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Day 7: Our Holiday - We have lift off

Posted 16-07-2009 at 04:40 AM by Rasher

Wednesday 15th July

With the wheelchair not working, that kind of put a lot of spanners in the works today, but we didn't let it put us off.

We dried the wheelchair off overnight in the car. This morning it was working some of the time, but still cutting out, so we decided not to do too much so that we could give it a chance to dry out properly.

Linda and the kids spent a couple of hours by the pool while I stayed in the apartment.

After lunch we set off back towards Cape Canaveral to hopefully see the shuttle launch. We headed back to the same vantage point we had on Monday. When we got there all looked good. We had a great spot to view the launch and the weather looked great. As the launch time got closer the tension mounted. We had the radio on listening to the coverage. When they said that the final checks were complete and it looked good to go things got really exciting.

The launch itself was spectacular. There was a load cheer and clapping from the crowds as the shuttle fired up and started to rise. The loud rumble was amazing and seeing the flames from the bottom of the shuttle was just awesome. We could follow it as it rose in to the sky, and see it disappear in to the atmosphere. The plume left from the shuttle stayed in the sky for several minutes after. It was a truly breath-taking, once in a life time experience and we all felt really proud to be there to see it.

The drive back to Orlando was spectacular for other reasons. we had a fantastic view of a truly awesome thunder storm over the Orlando area. The lightening was absolutely amazing. And of course we eventually hit the torrential rain.

After stopping off for dinner on the way, we got back tired, but having experienced a truly amazing sight.

We will try and upload photos as soon as possible, but the truth is, we have no idea how they came out, we was all a bit taken back by it all.
Will post when we have the images up though.
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