I departed my home base of Albuquerque, NM, on April 23. High pressure was the dominating weather feature, with minimal winds at my cruising altitude of 12,500 feet. With an interim fuel stop in Big Piney, WY, I made it to Great Falls, MT, in a record time for me of 5 ½ hours. Weather en route was wonderful, with one of the smoothest cross country flights I have ever encountered for this route. The view of the Grand Tetons was spectacular as I flew by. I did, however, have to deviate around several afternoon thunderstorms between Jackson Hole, WY, and Great Falls, MT. With a maximum duty time of 8 hours of flight time/day, I was remarking how I could easily make it to Calgary, Alberta. However, that thought and silent statement of mine was my downfall. A “gremlin” got a-hold of my plane upon landing in Great Falls. I was delayed there for 5 days as I had some parts express-shipped in for unscheduled maintenance. I extend a VERY big thanks to the folks at Holman Aviation, especially Chuck Cottrell, who fixed the plane and got me quickly back up in the air. I finally departed on Saturday, April 28, and arrived in Calgary. I met my Observer, Jay Hitchcock, who flew in commercially from Arkansas. Jay is an ardent waterfowl man, who also is the Wildlife Biologist at the White River National Wildlife Refuge.