Life comes at you quickly – especially when you’re in cruise on a long cross-country. One minute it’s clear and a million, the next you’re VFR on top. Pretty soon you’re asking for 30 degrees left to get around those buildups. Before you know it, you’re requesting higher and wondering how you got here. “What could I have done differently?” you ask yourself as you pass 12,000 feet and start your 30-minute timer.