Other bits of the quarry are sill working, but it is so huge that you just see lights in the distance climbing the mountain.
It is just over 1.5k in length. The max speed allowed is 119 mph, but since they have to be sure that everyone does get to the other end, the usual speed attained is just a few mph below that.
We had a following wind, so we had small flags on the harness to slow us down. The ride itself is very smooth. You are going so fast that you do not (thank goodness) get a huge chance to appreciate your surroundings.
The most difficult bit is standing at the top where the imagination vertigo and anticipation goes a bit wild.
when you start you have to climb into a press up position with hands either side of a hole in the platform, with your head hanging out over a hundred metres of cliff face. I only worked out later that you were already hooked up by then. You are face down in a harness with your hand extended behind you holding onto the harness by your thighs.
As you hang there, there is a great jump on the wire as the weight of your predecessor is removed in the distance.
You go, and the first part is a steep descent gathering speed quickly. As you begin to curve forward, you pass over a coll and out over the lake. At this point you really are a flying high and fast.
As you come in, you are told at what point you need to stick your arms out as a windbrake.
Before you get on the velocity one, you have a go on one where the max speed is about 35 mph. It helps to have gone through the routine first. The drive to the top of the quarry takes about twenty minutes.
The whole thing takes about an hour and a half, of which time only about three minutes are flying. It is well run, and I suspect that the site undersells itself a little.