Yesterday was an absolute hoot and Dave and I were convinced that after that today should pretty much be a carbon copy of yesterday, after all the Met was similar.
Well this morning I looked at the Met from Akrotiri and Wunderground and it did not look good, in fact it looked terrible. Well I had already told Anthony first thing not to get on the bus from school and that I would pick him up afterward and maybe take him to Curium. Oops! I thought but it was too late and so I readied the car and waited for the Younger kids to finish school 1230 and 1300 so we could all make a day of it, Just as Rachel had finished, Dave called from Episkopi and I told him that we were just about to leave just as soon as Rachel was out of her school clothes and into something a little more beechy. After telling him this, I could sense an air of trepidation in Daves breathing and his next words were "I don't want to be the harbinger of doom!" I switched off at this point and told him I was coming anyway and to blazes with the weather It could blow Easterly all it liked but that wasnot going to stop me! I wasn't about to drive 20 minutes just to pick Anthony up and then come home again! I have a bus that does that for me and he wasn't using it today because I told him not to! I felt a little pang of guilt and a touch of remorse as I hung up the phone, but I pushed this aside and told Lisa the bad news. I can't say she took it entirely well and she spent the first couple of miles thinking what a waste of time this was all going to be. So now we're headed to Dhekelia to pick up Anthony (who complained that I had left him standing for 30 seconds and this was ages) and I thought I'd lighten the mood by telling Lisa that the front tires both need replacing, especially the one on her side as it has a crack right across it (A sure sign it's about to delaminate). That wasn't the best thing to say as she then spent then next 5 miles telling me how I should get them changed tomorrow and that maybe I should swap the spare with the bad tyre. I ignored most of that and put her mind at rest by telling her I'd see George (The local mechanic) in the morning. She pondered this for most of the rest of the journey. About 5 minutes away from the hill (just as you leave the main Motorway and head into Erimi) is where I start to get a feel for the wind speed and direction as this stretch of road looks in pretty much the same direction as the hill and there are a few tall trees that give subtle hints about the conditions, this is where Lisa decides to start to talk again but I think she was trying not to think about the tyres and so started asking me stuff about the Bungalow back in the UK! and our savings and stuff! This was all stuff that we need to talk about but that was totally the wrong time for me and so I mmhmmmed and agreed for most of the the rest of that bit of journey whilst I tried to determine if it was all going to be worthwhile and joy of joys I pointed out a tree to Lisa and explained why I was so distantand in that instant the treetop was blown in a southerly direction! Yippee! I thought but then I thought there was a little Eastlerly in it and I started to come down off my high. Oh well I'm here now I might as well look at the top!
On arrival I meet Mark Jones who had just walked up from the bottom after a short flight and he looked at me, pointed at the streamer on the stop sign and said "Says it all really!". I'm sorry Mark but all I could feel was the sweet taste of success! I'd brought my family here against the odds and it had payed off Anthony was going to get a Top to Bottom! hoorahhh!! the endless nagging will stop now he will have actually flown with Uncle Dave and have something to tell his mates at school!
I launched moments after the Tandem and Mark said he was convinced for another go and so launched 5 minutes after me. You will be able to see my flight at the usual place soon until then have a look at the photos.