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Published: March 11th 2008
Now that was fun. 3 bungy jumps in 2 days. 3 very different jumps, each with their own appeal.
1st, Kawarau Brigde, the original site. 43m into the water. Asked not to get wet, came as a bit of a shock when got a bit too close to the water. Got dunked to waste. Scared the hell out of me.
Rest of my bus were there to watch so got good support. Nice to be able to look out and wave to the crowd before plummeting towards the water. I also had someone to take my photo when jumping, not possible with the others. (Have a DVD + Professional photo's and postcards off all jumps to show off when I get back)
2nd, Nevis High Wire. In the middle of nowhere, stunning scenery, 134m high, 8.5 seconds freefall. Plenty of time to debate whether or not your straps were tight enough. (did actually feel a little loose, but by then was too late to complain, not much point panicing) Next time your on top of a large mountain, look down, imagine falling off it, intentionally. Hell of a rush, but my god was I terrified. Really really high up.
3rd, Ledge Bungy. Only 40m of falling, but had it's own little demons that needed facing. For a start, it was a ledge sticking out, not very far from the cliffs, 400m above Queenstown. Harness round waste rather than ankles as with previous jumps, oddly less comforting. Ankles felt bare. Also, I was made to run and jump off the ledge. What sane person would run and jump into nothing with 400m to fall if it goes wrong? Again, great fun. Superb views when remembered how to breathe and checked I'm still alive.
Easy to forget what it feels like to fly, well fall. Bloody scary. But so much fun. The moment of jumping into thin air is not something most normal people get to feel. Freedom from gravity for that millisecond, then the realisation there's nothing below you and then the screaming tends to kick in. (Had time to scream, relax, then scream Meat Loaf (why not) doing Nevis) The relief of feeling the cord grip on, finally something is supporting you, but you're still falling, slow enough now to appreciate the ground isn't that far away. Couple of bounces and suddenly it's over. The stupid grin
takes over your face and the adrenalin starts coursing through your body. 10 minutes of shaking, lifetime of memories, irrational desire to immediately jump again. Fantastic.
Last action of the day was to play with little carts (Luge) down a funky little track near the ledge bungy. Great fun. Met few girls off my bus up there so had someone to race against, much more fun, even if they were a bit slow. Back to sightseeing tomorrow. Body needs time to recover. Most of body aching this evening. So worth it though.
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