Hole in One with Unexpected Consequence
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We were picked up and driven to the river to link up with the jet boat. The driver of the minibus transformed himself from a very dull chap to a comic genius as he swopped the bus for a seriously powerful jet boat. It was a first class crazy New Zealand adventure experience. The boat spun 360 degrees and narrowly missed rock faces as we blasted down the river. We motored up very close to Huka Falls where the water flowed fast enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool to the brim every 5 seconds (well that's what the driver told me)
Completely shaken by our boat trip we made our way into town where we settled ourselves with a MaccyDs (yep, the day is looking pretty perfect already I hear you say). Adding to the complete entertainment package we then caught the matinee showing of 'The Hangover Part II’, a blinder of a film (maybe not for you Mum and Dad).
Very pleased with making the most of our day off we strolled down to check out Lake Taupo in the afternoon sun. There had been snowfall on the hills overnight and the lake looked splendid, paddle boats and water planes included. On the walk down Polly talked me into my first haircut since a week before our wedding. Weighing up the ridiculously curly mullet in a shop window and recalling comments on the blog about Jonas Guiterrez, I agreed that it was time for a trim. The blonde bombshell took only 4 minutes to remove the worst and decide that I now looked more boy band than unkempt tramp. I was not convinced but it will keep the Mrs quiet for a while!
On arriving at the lake, the floating golf green which I had given a go yesterday, was calling out "come and give me more money to try and win a prize by doing something which most golfers never do in their lifetime"
The first few were in range, I hit the platform several times but not the flag. AND THEN IT HAPPENED. YES, YES, YES, IT REALLY DID HAPPEN. I got a HOLE IN ONE. Locals stood and watched, explaining that I would be in the local paper. The photographs were taken and then the big moment, pick an envelope to select the prize.
It was with mixed emotions when POLLY picked out envelope number 4. I opened it tentatively to reveal “Taupo Skydiving Gift Voucher”. My hole in one has won me a 9:20am flight 12,000ft above Lake Taupo to jump out of a plane.
Well at least if I do it the ground travelling at 200 km/h it won’t have cost me the $300 most people pay!
Miles Cycled: About 4, down to MaccyDs and the cinema