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There’s nothing like being reminded of the dangers of unprotected sex with strangers while flying through the forest on cables.

 

Everyone in New Florence, Mo. knows about the Eco Zipline Tours, and now you will too. I accidently passed up the entrance, since the place is so new their sign has yet to be raised, and pulled into a random driveway to ask the people outside if they knew about the zip lines. They sure did. As my tour guide Nick says, “You can’t build something like this in a small town without everyone knowing about it.”

And build it he did. President Mike Seper and Nick built the eco friendly course more or less by hand. Nick wields a mighty construction management degree from SEMO, which erased any concern I had of falling to my untimely death. The cables are wrapped around wooden blocks wedged onto the trees instead of screws being drilled into the trees. If Seper ever does decide to close up shop or relocate, it’d be as though they were never there. This keeps the eco-conscious person and the little forest critters happy.

Our other tour guide was Hannah, Nick’s wife. She told our group that Nick proposed to her when he was 19. They are both 23 now, and she boasts, “I saved him from getting any STDs!” There’s nothing like being reminded of the dangers of unprotected sex with strangers while flying through the forest on cables.

Nick would zip across first and tell us when it was “clear,” and Hannah hooked our clips from our oh-so-stylish harnesses onto the cable. To keep the outfit snazzy, and I suppose for safety reasons, each person is provided with a blue helmet. On a few occasions my helmet would rub on the cable while I zipped from one side to the other (due to my amateur zip lining status). The helmet was clearly a necessity, even if it did muck up my hair a bit. The pair of gloves given to us had one normal glove and the other with a “breaker” in the palm. The hand you designate your “breaker” is the hand used to pull down the cable behind your body if Nick signals that you’re flying too fast. Hannah zipped across last each time after the group was safely across. Nick would give us a hand once we reached the other side and Hannah would occasionally try to take her husband out with a flying zip line tackle as she arrived at the end of the line. They were adorable. Some of the zip lines start on top of a wooden platform while others begin with a cliff to run and jump off. The latter way is how the fastest and most exhilarating one starts. This zip line is 1200’ in length, 200’ high, and reaches up to 50 mph.

The zip lines are immediately one after another so that not much hiking is involved. Our group consisted of eleven people and each person got the zip line to themselves when it was their turn. Each zip line occupied about ten minutes of the group’s time, so there’s more waiting as opposed to the grueling thing we call hiking.

Evidently, the day before I went, a five year old (badass!) and a man weighing in the high 200s took the tour. This place does not discriminate (the website, http://www.ecoziplinetours.com/, says people aged 3-103 can participate). We were instructed on one line to just prance along until the ground wasn’t beneath us anymore, or, until we were “moon-walking”; another had us run and jump as far as we could. Our guides told us that the large man from the day before actually hit his bum on the ground when he jumped off due to his weight. Naturally I laughed during the story, and then due to my terrible timing, my bum hit the ground. The wonderful feeling that came over me as I flew through the woods made me forget about my bottom bump seconds later. It’s hard to look down while you ride, not because the sight would be frightening, but because as you fly across the woods the feeling of the wind and the beauty rushing by holds your head high in awe.

 A 19-year-old girl in our group squeezed her eyes shut her entire first zip, which is not smart since Nick gives hand signals if you need to slow down or speed up. I decided the only possible way the zip line could be declared dangerous is if you zip like a chicken. At the last few zip lines, though, the girl was exclaiming that she wanted to come back to the tour as soon as possible.

Nick and Hannah, whom drive from Imperial, MO every day and give tours from open to close, said “We do get tired, but we never get sick of it.” If you want to have a full day of adventure, I suggest you do as I did, and drive ten miles past the Eco Zipline Tour where you will find yourself at the Hermann Wineries. There’s nothing like tasting wine to calm the nerves before pretending to be Tarzan for two hours.

Eco Zipline Tours is located five miles off Interstate 70 on Highway 19.

Address: 487 South Highway 19 New Florence MO, 63363

Tel: 314-456-1444

Cost: The tours run at $75 a head and group rates are available for ten or more people and are open year round.

