The Albuquerque team of Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo wins America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race and lands safely in Ontario, Canada. Incidentally, Ontario is about 1,350 miles from Albuquerque. And they flew it straight through in a hot air gas balloon in 57 hours and 30 minutes. In a hot air gas balloon. Wow.*
In other America's Challenge Hot Air Balloon Race news, pilot Troy Bradley and copilot Shane Robinson had to drop out of the race and land as a precautionary measure after their balloon was fired upon above Lubbock, TX. The alleged shooter was caught because the pilot had a balloon's-eye view of the fleeing gunman's futile attempts to hide. The shooter's excuse? He was hunting prairie dogs. Right.
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* All of our hearts continue to go out to the families of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis who were lost when their balloon was lost while they were competing in the Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race.