Second solo flight today. My instructor told me to fly around Lake Koshkonong and come back. This way I would leave the traffic pattern and have to come back. I did my walk around, start up check list, and asked Ground for to clearance to enter the pattern
. Ground gave me runway 22. I did my taxi and run up, and then asked Tower for departure clearance. Tower clear me and told me to fly right traffic
. I did three alright touch-and-goes, and then requested a departure from the traffic pattern to the north. Tower cleared me and I did a climb to 3,000 feet while flying over Janesville. From there I could see Lake Koshkonong and just flew right at it. I then got that feeling: I'm actually flying the plane! My last solo I didn't get this as I was too focused on procedure, but now I had time to relax a little and enjoy the flight.
Once at Koshkonong, I did a slow circle around the shoreline at 3,000 feet, enjoying the fall colors. After my lap was complete, I put Janesville in the GPS for the return flight. I did this not because I needed to know where Janesville was, but because I wanted an accurate measurement of how far away it was. I called Tower about 10 nm out and requested to get back in the pattern. I was given right traffic for runway 22 again, and I started some more touch-and-goes. I had planned on doing 3 more, but when flying downwind afte my 2nd touch-and-go Tower asked if I could bring it in tight as he had a King Air coming in. I told them I would give it my best, and did my 3rd touch-and-go. Since they had an other airplane coming in, I decided I would just make this a touch-and-go rather then slow things down with a stop. I went around one more time and made this landing a full stop.
Tower cleared me back to the Jet Center. I wasn't use to getting full clearance like this, and when I came up to runway 32 I stopped to see if maybe I had messed up my taxi instructions. Normally when crossing a runway you need clearance. I had been given that clearance but hadn't realized it because it wasn't explicit for the runway. So I called Ground and asked for clearance to cross. I was cleared and no harm done, but it was something I had to ask about latter.