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Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 305 ;

Well today's journey started in leathfield and we couldn't really have expected how good a day it would turn into, no rush about the morning and didn't leave the campsite until ten o clock, and only a short journey ahead of us to Hanmer Springs, where we were headed with the intention of visiting the hot springs/thermal/ spa area which is normally the primary reason for going there, other than possibly the ski area during the right season.
We'd had a leaflet for the adventure thrillseekers company based at Hanmer but hadn't thought much more of it, when we drove past it, a few kilometres just outside the town we decided we'd turn around and check it out!!!
The looking turned into the doing!! Within maybe an hour of being there we were getting dressed in spray jackets, life jackets and glasses and were soon sat in a jet boat!! Now this is a piece of machinery!! Aluminium construction powered by two twin V8 engines and wow.... what you wouldn't give to get the chance to take one for a spin for a few hours!!
So, he takes us through the safety briefing and as well as it is done, its not until you've done the ride that you realise just how pointless the words safety and Jetboating are in a sentence together,
Though its very safe apparently, 120hours training before your allowed to take a trip.
So, he turns the engine over and gives the boat a quick test spin around in a 360, and there's something indescribable about the way a noise of a engine can make you feel!!! And V8's must be near the top somewhere!!!
How to describe the Jetboating? Mmmm, skimming across the top of the waters surface at anywhere between 80-100+
km/h in a tin, darting in and out of rockfaces, missing them only be a couple of feet, then being thrown in 360degree spins, and wow, what a rush!!
You are definitely riding on the edge, a very thin line between the perfect execution and an error in judgement in an environment that's not forgiving and there is no room for error and there's one thing for sure, its fun!!! Jetboating on the river closed in by two highsided rockfaces - done.
Next up was rafting for Mick and Les, we changed our minds and pulled out of it, it was on the same stretch of river we'd just been on and we had done a bit already so figured no point, by about 4 o clock they were back and they seemed to of had fun and they were definitely wet and cold!!
The time had come for our bungy......!!!!!
This being the second one we have done, we thought after the first, back home in the UK, that once was enough, nevertheless, we couldn't resist!!!
We had known all day that we were doing it and for about 7hours all the excitement and nervousness had finally faded. Until you get out onto the bridge that is, then it all comes back in a second, your in your harness, your getting hooked up, a few waves, 3....2....1..... Bungee!!!!!! Though Claire couldn't wait for the count, the bloke is counting 3....2..... Oh, she's not hanging about, yep, Claire was gone, jumped off....!!!
It was great fun, do it again if we had the chance, got some cool tshirts too!!
Nothing could top that. into Hanmer we went , found a campsite and got fed, watered and clean....and off to bed.
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