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After work flight - September 3rd 04 - View the entire paragliding news archive
I finish my day job at 4pm, go home and grab a bite to eat. At 5pm Andre calls to say he's meeting up with Chris to go for an evening flight and do I want to come along! Hmmmm ok then! Since I have nothing better to do! We leave about 5:40pm are at the field by a little after 6pm. The wind is light and conditions are nice and smooth if a little hazy.

We are all in the air by 6:30pm heading out low towards Lake Erie. Chris is not paying attention and his radio isn't working. After heading off on his own for a bit he loses sight of us and we continue without him. We later learn that he went to the falls. Andre and I continue buzzing along nice and low over open farm land and golf courses. Wherever we fly people wave and look up. I'm sure we wouldn't get the same reception in any other aircraft. We keep going until we are eventually at the lake sure. By this time Andre has made a bit of headway since his glider is a little faster than mine. The beach is a great spot to fly by. People are coming out onto their patios and everyone is waving. It is like being a superstar.

We fly along the beach a bit more until it is starting to get dark. The sky is getting really hazy, the visibility dropping rapidly I decide to head back down wind to the landing field. The outward journey took about 45 mins but the return trip is much faster. I climb to around 3000ft and get a bearing on where I am before setting the cruise control and sitting back to enjoy the view.

I am soon back on the ground packing up in the failing light, being eaten alive by swarms of mosquitoes. Soon to follow are Chris and Andre. Andre descends from 7000 ft telling us he had clocked 90km/hr on the GPS. He was in high level winds and was concerned that he might get blown into the States. He spiral dived to descend quickly into the lower level calm air mass. Chris told us he had lost sight of us early on and decided to fly in the opposite direction to Niagara Falls. We all packed up and went to Dora's for a quick beverage and a bite to eat. Same again tomorrow? I hope so!

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