|A very important day today - the day we climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge! We were a little worried by the rain whilst we were having breakfast at cafe Cosy. But it did stop before we set off for our climb. Once there we had to fill in forms signing our lives away and take a breath test. After that we were kitted out in our very attractive boiler suits and met our climb leader - Ronan - who was really funny. He kitted us out with belts and all the other bits and pieces that they attach to you - glasses cord, hat, fleece, gloves, waterproof jacket, and even a hanky.|
After a quick lesson in using the equipment and climbing ladders we were fitted with headsets and radios so that Ronan could talk to us all on the bridge. Then we were off. Ronan kept us entertained with his commentry and Mission Impossible humming as we started to climb (it's over 1,000 steps in total). Luckily the rain still held off so it was pretty good weather. Near the top we stopped for photos and a look at the view, then suddenly it began to rain. This was bad enough, then it started to hail - a lot - it actually hurt! And of course it was really windy. The waterproofs came out pretty quickly. It was worth it though - the view was spectacular. We walked across the top of the arch, had more photos, then began our descent. Somewhere on the way down the rain stopped. After we'd made it back to the Bridge Climb HQ we changed back into our own clothes again and bought photos in the shop. As we left we noted that it was now brilliant sunshine. Hmph.
The bridge climb took about 3 and a half hours - didn't seem that long. At about 3pm we had lunch outside the Opera House looking at the bridge, envying the climbers now going up in the lovely weather. Then we took a few photos of the opera house itself.
Next we met up with an old work friend - Chella. She hasn't changed at all, and took us to the Lindt cafe - the hot chocolate is fantastic. You get a small jug of thick dark chocolate and a bigger jug of milk then you mix it up yourself. Gorgeous. We were virtually kicked out at closing time as we'd been chatting so long.
Had dinner at Darling Harbour which was nice but a bit loud and clubby. Decided that we prefer the Rocks.