Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Transit is GO
So, we arrived at noon as our reservations stated, and there was no little station wagon. The folks at Enterprise were very apologetic; the previous renter had not returned it yet. Would we like a larger van? Er... yeah, fine. We walked outside. Holy crap! This thing was a monster truck. Well, ok it was just a Ford Transit van but it was a really enormous Ford Transit van. You could fit the planet Mercury in the back and still have room for a Space Shuttle or two.
This was my first experience at driving since arriving in Ireland. Allll rightie then:
Transfer is complete on an internal power with the launch vehicle.
Second stage tanks now pressurised. We are still go with Transit.
Guidance is internal, ignition sequence starts, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zero
All engines running, LIFTOFF. We have a liftoff.
Liftoff on Transit Van.
Dublin, this is Transit. Tower cleared.
Oh, I should mention that when we got the van there was an enormous scrape on the left side. The previous renter had grossly misjudged the size of the vehicle and whomped a telephone pole pretty good. The agent at Enterprise told me (with a pleading look in his eyes) "Just take your turns pretty wide, alright?"