...Bureaucracy Slows Him Down...

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Now, anyone in the surprisingly small club of those who've flown around the world will tell you that the flying is the easy part. It's getting permission to fly in countries that rarely see small private aircraft (let alone homebuilts) that can be the most time-consuming and stressful part of the journey. So far he's dealt with a put-out tribal chief in Senegal, had the Greek air force looking for him (they didn't find him), been surrounded by police and military in Cypress and waded through a quagmire of bureaucracy in India. Ironically, however, one of his most unpleasant experiences was just before leaving the good old U.S. of A., Shirley Randolph told AVweb. Randolph said some of the surliest people her husband has met en route were in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where folks at the airport "refused" to help him find a hotel for the night (it was spring break) and appeared otherwise to be generally rude. But she said the nastiness of that encounter has been more than made up by the kindness of strangers along the route, including a hotel owner in Brazil who lent Randolph an expensive headset after his failed. "You can give it back to me when you return, don't worry," Randolph quoted the hotel owner as saying.