Into our red boiler suits we got, GoPros fixed in assorted places, and got a ride in a 4×4 up to the top. It’s based in an old quarry and was a really great view heading up to the zip wire. It certainly was a nice change of scene from London.
From there we each had quite a lot of help getting to the ‘beds’ where we would be securely harnessed up, and then ‘launched’ from. They had four beds so we could all go at the same time which was fun. Despite no ability to intentionally alter the speed whatsoever, we were still feeling competitive, especially Pete and I who usually wind each other up about waterskiing!
Once we were all lying on our fronts, faces looking way down, the beds were lowered so we were suspended in the air. We got a countdown from the team and were released! Suley was up ahead, me behind and Pete flailing somewhere towards the back…! I was moving quickly and then slowed up a little bit when going over the lake, it was nice to be able to see such beautiful views…but then sped right up again and felt a little nauseous as I came to the end. It happened incredibly quickly – not only because of the adrenaline. The total time was under 60 seconds which shows how fast we were going! I compared it to doing a skydive a few years ago because it was a similar sensation of not having any control over the speed and not being in contact with the ground.
Given how much I love skiing, waterskiing and more recently, snowmobiling, I’m definitely keen to try more activities like that – we’ve got plans to go go-karting next month and I’m keen to get on a motorbike too. But it was nice to do something a little different and particularly in such beautiful surroundings.
The Zip World team were absolutely brilliant when faced with our motley crew. They used appropriate terminology etc. which was really refreshing to be honest. A little too often do people use terms like ‘wheelchair-bound’ which gets on my, and many others’, nerves.
It was a fairly long drive back but Pete and I had some great chats and debates, fuelled by Krispy Kremes and coffee. You’ve got to let yourself off on a seven-hour drive right?!
So it was a long way to go for a pretty quick ride, but actually as it turns out, the whole weekend made it totally worth it. Some great conversations were had, new friends made, and some new adventures planned. Bring on the go karting!
Thanks to all the guys at Zip World for a great trip!