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Eastport-Houlton: To continue on my journey to the Northeast corner of the U.S., I left the Atlantic behind and headed 355 degrees. Even though the ocean was behind me, there was still plenty of water all around. At 2500 feet, I was higher than any terrain in my path, but I could see individual trees below. Much of my route was in Canada, as shown by the St. Stephen airport identifier (CCS3) when I flew over. Canada out the right window looks just like Maine out the left. The lakes began to be fewer and there was very little sign of humans apart from the occasional highway or railroad. After about 45 minutes, I found the isolated Houlton airport. It is so close to the border, the downwind landing pattern for Runway 23 looks to be in Canada.

Houlton-Frenchville: Still in the Cherokee Six, I took a heading of 003. Interestingly, the woods thinned out and there were more fields, roads, and towns. Still at 2500 feet, I passed over Presque Isle and Caribou in my push North. More and more water began to appear, and there were even some seaplane bases. Eventually I saw the lights at Northern Aroostook Regional Airport. (What a cool name!) I had arrived at Frenchville at the top right corner of the United States. I tried for a smooth landing, but managed to scrape both wingtips. I hope no one was watching. I had made it to my fourth corner! Now to Illinois, to complete the circuit.

Frenchville-Berlin, New Hampshire: From Northern Aroostook Regional I turned the PA-32 south and west, heading 237. At 3500 feet, the rugged ground was less than 2000 feet below. There were mountains on the horizon (to the left this time) and in front. I was amazed by the many big lakes, carved out by ancient glaciers. I was tracking the GPS route, hands free and stable, when I noticed the terrain was rising. Soon I was sandwiched between the bottoms of the scattered clouds and the tops of the hills, when I suddenly hit turbulence! My altitude and course had to be adjusted. I was definitely lower than some peaks. I hand flew the rest of the way, over Moosehead Lake and through the Condor One MOA, into New Hampshire for a landing (just short of the runway) at Berlin Municipal (KBML).

I know for sure the turbulence was not due to my joystick, but to passing over ridges. The logbook function only works if I first change the date, then access the logbook function before flight. I have also found www.skyvector.com to be a helpful source for seamless sectional maps.

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