Our adventure began on Thursday afternoon July 27th. After a thorough flight plan and pre-flight, fellow club member Heman Patel, my son Ryan, my son-in-law Geoff, and I climbed into our club’s awesome C182 (N5089N). We filed an IFR flight plan to Youngstown, OH (KYNG) and began the first leg of our journey to Oshkosh. Along the way, on most of this leg, we worked through IMC weather and flew between cloud layers.
At Youngstown, we refueled, stretched our legs and took a relief break. Now, energized for our next leg, we filed IFR and flew into Holland, Michigan. Holland is Geoff’s boyhood hometown and is located right on Lake Michigan. The airport was West Michigan Regional (KBIV), also known as Tulip City by the locals and controllers. We had a restful overnight stay at Geoff's parent’s home, had dinner and walked on the beach of Lake Michigan.