80 knots head wind and a long flight

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The Fine Arts Museum of Santa Fe against the blue New Mexican sky
We were not able to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum due to a  detour into one of the galleries on the way! You know how sometimes you make a "wrong" turn, and did not end up where you thought? Oh well,  so after browsing in the gallery (a nice one), we ran out of time so we headed back to the airport and took off for California.

It was VERY windy, headwinds no less, so we were flying so slowly that we had to make a refueling stop in Blythe just inside the border of California. Usually the airplane does about 150-160 knots ground speed, but we were only doing 80-90, as slow as some Cessnas. While airplanes going east were really flying with the 80 knots tailwind they had. But we made it back and were able to pick up our puppies before the kennel closed. So all were happy. We headed home the next day after spending the night with my parents in Los Angeles.

Some statistics:

this trip was almost 6000 miles with about 40 hours in flight,
16 airports (not counting the one at home), including 4 in Canada, 8 states (including California)
and met 15 classmates.
Our altitudes ranged from about 3500 ft over parts of Canada, to 20000 ft over Phoenix.
Speed ranged from as slow as 80 knots in Arizona with the headwinds going west, to about 220 knots with tailwinds while going east.
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