Last weekend I had the chance to check another item off the Now List – I went up in a glider!
The flight lasted all of ten minutes – and believe me when I tell you, that was more than enough. Having handed me a parachute (!!) my ‘first‘ glider flight lasted about 30 seconds – the tow rope broke and we had to make an emergency landing! Five minutes later however we were back in the air, and if, like me, you imagine gliders being towed sedately into the air behind an old fashioned bi-plane, nothing could be further from the truth. They launch them using a fast moving winch (a little like a huge elastic band) and the glider rockets into the stratosphere at a million miles an hour and at 45 degree angle.
Having said that when you’re up there it’s exhilarating and truly wonderful. That smile on my face is 100% genuine. And more to the point I keep smiling each time I think about it. Want to see more?