Around the world in Cessna 182

November 18, 2003
Valdivia, Chile (SCVD) to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina (SAVC)

After two days of rest, I was ready to continue my big adventure. I did not get as much daylight on this part of my trip as I was hoping (so sightseeing was limited), but I guess that is the compromise I will keep having to make. If I am to wait for the perfect time of the day and the perfect weather conditions every time, my trip around the world would take 3 years.

As you can see on the shots below, the weather has not really improved since I arrived to Valdivia two days ago, it was still raining. Soon upon the take off though, I climbed above the weather and got to enjoy yet another great sunset.

Today's flight was following the heading 136, the direct route from Valdivia, Chile to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. Since the mountains this far south, are not too high, flying over them was not a problem. I maintained 11,000 ft. most of the time, as I was enjoying nice tail wind at that altitude and the ground speed of over 140 kn.

Both Valdivia and Comodoro Rivadavia are coastal cities, but they are on two different oceans, which brings up an interesting question! When I fly off the tip of South America towards the Antarctica in a few days (over Drake passage), which ocean will I be flying over? Hmmm, I guess I should look that up.

Take off from Valdivia

Flying through heavy rain

Breaking through the clouds
Final approach to Comodoro Rivadavia airport
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