Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
It's our first taste of the plains, and my eyelids peel back at the length of the road stretching ahead and the majesty of the scenery. The word ‘big' seems very small. And there's very little out here: most of the housing is little more than sheds or
trailers, while the land around these remote settlements is covered in decomposing Chevys and Fords, left to wither naturally.
Turning right at Alamosa, we cross the Rio Grande, the sun dazzling on the water as the giant diesel locos rumble in their sidings and head for the gap that the balloon has been searching for, climbing the pass in the mountains after Fort Garland.