The Call Came at 3 am
The call came at 3 am and it was a zinger. The voice at the other end of the line said something along the lines of 'how would you like to jump off the Royal Gorge Bridge?'. Now that got my full and undivided attention, grogginess be gone. I was receiving a once in a life time offer. Bungee jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge is illegal, but every now and then the jump is legal, for only a few days. Go Fast, an energy drink company, will take out insurance on the bridge to run the Go Fast Games and create a festive swirl of adrenaline activities which include Base Jumping, slack lining, jet suit flights, bungee jumping, etc. I am not sure exactly how many Go Fast Games have been run but it appears to be 5-7 times and definately not every year.
I had been jumping and helping crew with Over the Edge Bungee (out of Stanley, Idaho) to help fill my adrenaline needs. We had discussed the 1,053 foot (321 meter) Royal Gorge Bridge as the ultimate destination while packing bungee cords, carabiners, etc.
Over the Edge Bungee had been asked to run the bungee jump at the 2008 Go Fast Games. I would help on crew, take photos and film, and of course, leap.........it would be an amazing experience I will never forget. It also appears to have been the latest, but, hopefully, not last, Go Fast Games.
I have a previous blog story on our Go Fast Games adventure so I will share the recent discovery of a slideshow I had tried to put together after the event. It was on a seriously inadequate lap top that had trouble with the project. It essentially had problems with just about everything.
About a month ago I was offered a much newer lap top. It works. Bells and whistles included. While scanning my photos I came across the unfinished slideshow, laying dormant in a corner of the Go Fast Games file.
An opportunity to relive a grand time and to finally share with others. Enjoy!
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