I spent the night sleeping peacefully on the frozen hill I’d dubbed Joe’s Bluff, the weak light of the systems main star shadowed by the purple gas giant this small ice moon orbited around. It was so peaceful that I overslept well into the day and awoke feeling refreshed and guilty about 14:00 GMT.
After taking in the view while I ate rations and drank my morning tea I set about running maintenance on Jessica. I’m not so far into my trip that complacency should be creeping in and I need this girl to run smoothly for another 15,000 lys just for starters. Before I left I took the SRV out for a spin and grabbed as many materials as I could to refuel the FMU if needed.
When I lifted off to continue my journey it was late afternoon and I had resigned myself to not making any significant progress that day. But while the distance covered that day was nothing to write home about, it was memorable for a number of reasons.
First there was SWOIWNS KB-Z C15-5, a system populated by 4 main sequence stars and the most amount of ringed worlds I’d ever seen in one place, 10 in total. After buzzing the prettiest for the photo collection I continued on, and it wasn’t long before I came across another first for me, a water world in system SWOIWNS UV-A B3-0. I scanned it for the cartographics and took the obligatory picture but unfortunately I wasn’t the first to discover that little blue marble. Credit to that find goes to Tricky Malik. I’m sure I’ll get my own though in due time.
The third big first for me was a binary star system. My inexperience caused me to fly between them on a whim and Jessica immediately complained as the heat steadily rose. Thank God for heat sinks. Naturally I got out of there pretty quick, but not before snapping a quick parting shot for the collection.
I decided to call it for the day in an unassuming little system called PROOE DRYE JR-L D8-16 containing 2 suns and only 2 planets. Interesting though one of those was a gas giant containing water based life making it the last of my firsts for this short trip. I threw a DSS on it for the credits and headed off to the other planet in the system to park up. I settled the ridge of a massive crater at the north pole overlooking the crimson basin with the sun setting, large and imposing on the horizon. As with all my rest stops I lovingly named it Ryan's Rift. I cracked a cider, leant back and tinted the canopy so I could watch the sun go down. The heat quickly became oppressive though so I lifted off and turned the ship around, putting the front of the ship in shade.
I finished the day with 260 jumps still to go and 13,155 it’s still to travel. I’ll make more headway on my next travel day, if the alarm wakes me up.