Thursday, July 31, 2008


We loaded the gliders in the rain and got on the road at 9pm and now in Mississippi at 1am!

With the gliders on the car, it is now a very expensive and precious vehicle!

Over the drive, Ollie (left in picture) entertained us with stories of rattlesnakes, dust devils, thorny landings, praire dog holes to fall into, towing off of concrete, and many other dangers we may face over the next week. I'm now thoroughly scared, but still excited for the BIG Texas air!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Klondike Bar Contest!

What would I do for a Klondike Bar?

Make a video you can watch and rate at:

Search for 'Lucas' or 'Hang Glide' and give it a good rating and a comment!!!!

Full Throttle

Still going FULL THROTTLE! Go there and rate my video!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Glory Ring of goodness

Flew three hours yesterday and saw my glory ring for the first time! I was enjoying playing around in the docile clouds. It was intense, for a split second I thought it was another glider popping out of the cloud because I only saw it out of the corner of my eye.

Practiced best glide and and trying to climb as effeciently as possible and leaving thermals at the right time to be faster. Flew to Cloudland Canyon SP, 'Stedman's Gap', and then to the drive-in movie theatre as a practice course to get ready for Big Springs. I averaged about 20-22mph for the time it took for me to cover that distance. So I think I did a pretty good job of flying fast between thermals and leaving them when I should.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

First Post

Hi, My name is Lucas Ridley and this is my first 'blog.' I wanted to set this up so I could provide updates for the Big Spring competition coming up in two weeks, but it could turn into more . . .

Check out some of my videos: