WE DID IT!!!
this was so much fun - especially given the fact that the weather the day BEFORE was rubbish, as was the day AFTER!
the sun sure did shine for us and it was such a treat
because tara is afraid of heights (yep!) - we got to right at the front behind our leader, so we got to quiz him all about OPRAH's bridge climb. he was in charge of the oprah crew photographer for the day, so we heard all about why the helicopter had to dash off to re-fuel at the critical moment!
it was pretty amazing having cars speed by right under our feet and trains rumble right OVER our heads
it was pretty amazing being at EYE LEVEL when helicopters flew by
TARA was amazing
she had a 'moment' where she had to scale the FOUR VERTICAL LADDERS
on her own (only one person on a ladder at a time)
but after that she totally forgot about being afraid and just took it all in
and there was so much to take in
AND lots of fun facts
did you know:
the two flags atop the bridge are 5 metres x 10 metres and only last 3-4 months before being replaced at a cost of $2000?
in spring the flags last even less time because of spring winds
the flags are the New South Wales state flag and the Australian flag
opened in 1932, it's the world's widest long span bridge
the world's 5th longest spanning- arch bridge; and
the world's tallest steel arch bridge
it has a permanent crew of 100 working on it full-time
when the bridge was first opened, only FIVE cars existed on the 'north shore'
the bridge builders were forward thinkers, but you can imagine how everyone thought the bridge to be a total monstrosity and completely unnecessary at the time
people have been paying to climb the bridge since 1998
in MARCH 2010 bridge climbers totalled TWO AND A HALF MILLION