As I rigged things kept looking better with cloud bases rising, it was looking like a certain thing that I would be sharing the skies and experience with Alby. Forecast was for better conditions to the south and I knew that the early going was going to be a ground skimming experience with cloud bases around 2500 AGL. Normally I would have worked towards the mountains where the cloud bases are much higher with better lift, but by the time I launched it had over developed and the clouds were sitting on top of the peaks with no room for Alby, me and my glider. So off I went south down I-5 following a string of airports that I kept clicking off every 10-15 miles. It was a day to fly very conservatively, one wrong step and we were going to be landing out. For the first 30 miles we rarely got over 2500 AGL.
In order to make it to Hollister I needed to climb over the mountains to get to Hollister from the central valley. On the first attempt I didn’t connect and retreated, on the second attempt I connected with a climb to over 4k with good lift being marked by clouds towards Hollister. The only challenge at that point was to dodge the columns of rain and hail that where falling from some very dark cumulus clouds that were very serious looking. Alby and I got a little wet on the way and landed in bright sunshine at Hollister. We were greeted by the local glider pilots and congratulated on our flight, a little surprised that I appeared out of that darkened sky to the east. I made the introduction and now Alby is their guest until he gets help from those at Hollister. I believe his next destination is Avenal in the central valley of California.