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Soaring over treetops on a cable is “pure adrenaline”. 

I recently experienced it for myself on a canopy tour, a three-hour thrill ride with six water flyovers, among them a 900-foot run capable of propelling participants through the air at 27 miles an hour. Built on a 100-acre island, the Zipline features a network of cables and skybridges suspended high above the forest floor. Each participant is outfitted with a helmet, full-body harness, gloves and tether lines with an attached trolley. 
The adventure begins with a practice run on a short cable about five feet off the ground. After receiving instruction on how to slow down, stop and pull ourselves along the cable, we commenced to climb the 105 steps to the top of a 70-foot tower. From there, we zipped 300 feet across the river and then back again before reaching the first of the challenges. The name refers to a series of ropes hanging from an overhead cable that participants can hold onto as they walk across a slack cable. Of course, you are securely tethered onto a second overhead cable, so there’s no chance of falling more than a few inches.
The next zip took us from treetop to ground, requiring a little more skill at slowing down. A short nature trail takes you to the skybridge. As expected, it shakes when you step across the evenly spaced two-by-fours, but cable handrails provide a sense of security. As with all the crossings, you are attached to an overhead cable for safety. Another ground-landing zip followed by a five-minute walk through the woods led to the mother of all runs — the 900-foot river crossing.  


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