3-2-1 BUNGY!!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
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Trip End May 06, 2007


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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Arrived at Queenstown today- adventure capital of the world! Stopped at Kawarau Gorge and had a 'secrets of bungy' tour learning all about the history and make up of a bungy jump. We then watched a few crazy people doing it off the bridge here. You'd never catch me doing that... However on the bus into Queenstown centre they passed the clipboard round for people to sign up for any activities. No I'm alright thanks, dont want to do a bungy jump. But there was a choice of 3 different ones in Queenstown and everyone was arguing about which one they might do. I decided to chip in with the wisdom of- 'Well if I was gonna do one, I'd go for the biggest. May as well' and with that airhead comment I was then signed up to the Nevis Highwire. Yup the big bad boy. Shit.

I could hardly sleep as amongst all the crazy adventurous things I wanted to do, I had promised my mum I would not do a bungy jump. No way. I didnt even want to do one. But could I really back out now? I won't be a chicken. So stubborn me got dragged to the centre and weighed, before being transported up a dirt track in the mountains to the Nevis site. Crap crap crap. My stomach was flipping overtime and I was possibly shaking. Its not just a simple bungy off a stable bridge either. Its a bloody platform suspended on wires across a deep valley. So you first have to go out in a little shuttle along the wires to get on the pod thats suspended in the middle. The whole thing is swaying in the wind slightly. Petrified doesnt come close. To make it worse the floor of the pod is glass so you can see the massive drop that awaits you! Worse still I have to wait for everyone else before me, nerves building up more and more as they start with the biggest rope for the heavier guys and then work their way down the ropes. Completely surreal agony just waiting.

Then finally my go. Ummm can I back out now?! Feet strapped in and harnessed up they pull me to my feet (I'm suprised I'm still able to stand) and you kind of waddle awkwardly to the edge. Oh f***. A 134 metre drop awaits me. I made the mistake of peeking down and I think that is probably THE most terrifying moment in my life. I faintly remember not being able to let go of the mans arm! With my toes hanging slightly over the edge they start the countdown. 5..4..3..2..1..Bungy!! Yay, except I hadnt moved. I was frozen to the spot! After a brief pep talk from the staff and lots of cheering from the smug guys who had already been, I took some deep breaths, screamed and slapped myself a bit yelling 'Come on!' I was ready (maybe, I think?!)

So another countdown. 5..4..3..2..1..BUNGY!!! I took a massive leap headfirst into nothing. The loud music and cheering in the pod died off and there was just perfect silence and peace. The rush of free-falling was INCREDIBLE!!! What a rush! Then I felt the cord gradually pull on my ankles and I was headfirst beginning to slow... and then Argh all the blood in my head as I spring back up being pulled feet first into a bounce. On the second bounce we had been instructed to reach up to our feet and pull the red cord. This would then release your feet so you are swung upright into the harness and pulled back up to the pod in a comfortable sitting position.

However when I tugged the cord, nothing happened. Hmmm. So I tried again and again tugging on the cord but it seemed to be stuck. Sooooo I was pulled up feet first, flapping about like a fish on the end of a line. I was then ceremoniously dumped on the floor of the pod, extremely elated at being alive and having conquered the big bungy! 

While in Queenstown we also did some luging with some of the guys from the bus. So got a gondola upto the top of the mountain with fantastic views overlooking Queenstown and the huge lake and mountains, and you're then basically in a little cart and zip down the tarmac track. So we did this a few times having races and you get some pretty good speed. We then went again the next day with Chris, Pringle and Chubb who we had met up with again here, but the racing got pretty crazy and competitive. It resulted in Chris being stretchered to hospital. He took a bend too fast and skidded off the track, catapulted into a fence. We all thought it was quite funny until he didnt move. Anyway he basically broke 2 ribs and had a fractured vertebrate. Ouch. After a few days in hospital he was released and continued his travels, just on a lot of painkillers and not able to move very much.

We also visited 'Fergburger' which is quite famous here. Its basically a burger bar but does a massive range with different breads, fillings etc and they are all HUGE!
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