Leg 14 completed: I knew that the leg from Santa Maria, Azores to St. Johns, Newfoundland would be challenging and I was not disappointed. A beautiful flyover of the Azores for sure but crossing a pair of cold fronts resulted in heavy rain for several hours and headwinds up to 50kts at 8,000′. Ground speed dropped to 107kts at one point. So much for west bound tailwinds…. Fortunately the temps stayed around 3C so icing was not an issue until approaching St Johns. Flight time was 10hrs 5mins to cover the 1,450 kt miles. St Johns weather was 600 overcast, 0 degrees C with light rime ice.
If the weather improves a little bit here in Newfoundland tomorrow morning, leg 15 will be underway to Portsmith, NH to clear customs and then the final leg to Apalachicola, FL Friday.