XC Turkey 2010: Day four – parawaiting and sightseeing

Today the forecast was for strong winds and some cloud cover, so we travelled up to launch earlier than the other days. As we arrived it was clear that the wind was indeed quite strong, so some parawaiting ensued.

In the end the task was cancelled, and the 4×4 pickup convoy raced off to try and find an alternative launch to use for some dynamic soaring.

This turned into something of a wild goose chase, and most pilots opted to go back to Karaman and do some tourist sightseeing.

I went for a walk in the hills South of the Karadag with Olivier, Fabrice and Claude, and we found some very old remains of what we thought was a prehistoric worshipping site carved into the rocks at the top of one basalt cone hill.

We also saw some good birds, like many Long-legged Buzzards, Rock Nuthatches and Black Redstarts, plus Isabella’s Wheatear.

Anyway, lets hope the conditions improve for tomorrow, where the Restricted Zone will be lifted and we can fly North again, in the direction of the prevailing wind.

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