I made another attempt at 750km yesterday. I declared Hay-Temora. I took off at 11:30am and did not start until 11:50am. Over Benalla I was not getting much more than 3000ft above ground. There were clouds to the north and I pushed into them but got to 1500ft before connecting. I then started hitting some good climbs and got to just over 8000ft. The way to Hay was still in the blue so I decided to reverse the flight and go to Temora first. The flight would then not qualify for the 750km diploma. My run to Temora was good but not great. I averaged about 100km/h. I expected to do a lot better. I think I was letting myself get too low waiting for the very strong climbs and then having to take weaker ones. After turning Temora for Hay things slowed for me even more. I went a bit north of track to avoid a blue patch but it seemed to be better on the south side. After a while of going slow I decided to turn about 100km short of the turnpoint and head for home. The run home was much better and if I could have kept that speed I probably would have been able to finish the task. I had a 105km final glide starting at 10,000ft and taking about 45 minutes. I was quite exhausted after the flight. It was certainly not my longest flight here but I was feeling a bit sick all day and did not eat anything until supper. I had an early night and I am taking it easy today.
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