"Sarah" is now in Washginton, DC
Journey is Complete
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Going Rogue that she never seen a replay of her own GOP 2008 convention speech. Laura was going to correct that. They had watched Reagan’s Time of Choosing speech back in La Crosse....
Laura had the YouTube video ready to go on her own laptop, which she connected to the office’s big flat screen. “Sarah” entered. After greeting each other, Laura told “Sarah” she had to step away for a few minutes and started the 46-minute video.
She returned about five minutes later and sat with “Sarah” to watch the rest of the video. “Thank you, Laura!” she said when it was over.
Laura’s voice quivered slightly, “Sarah, it’s time.” Laura did not want to think about the farewell that was to be in two short hours. But, the entire point of the journey boiled down to this final flight after all. In essence, that farewell was the point. Laura had a job to do. They went to the plane, started up, and Laura got the clearance.
Providential US Airways Dash-8 Q100
US Airways Dash-8 Q100 (Ed. Note: see Ron Devito Rochester Book Signings Part I and VI for significance of this).
Cleared for Takeoff
Over West Virginia
Initial Descent over Dulles
Following the Potomac River
Cleared to Land
750 Feet to Go
Flying W in southern New Jersey after a day or two.
Upon reaching General Aviation, Laura completed her post-flight checklist and started secured the plane, starting with the left wing. Unbeknownst to Laura, “Sarah” tied down the right wing, and waited as Laura went to work on the tail. When Laura swung round to the right wing, she swallowed hard, seeing that “Sarah” had done it.
Meet me here, January 20, 2021 at noon...
…Never change who you are. Don’t let this place change you.
…On January 20th at 12 noon in the year 2021, I want you to meet me here. I’ll have a jet. I’ll take you direct to Anchorage, then in this plane back to Wasilla. I took you out of Alaska. After you have led and served – let me take Alaska’s daughter home.
A Hug and a Salute
"Sarah's" motorcade was now on the ramp. "Sarah" walked toward Laura and gave her a long hug and said "thank you." "Sarah" turned and walked to the motorcade. Laura snapped to attention facing "Sarah" and raised her right hand in a salute and held it there. "Sarah" turned and waved back. Laura held the salute. "Sarah" entered the Suburban and closed the door. The motorcade pulled away, and Laura moved only to face it as it left, still holding the salute. When the motorcade was out of sight, Laura dropped to attention, then at ease, then normal. She savored the moment and the sweet 2 AM air.
She turned took a final look at the now empty seat once occupied by "Sarah" for 13 flights over 40 hours, gently closed the door and locked it, then locked her side.
From Her House to Her House...
It’s 3,314 nautical miles – 3,848 statute miles - from Wasilla to Washington. It took 40.3 hours all told; 9.1 hours of instrument flight, and 13 hours of night flight to bring "Sarah" from her house to her house (from January 20, 2013 - till January 20, 2021)….
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