Half an hour into the ride our pilot pullled a bottle of champagne out and we all enjoyed a refreshing 8am celebration! Then, with glasses just emptied, it was time for landing and we started out descent into one of the fields below. The pilot told us to take our ‘landing positions’ (a slight squat into the balloon basket), though we couldn’t have guessed how important it was. The wind had started to grow during the ride and we were approaching the ground at quite a pace. We hit the floor with a firm thud, at which point i was ready to jump out and head home. But then we were dragged for about 8 more bumps as the wind caught the balloon and dragged us along the floor! We were safely tucked away in the basket, but it certainly got the adrenaline pumping and woke us all up!