half. Not bad for a 60 year old gal with tired engines.
At 4:33 there are a couple of clips (sadly one is a profile of my ugly face as the one facing forward was out of battery) of me landing and taking off the day after at Medicine Bow.
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