Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
So, this is North Dakota. Another hour, another state, another road stretching out to the horizon devoid of humanity. Past the scene of Custer's last great Buffalo hunt, and, once again, there's the thrill of tracking the balloon visually as it drifts silently above. By Bismarck, the tension is so unbearable I want to carve swear words into the mahogany steering wheel.
And then... and then the American balloon is no longer moving on the tracking website. Has it landed? It could, of course, be a transponder glitch, but the last moments of the trace look very much like a landing... but there's no time to investigate further, because we've got our own worries.