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 **Peter Miller - Convenor. 9456-5326** **Peter Miller - Convenor. 9456-5326**
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 Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle viewed from Narrow Neck in the late afternoon - Tony Holgate's Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle viewed from Narrow Neck in the late afternoon - Tony Holgate's
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 and the close view of a large gum tree that we soared over just after taking off. By now the sun was well up in the sky and the air currents were making the balloon travel a little more quickly. We rose to height of 3000 feet and had a birds- eye view of the rich farming country spread below. We were fascinated by the intricate patterns in the ploughed fields that seemed to have been planned for our delight. The patterns ranging from the purely geometrical to fantastic Celtic Cross interweavings. The sheep and cattle were such as seen in toy-town models and the houses and other building seemed small and insubstantial. We could see for many kilometres in every direction as the balloon was rotated for our benefit while various natural and man-made features were pointed out. and the close view of a large gum tree that we soared over just after taking off. By now the sun was well up in the sky and the air currents were making the balloon travel a little more quickly. We rose to height of 3000 feet and had a birds- eye view of the rich farming country spread below. We were fascinated by the intricate patterns in the ploughed fields that seemed to have been planned for our delight. The patterns ranging from the purely geometrical to fantastic Celtic Cross interweavings. The sheep and cattle were such as seen in toy-town models and the houses and other building seemed small and insubstantial. We could see for many kilometres in every direction as the balloon was rotated for our benefit while various natural and man-made features were pointed out.
  
-Below us the Belubela Riverhurried to its junction with the Lachlan. Overhead the clear blue sky held not a hint of cloud or wind and I would have happily stayed up there all day (if it were not for having a very empty stomach as the early start precluded any thought of breakfast). In the distance we could see range upon range of hills and changing light patterns and then it was time to look for a suitable landing spot away from trees and power lines and hopefully close to a road which the chase vehicles could use. We crossed a main road and headed over a stretch of boggy ground startling a large kangaroo on the way. By this time we were less than 20 feet above the ground and we came down to gently touch the earth on a newly ploughed paddock. As the gate to the paddock was locked the pilot decided that we would 'walk' the balloon across the paddock and over the fence into the next paddock which could be reached by the chase vehicles. +Below us the Belubula River hurried to its junction with the Lachlan. Overhead the clear blue sky held not a hint of cloud or wind and I would have happily stayed up there all day (if it were not for having a very empty stomach as the early start precluded any thought of breakfast). In the distance we could see range upon range of hills and changing light patterns and then it was time to look for a suitable landing spot away from trees and power lines and hopefully close to a road which the chase vehicles could use. We crossed a main road and headed over a stretch of boggy ground startling a large kangaroo on the way. By this time we were less than 20 feet above the ground and we came down to gently touch the earth on a newly ploughed paddock. As the gate to the paddock was locked the pilot decided that we would 'walk' the balloon across the paddock and over the fence into the next paddock which could be reached by the chase vehicles. 
 To the encouraging cheers of the sluggards who remained in the basket three of us hopped over the side and grabbed the handles to tow the balloon. It was a struggle to get the load moving but once it started to shift it was quite easy. As we reached the barbed wire fence the pilot expertly gave a fmal burst on the burners and the basket lifted just the few extra centimetres necessary to clear the fence and then it slowly descended to the earth again for the last time to make a perfect, gentle landing. To the encouraging cheers of the sluggards who remained in the basket three of us hopped over the side and grabbed the handles to tow the balloon. It was a struggle to get the load moving but once it started to shift it was quite easy. As we reached the barbed wire fence the pilot expertly gave a fmal burst on the burners and the basket lifted just the few extra centimetres necessary to clear the fence and then it slowly descended to the earth again for the last time to make a perfect, gentle landing.
 Now the reverse of the early morning activity took place. The top of the envelope has a removable panel which is lowered by the pilot to release the hot air. As the envelope collapses one of the chase crew takes the head rope to lay the balloon out in a straight line so that it can be folded ready for placing in its large canvas carry bag. The Now the reverse of the early morning activity took place. The top of the envelope has a removable panel which is lowered by the pilot to release the hot air. As the envelope collapses one of the chase crew takes the head rope to lay the balloon out in a straight line so that it can be folded ready for placing in its large canvas carry bag. The
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