Jonathan Trappe of North Carolina said he’s happy that he covered 466 miles, including a 316-mile water crossing, after lifting off from Caribou, Maine, on Sept. 12. He said the distance covered before he aborted his trip in Newfoundland was the greatest covered by someone using cluster balloons.

Trappe gave an account of his high-flying adventure on his website.

He had troubles from the beginning, with storms triggering a tornado warning just hours before volunteers began filling his helium balloons. He said the wet liftoff in heavy fog became a problem at higher altitudes, when water droplets froze. He ended up making a midair change into dry clothes.


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