Onward to Stopover #3! (+28 Miles)
Today's lead pilot, Richard, launched with the Class of 2011 for the next leg of their journey south. It was another rocky start, and the longest flight attempted so far. Most of the birds scattered shortly after takeoff. Richard managed to land with two birds in Columbia County, Wisconsin, after #6 dropped out and was found, crated and driven. Crane #4 also flew the distance with Brooke's ultralight. Joe was left with five birds that took off but kept turning back to the pen at Stopover #2. Four were safely penned but one landed in elsewhere and trackers are after that one. Imagine the tales when all three pilots get together and share their adventures from this difficult day! In the meantime, wish them good luck, and hope the reluctant crane-kids soon get with the program.