Plan 'G' rolls along flawlessly... and new video.
Sat, 6 Oct 12 15:25
Well I just got news that the foil arrived safely in Cape Town and it is now flying down the road either in or on the roof of Gary's Hilux. Ben should also be either in or on the roof of Gary's Hilux. They have a 1000 mile road trip ahead of them to Walvis Bay.
I sent a text to Ben to remind him of Gary's roof-to signalling sequence. 1 tap for water, 2 for beer, 3 for biltong and 4 for more sunscreen. He didn't reply so I can only assume Gary was short of ratchet straps and Bens hands are busy. I hope the foil appreciates the air conditioning. That's the sort of commitment we have come to expect from Ben... and that's why we have thrown in the sightseeing tour for free!
So the foil should be here later tomorrow as planned. I think I owe a few people more than a few beers here.
Firstly, now that their part is done, kudos to Virgin Atlantic for taking all the drama out of this. We tried all the other airlines and it was just easier for them to say 'no' than try. The foil was 18mm too long for British Airways and the funny thing about South African Airways is that whilst they refused to accept the foil at Heathrow, they ended up taking it as they were running the second part of the flight from Jo'burg anyway! Typical case of getting past the first line of 'jobsworths' first. Virgin were receptive from the start and followed through.
So here's a little video we put together as a teaser to what is set to come. There's a few shots/angles you probably haven't seen so enjoy. Let's hope that once the new foil is delivered... it delivers.