6 p.m.: From a distance of fifteen miles, I call the Ann Arbor tower and receive a clearance to land, enter the landing pattern, drop the landing gear, and end up rolling out on the grass runway. I've flown for six hours, and traveled 350 miles, on one quart of gasoline: 1,400 miles to the gallon!
Sitting in my sailplane, looking up at the sky, I recall the beauty of the flight--the clouds, my fellow glider enthusiast, the hawk, and the patterns of the earth below. It has been a truly magnificent day of soaring.
Onlinecontest.org recognized Sullivan's flight as the longest in a four-state area in 2011. His website is skypics.com.
[Originally published in July, 2012.]