Sunday Drive and Sky Dive

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Sunday, June 12, 2011

The day began at 6.30am as despite the fact that it was only a 2hr drive and the skydive wasn't scheduled until 10.30, we now know Michael likes to get places extremely early. Never mind, it was a relaxing drive and I managed to sleep for most of it. Arriving in Taupo, the sun was shining and the sky was clear. Mikey started to get more and more nervous as he realised that he was really going to have to do it! The nerves reached fever pitch when we got to the centre and they confirmed that yes – it really was going to happen. They were extremely keen for us to purchase extras to go with the free skydive – photos, videos, an additional 3000m height to the drop, but we managed to hold them off.

Annoyingly, just as they got Mikey all dressed up in his jumpsuit, lifejacket(!?) and harness and introduced him to his jump buddy, the sky clouded over and we had a tense 1/2hr wait. Mikey’s jumping partner was a German called 'Albert’ who had done over 13,000 jumps and was also an instructor. I felt this was enough experience to trust him with my husband’s life. We were less keen on one of the other instructors called Mikey H, who is the only person in the world to have survived a double parachute failure. We had actually watched this jump on the internet and basically amazingly after saying goodbye, and ‘I’m Dead’ he lands in a gorse bush and only punctures a lung!

Anyway, eventually the sky cleared again and I hugged Mikey goodbye as they headed to the plane. It was then a tense 20 minute wait for the landing. Looking up, the plane looked tiny. When he came into view and I could see the parachute had worked, I felt much better and he actually landed very smoothly. Apart from being very jittery and bemused, he seemed ok!

After the early morning tension, the rest of the day was extremely relaxed. We decided to head straight back to Mt Manganui and enjoy the beach there. It is a very chilled out campsite and good fun watching the surfers, despite the apparent lack of surf.  There are some real campsite cling-ons here however.  These are people who hang around the camp kitchen and talk.  They just talk and they generally talk rubbish.  It has been hard here to avoid them but locking ourselves away in the car for another cinema session (this time complete with popcorn) seemed to keep them well at arms length.  So much for traveling the world and interacting with locals! 

Miles Cycled:  0 – Hired a car!
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Jojo on

I think you are both very brave and more than half mad! At least you can tick that box and you will never have to do that again (Ihope). Good for you resisting the hard sell - the memory will be enough I'm sure.
LOL Jojo

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