GPS - if you want to chase balloons with your vehicle
boots - if you want to chase balloons on foot
gloves - if you want to help any of the pilots handle their balloon
card tables - for the pot luck
need wood - no
money - for a balloon ride
Balloon Fiesta Balloon Rides
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Differences Between Gas Balloons and Hot Air Balloons
Most of your attention has been focused on the 700+ hot air balloons that are the major event.
However, the annual America's Challenge helium/hyrogen Gas Balloon Race is also scheduled for 6pm Sat. Oct. 6 weather permitting. They will launch sequentially from the balloon field accompanied by the national anthems of the country that the balloons are from.
Where as a hot air balloon may fly for one or two hours, a gas balloon may fly for 2 or 3 days and fly from ABQ to the east coast! At high altitudes they may reach speeds of 50+ miles an hour. Not bad for a big bag of gas and no motor!
Their live progress can be tracked on a map via your PC by visiting Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
This page currently shows last year's results but should be updated when this year's race starts. (Bring your laptop)
That figures out to about 18.4 miles per gallon, which ain't too bad if yer towing...I was looking at your packing list and didn't see a plastic tub...please(oh, please) tell me you haven't forgotten the keg kooler thingie, or, if you have, let me know so I can make alternate arrangements...like, maybe, drink the keg before it warms up...may be late to camping world, if so...
Don't let them launch the balloons without us
Michael & Tracy
1989 345 Motorhome CHARTER MEMBERS: FOUR CORNERS UNIT, AND PROUD OF IT!!! We live for the moment, 'cause when you get there, it's gone...
there really isn't a Gas Fiesta Rally after all. this is an elaborate hoax, to lull us to sleep.
you've got california going to ABQ NM, so ya'all can goto disneyland un fetered w/o all the fruits 'n nuts.
i knew it!
*rustling maps, tour books, guides about furiously
I think you are on to something, I have heard that those dang AZ boys are always jerking us CA boys around while the NM boys just keep laughing at the insanity.......it is all a bunch of hot air.....but we am still going.....cause its what we do.....go...just go.
__________________ Travel is in my blood, adventure is my passport, aluminum is my favorite construction medium, and therefore, an Airstream was my destiny.
I have PM'd everyone who sent me a cell phone number with the list. If I have made any typos, I am sorry. If you need to correct something, just post it here. You can do that without giving out all of your information. Just say something like, change the 1243 to 1234 and we can all make changes to out lists.
We are 2 weeks from the start of this event and I am very excited about it.
Richard Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
I just got a call from the Balloon folks and I had 5 spaces on standby - 1 I know is taken for sure - I'm going to notify those on my waiting list - they will have first choice - but if anyone wants to attend this fine event with us please PM and let me know the cost is still on only $260, will need to get money to the balloon folks right away and remember this is a boondocking event.
1956 Flying Cloud
Four Corners Unit
Albuquerque National Balloon Fiesta
Vintage Trailer Academy - Formerly the original
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