I flew to Phoenix and back today to get some long cross country hours. I needed to get this out of the way for my commercial license anyway. I departed IFR from KMYF (Mongomery) at about 8:30 and quickly climbed above the clouds. From Mission bay, I got on to V66 and took that a LONG way. Eventually I turned north on V95 and flew directly over Phoenix Sky Harbor airport…pretty cool. I was then cleared for a visual approach in to KDVT (Deer Valley). After a greaser, I quickly taxied back and departed for KGEU (Glendale). I stopped at KGEU to gas up, stretch my legs, and grab lunch.
I filed another IFR flight plan back to KMYF. However, there are no convenient IFR departs from KGEU so I departed VFR and picked up my clearance from Luke AFB approach. They vectored me back to the airways, and I sat on V66 all the way back to KMYF. There was a nasty headwind so I was only doing about 85 kts ground speed. It took forever. When I got back to KMTF, the LOC was out, but it was VFR so I just canceled and came in visually. I landed at about 3:30. Total time away…7 hours, flight time 6.3 hours. Not to shabby..