I'm currently in the Motor City on my second (and should be final) IOE trip.
The first trip was just under 10 hours. I need at least 15 to finish as I am a transitioning Captain. When I was a new Captain I needed 25 hours.
The first trip was fairly easy. I was thrown to the wolves right away with a 28 knot gusty direct crosswind landing. I am happy to report crosswinds in the 175 are much easier than the CRJ.
I was quite nervous when I went through my initial Captain flight in April. Now it's just natural.
The first IOE Captain said I was doing very well for how little time I had in the plane.
This new IOE Captain said he'd sign me off after just the second flight, but I only had 12 hours total. It's a great feeling to exceed expectations.
I won't say I'm an excellent pilot, I just prepare well and have a well thought out way of flying.
Tomorrow it's one flight to the HUB and then to Baltimore. I plan on taking a series of buses and trains to the National Mall in DC. It's a 20 hour overnight and I don't plan on spending it all at the airport hotel.