At one-hundred-and-twenty-one nautical miles, the flight from Chicago to Moline was one of my longer ones. Cruising speed on my Warrior II is 118 knots. After a good night's sleep, I wake up and grab breakfast at Quad City Coffee and Pancake House, then it's off to sightsee. I check out the John Deere Pavillion and the Figge Art Museum before returning to the airport. It's cloudy when I take off, but there's still a great view of Quad City.
The flight to KCID Cedar Rapids is shorter, at seventy-one nautical miles. The overcast clouds continue, washing everything in desaturated tones.
I'm flying at five-thousand feet when the cloud bank rolls in, but I have plenty of warning and descend to twenty-five hundred long before it's upon me.