The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

Flight 25) Nairobi – Kasulu

Once again I got to fly over the largest body of fresh water in the world, Lake Victoria. It is also the start of the River Nile, the longest river in the world. Although this time I only skirted the south of the lake, the sun ahead of me reflected of the water and showed every detail of the shore extremely clearly.

I continued on to the next massive body of water, Lake Tanganyika. Flying over Burundi I caught sight of the north of the lake and turned south to head to Kasulu. Descending low and following the water my fuel was running dangerously low. It was pretty hard to spot the runway so had to use the GPS to show me its location. This wasn’t due to clouds or poor visibility this time. It was because it was an unlit, dirt track in the middle of nowhere, outside of the main town of Kasulu. With no radio based at the airfield I called in my landing but found there was no way to refuel. I have been refuelling by visiting the airport fuel pumps or requesting the fuel truck.

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Kasulu Airfield

I couldn’t find out too much about Kasulu but they do have a really lovely choir which seems to be rather popular. I just wish I knew what they were singing. See the following videos.

This one is really catchy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu59aFdfw6k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Z3LBtDA3M

With low fuel and fading light I took off almost straight away and flew to the north end of Lake Tanganyika. Here was a larger international airport to cater for Bujumbura city. As I contacted the tower and was granted landing clearance I was sure my fuel gauge was reading empty but my small plane made it to the ground and to its parking spot for this stage of the adventure.

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Burundi Airport

Burundi International Airport: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz2zmoPLmYg