 

There’s nothing like being reminded of the dangers of unprotected sex with strangers while flying through the forest on cables.

Everyone in New Florence, Mo. knows about the Eco Zipline Tours, and now you will too. I accidently passed up the entrance, since the place is so new their sign has yet to be raised, and pulled into a random driveway to ask the people outside if they knew about the zip lines. They sure did. As my tour guide Nick says, “You can’t build something like this in a small town without everyone knowing about it.”

And build it he did. President Mike Seper and Nick built the eco friendly course more or less by hand. Nick wields a mighty construction management degree from SEMO, which erased any concern I had of falling to my untimely death. The cables are wrapped around wooden blocks wedged onto the trees instead of screws being drilled into the trees. If Seper ever does decide to close up shop or relocate, it’d be as though they were never there. This keeps the eco-conscious person and the little forest critters happy.

 

Our other tour guide was Hannah, Nick’s wife. She told our group that Nick proposed to her when he was 19. They are both 23 now, and she boasts, “I saved him from getting any STDs!” There’s nothing like being reminded of the dangers of unprotected sex with strangers while flying through the forest on cables.

 

Nick would zip across first and tell us when it was “clear,” and Hannah hooked our clips from our oh-so-stylish harnesses onto the cable. To keep the outfit snazzy, and I suppose for safety reasons, each person is provided with a blue helmet. On a few occasions my helmet would rub on the cable while I zipped from one side to the other (due to my amateur zip lining status). The helmet was clearly a necessity, even if it did muck up my hair a bit. The pair of gloves given to us had one normal glove and the other with a “breaker” in the palm. The hand you designate your “breaker” is the hand used to pull down the cable behind your body if Nick signals that you’re flying too fast. Hannah zipped across last each time after the group was safely across. Nick would give us a hand once we reached the other side and Hannah would occasionally try to take her husband out with a flying zip line tackle as she arrived at the end of the line. They were adorable. Some of the zip lines start on top of a wooden platform while others begin with a cliff to run and jump off. The latter way is how the fastest and most exhilarating one starts. This zip line is 1200’ in length, 200’ high, and reaches up to 50 mph.

 

The zip lines are immediately one after another so that not much hiking is involved. Our group consisted of eleven people and each person got the zip line to themselves when it was their turn. Each zip line occupied about ten minutes of the group’s time, so there’s more waiting as opposed to the grueling thing we call hiking.

 

Evidently, the day before I went, a five year old (badass!) and a man weighing in the high 200s took the tour. This place does not discriminate (the website, http://www.ecoziplinetours.com/, says people aged 3-103 can participate). We were instructed on one line to just prance along until the ground wasn’t beneath us anymore, or, until we were “moon-walking”; another had us run and jump as far as we could. Our guides told us that the large man from the day before actually hit his bum on the ground when he jumped off due to his weight. Naturally I laughed during the story, and then due to my terrible timing, my bum hit the ground. The wonderful feeling that came over me as I flew through the woods made me forget about my bottom bump seconds later. It’s hard to look down while you ride, not because the sight would be frightening, but because as you fly across the woods the feeling of the wind and the beauty rushing by holds your head high in awe.

 

A 19-year-old girl in our group squeezed her eyes shut her entire first zip, which is not smart since Nick gives hand signals if you need to slow down or speed up. I decided the only possible way the zip line could be declared dangerous is if you zip like a chicken. At the last few zip lines, though, the girl was exclaiming that she wanted to come back to the tour as soon as possible.

 

Nick and Hannah, whom drive from Imperial, MO every day and give tours from open to close, said “We do get tired, but we never get sick of it.” If you want to have a full day of adventure, I suggest you do as I did, and drive ten miles past the Eco Zipline Tour where you will find yourself at the Hermann Wineries. There’s nothing like tasting wine to calm the nerves before pretending to be Tarzan for two hours.

 

 

 

Eco Zipline Tours is located five miles off Interstate 70 on Highway 19.

Address: 487 South Highway 19 New Florence MO, 63363

Tel: 314-456-1444

 

Cost: The tours run at $75 a head and group rates are available for ten or more people and are open year round.

 

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