I imagine my smile in response to that was pretty wide! I said, "Allentown, 31 Sierra, that sounds great, something that starts with direct Pottstown (PTW) would be nice." And that brought, "31 Sierra, cleared direct Pottstown and I'll be back to you in a few minutes with the rest of your re-route."
Having avoided the weather approaching from the west, it was time to look ahead at what was going on in the area of KVKX, our destination. Which brings us to Act Three.
But again, I drew an outstanding controller. Just before reaching Martin State Airport (KMTN) he said, "Skylane 31 Sierra, there is some severe weather near Andrews at this time so fly a 180 heading and we'll take you south to around Nottingham (OTT) and figure out how we're going to get you in."
On the way down toward the OTT VOR he asked me, "31 Sierra how are you on fuel? Can you accept a delay of 45 minutes or an hour?" A glance at the Shadin fuel totalizer said I had about 40 gallons to spare - again, the best safety feature on N631S is 75 gallons of AvGas in the long-range tanks. I replied, "631 Sierra can accept an hour delay with no difficulty."
As you can see from the track, the controller had me carry on to the south for a while, then turn west when I was clear of the cell. All along, I was watching occasional strikes of cloud-to-ground lighting four or five miles beyond my right wingtip.
From about fifteen miles due south of the field, the controller suggested a turn for home. I had some turbulence on the descent to the airport (moderate; actually, the worst of the whole trip) but the visual approach and landing on a wet Runway 24 was routine.
Here, with a hat tip to the folks at FlightAware.com, is the track for all three acts stitched together: