The weather for yesterday's flight to the top of the southern chart could be described as bloody windy. On the way up I climbed to FL60 to take advantage of the tailwind and the smoother air. At one point I had a groundspeed of over 160kt, not bad for a 1977 C182 at low power. The flight, brakes-off to brakes-on, took exactly an hour, and that included a fair bit of faffing for Fairford.
There was no way I was climbing high for the return, so I stayed low to minimise the headwind and put up with the turbulence. By comparison, brakes-off to brakes-on took 1hr 40min.