Viroqua (Y51) was my first stop on my way back from Oshkosh 2003. When I departed Oshkosh, the FAA briefer said it was good VFR. There was an overcase but I trusted him. I found out that when a briefer back east says “good VFR” what he means is that you currently have VFR minimums: 3 miles visibility. I took off and found that we had about 4 miles visibility tops. I followed another airplane for a while but he soon started to veer south. I wanted to go west so I kept on heading west. The ceiling began to drop and soon I found myelf in about a 500 foot band of clear between rolling hills and a dropping overcast. Then a tower shot past me at 180 mph. I decided to turn south to see if that other plane knew something I didn’t. He did. Within 15 minutes of turning south the overcast disappeared and I was under sunny blue skies.
By this time I had a pounding headache and decided to look for the closest airport. It ended up being Viroqua. I landed there, took some aspirin and then took a nap in the unattended FBO. You punch a code into the door lock to get in. Inside were a couple of couches and easy chairs. I took advantage of one of the easy chairs and was not disturbed by anyone for over an hour. It seemed like a very nice airport but I was on a schedule to get home and didn’t have time to explore it.