Back to Queenstown and Bungy Jumping!!
Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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I've been saying for the last 32 years that I will never, ever, ever do a bungy jump but they say that if you spend enough time in Queenstown that you will eventually find yourself dangling off a bridge attached by your feet to a giant elastic band. We had driven over to the world's first commercial A.J. Hackett bungy jump site at Kawerau Suspension Bridge in Queenstown to have a look earlier in the week and at that time I was wavering, but on the way back from Milford Sound we had to practically drive past it and the gravitational pull of that bridge was just too hard to resist!
Sarah still wasn't sure whether she was up for it but I decided to get the whole thing over with and checked in, paid, emptied my pockets and then got weighed in. I was pretty nervous, a situation which wasn't really improved when I had to sign a waiver form which basically said that if anything happened, A.J. Hackett would take absolutely no responsibility and I wouldn't be allowed to sue them.
Thankfully, this was the first extreme sport that we had attempted in which there was no requirement to wear a ridiculous outfit, so as I inched over to the edge of the jump platform, I was comfortable in my earlier choice of grey marl underwear and thick jeans that any physical evidence of my nerves would not show, or be smelt.
The overwhelming feeling was one of freedom as I opened my arms and dived off the platform, high on adrenaline as I was soaring down through the air towards the river below. I could hear the watching crowd's cheers then the bungee started to stretch and I was bounced back up towards the platform again. It was much smoother than I had expected not jerky at all, and a great feeling as I bounced around on the end of the cord like a rag doll. Once I had nearly stopped bouncing, they lowered me down onto a rubber dinghy and I was rowed back to the river bank.
Sarah was waiting and seemed really pleased to see me, far more emotional than I was! Having watched me and seen the expression on my face, she booked herself in for half an hour later.