I never planned on going there on my road-trip, as I had no idea where this town was, apart from in the state of NSW somewhere.
|The Manilla sign I took as a sign to visit Manilla, NSW. ;-)|
I thought, so that is where the Manilla Darren Hanlon sings about is?
|Is that a mountaintop behind Manilla?|
It was going to be an eighty kilometre round trip out of my way to get there, but I knew this was my chance to see it, so I set off on the Sunday morning not knowing what to expect.
Lightning Strikes That Change Lives
Read that post in the red post link above to get the paragraph below.
"In recent years, Manilla has become famous throughout the world as a major sports flying centre supporting hang gliding, paragliding, ultralight aircraft, gyrocopters and gliders (sailplanes).
It boasts nearby Mt Borah, one of the worlds best paraglider and hang glider launch sites.
In 1998 local paragliding instructor and developer of Mt Borah, Godfrey Wenness, gained the world distance record with a flight of 335 km.
Major free-flight competitions are staged annually during the summer months.
The 10th FAI Paragliding World Championships were held at the site in 2007, attended by 150 pilots from 41 nations.
In the week prior to the event Manilla was in the headlines around the world for the survival of paraglider pilot Ewa Wiśnierska of Germany who was sucked up into a thunderstorm to 9946 m
The dramatic story was made into a TV documentary Miracle in the Storm which won an AFI award and was nominated for a Logie Award.
On 14 February 2007, in spite of weather reports heralding the presence of violent thunderstorms, Wiśnierska decided to try and fly in order to train for the 2007 paragliding world championship near Manilla, New South Wales, Australia.
She got trapped in the updraft of two joining thunderstorms.
Unable to get out, she was lifted to an altitude of 9,946 metres (32,631 ft), according to her GPS.
The GPS variometer also tracked vertical speeds of up to +20 m/s
(77 kilometres per hour (48 mph)).
She landed 3.5 hours later about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of her starting position.
In the same weather event, the Chinese paraglider He Zhongpin was killed by a lightning strike."
|The main street of Manilla, NSW.|
|Canberra Cafe?! In Manilla?! WTF?!|
|That's the hook that greets you, but I'm heading out in this shot.|
You're also greeted by radio station 2NU's transmitter on your right when you come into town.
|Buildings in the main street of Manilla.|
|The Manillia Masonic Centre.|
I could see a Halfasheep video being made about this park.
Just check out this park in the main street.
|Hmm...the Generating Force?-)Lingam-yoni?|
|There was even goldfish in the rock-pool. Gee!|
|A sundial in the park, as well.|
It's a nice little park, occult symbolism, or not.
But I'd still like to see a Halfasheep video about this park. ;-)
It's an historic little town, as well, and is like a living museum in many ways.
|I love the old street lamp in the main street.|
|Although, I'm not keen on the high gutters.|
The pubs looked interesting, but unfortunately they wouldn't be open until later, so I just had to look at them from the outside.
A pub with a tattoo parlour? Must be the rough end of the town. ;-)
(UPDATE: May the 4th [be with you:-] The lotto ticket was a dud, if you were wondering)
|The magazines I bought in Manilla on the day.|
"Yes, I did tattoo a small cross near the corner of Justin's eye," Valena told E! News. "It was a representation of his faith in Jesus and his journey with finding purpose in God."
After buying the magazines and putting on my lotto I had to settle for an iced coffee instead of an ice cold beer.
|I liked the big fish at the coffee shop and the coffee.|
My Sunday: Between Two Worlds and Trying to Catch the Big Fish
|Where did I leave my saucer?-)|
Manila sure is an interesting town that is worth a visit.
No wonder the para-gliders like dropping in on it. ;-)