Tuesday April 14th
Well, the drive to the airport, the flight on Aeroflot was a piece of cake only one problem, as we are taking off old eagle eye Rick spots his bag on the on a baggage handler's cart. Opps! We arrived in Moscow right on schedule, filed a claim for the missing bag. We were grateful that we had brought our survival jackets as carry on luggage! The temperature is Zero degrees Celsius with a foot of snow on the ground. This is unusual for Moscow this time of the year. I wonder if this is any indication of how the North Pole weather will be. "Joe's still on unsteady ground after the long flight from New York"
Arrived at the Russia Hotel, a hotel that can accommodate a mere 6,000 people. It's right across from Red Square. Every view from each window of the hotel surpasses the next. "We arrived to find this view from our hotel window. This is the famous Kremlin in Red Square." After our arrival the rest of the day was spent in search of the missingbag. In our travels we met the Austrian organizer, Ivan, his photographer Fritz, and the Russian organizer Sergei. We even went to a Russian cosmonaut village. Success, the bag was found. "Austrian Balloonist Fritz in front of the Kremlin Bell. And you thought the Liberty Bell had problems." Tomorrow it is the search for the missing balloon. We will try to leave for Khatanga by evening, Moscow time. We're here! On to the pole! " Does our sponsor Buckley's Chimney Service want to clean these Chimneys?"