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Getting Wings

This week has been CRAZY busy! I know I say that often, but it really is true. Wednesday we took off of work for the afternoon to take care of some very important flying business. We sold our 1945 Piper J-3 Cub to a wonderful family that has a farm and is so happy to have it. Us the day they signed the papers.

Rob flew our J-3 down to a friend’s farm for pick up by the new owners. They are thrilled to have it and we are happy that it will bring them so much joy.

We get asked why we sold it, heck why did we even sell the first plane we built? And the answer is to make room for new adventures. We love the challenge of new things and we love how much flying has added to our lives. We have kicked around what would be our next plane purchase or plane build and we have settled on building an RV-10. It’s a four seat of the RV-7 we built, plus we can add extras like air conditioning! And with this build we will take our time and not try to squeeze building it in less than 4 years like the last one, that took almost every night and weekend to pull off.

A beautiful example of an RV-10, built and owned by Rob Hickman.

We probably won’t buy the first kit until we have completed our basement finishing project, but I will post as soon as we get started. We will have a website dedicated to the build, just like we had with the RV-7.

To watch our RV-10 build and the build history of our RV-7 check out:


A Perfect 10

Monday (12/19):


Tuesday (12/20):

8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1:06:24, 8:18 Pace)

Wednesday (12/21):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 43:10, 8:38 Pace)

Thursday (12/22):

12 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1:43:38, 8:39 Pace)

Friday (12/23):

5 Miles Hills (Treadmill, 2%-5% Incline, 44:44, 8:57 Pace)

Saturday (12/24):


Sunday (12/25):

16 Miles Long (Treadmill, 2:16:09, 8:31 Pace)

Monday (12/26):

9 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1:14:54, 8:20 Pace)

Total “Weekly” Miles: 55

Tuesday (12/27):

11 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:35:22, 8:41 Pace)

Wednesday (12/28):

13.1 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1:51:25, 8:31 Pace)

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and regardless of whatever you celebrate this time of the season that you got to relax and enjoy some time with those that you love.

Rob and I have been non-stop with work, home projects and spending time with our friends and families. Because of that I shifted my workouts so that I could swap my rest day scheduled Monday with my workout scheduled for Christmas Eve. Therefore my weekly workout spanned Monday the 19th to Monday the 26th.

I want to share that Rob got me some very sweet gifts, he always has great taste so I never have to give him a list or hints.

The Louis Vuitton Multicolor Cosmetic Case that matches my Multicolor Speedy.

Boston Marathon charm in sterling silver. I actually bought this and wore it all the time, including races. It was a heavy charm for racing, but I loved that with racing it would hit me around the collarbone area every now and then and I felt like it was my reminder mid race when I would feel it hit me lightly that I’ve done Boston and I could manage the race I was currently in with no problem. Well I finished a race this year to find that the charm had come off and was never to be found. 😦 I was so sad, but Rob was able to replace it for me. 🙂 Now I just won’t wear it racing so I don’t risk losing it again.

And we are making plans for our next plane build. Originally I had said that we were going to build a Hatz, but we have since had a change of heart. Instead we will be building an RV-10. We loved the RV-7 build and will be familiar with what we will be in store for us. Plus the RV-10 will be a four seat plane and have amenities like air conditioning and heated seats.

This is Rob Hickman’s RV-10

Since we already have our vintage 1945 J-3 Cub we won’t be rushing to complete this project like we did the RV-7. The RV-7 was a four year project that required Rob to work almost every night and weekend. For this RV-10 build we plan to still keep traveling and racing and have this project progress at a pace that doesn’t interfere with other stuff. It will likely take 5-8 years to finish, but it will be such a great reward when it’s complete.

You can watch all of the progress of the build on our new website and also review our RV-7 build at