The day before I left for EAA AirVenture, the big airport in Milwaukee was closed after 7.5 inches of rain flooded the runways. The forecast for my trip looked like there was a window of opportunity to get past morning storms around Chicago that were expected to dissipate during the afternoon. So earlier was better, and I was out at the airport by 7:30. Except for the usual summer buildups, the trip west went well, if you discount the 30-plus-knot average headwind. On passing the Gus Grissom VOR, I broke out of the scattered buildups into clear skies. After a call to Flight Watch, I turned north toward the shoreline route around Chicago and into my second fuel stop at Waukesha, Wisconsin around 1 pm Central time. Just about a half hour to go. With full tanks and stretched legs, it should be a pleasant jaunt to the AirVenture Arrival Procedure — Ripon, Fisk and the Promised Land — Wittman Field, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.