We got up around 5.00 am, to make sure we could fly
the balloon before the winds picked up. On the way towards
the mine we got closer and closer to a band of cloud
... I was not hopeful the balloon would fly, but no
way would it fly in even the slightest cloud cover.
After some deliberations, we decided to drive away
from the cloud and try in the desert - appropriately
in the same place we'd tried the Mars Rover in the first
challenge. So we stood in the desert, and wafted the
balloon full with air. The series producer wandered
off back to the vehicles to get his camera, saying to
the crew, "Don't worry, guys - not much is going
to happen It’s not going to fly" - and the
beauty started to rise from the ground! Again, it was
another hopelessly exciting moment. We were all dashing
about like crazy things, hearts lifting as the mad,
black, eared balloon lifted. We even got worried it
was going too high!
Mike B worked like a trooper getting the carbon dioxide
filter working. It needed some delicate balancing to
make it a 'fair test'. We joined in, trying to help
where we could. All very excited at the end - it working
was the best end to the day we possibly could have had.