I left Cincinnati for Oshkosh at 5:45 PM EDT Tuesday afternoon which, with the slight forecast headwind, would put me in Oshkosh about 7:10 PM CDT. Here is a picture shortly after reaching my cruising altitude of 8,500 feet heading northwest out of Ohio. The weather was no factor for the entire flight, exactly as forecast.
About 70 miles south of Ripon I tuned to Oshkosh arrival ATIS and discovered that arrivals had been temporarily halted so I throttled way back—there was no need to continue barreling in only to hold. Arrivals resumed a short time later. About 40 miles south of Ripon I made the this recording of Oshkosh Tower: Oshkosh Tower Audio ( 82 seconds, MP3 file, file size 160 KB).
I continued my slow approach to Ripon with the engine throttled way back because I knew the Rush Lake holding pattern would take a while to clear out. Traffic wasn't too bad when I reached Ripon and I fell into line behind a twin. The Fisk controllers sent me to right downwind for 27.
For those who have never flown to Oshkosh for the show I must say it is quite an experience. There are typically planes all over the place converging on Ripon to join the single file procession up the railroad tracks to Fisk. At Fisk you'll be visually identified by the Fisk controllers and given your runway assignment. You are supposed to rock your wings to acknowledge. When you land you'll be guided to your parking spot by a succession of EAA volunteers. After you are parked and turn off your engine the EAA volunteer will offer the customary greeting, "Welcome to Oshkosh". The first time I flew in and heard those words I remember thinking, "My God, I've done it!" It seemed almost like a rite of passage.