I shant bore you with the details of what went on between the hours of 0400 and 1900 hours, they were in a nutshell, boring. It essentially involved emails, paperwork and pure unfiltered boredom and the stark relaisation that nobody on this planet knows the first thing about logistics.
But then, as if by magic, we were at the last station of the trip: the SouthFijiBasin. This one was a significant one for me as these were the last ever deployments of HADEEP. After 6 and half years for traveling the Pacific Rim, it came to this. These was also the first deployments of this trip we have done at sunset which was very fitting given the sun also went down on HADEEP.
Deployment 38 and 39 went in without incident. Mackenzie pulled the quick release on the last ever HADEEP deployment (so it’s all her fault should it go pear-shaped tomorrow).
Heather is now officially the first person ever to be involved in the deployment of a HADEEP lander wearing a dress (albeit with lifejacket, hard hat and steel toed shoes – safety first).
After such a long steam it was great to get back into it again although we are now just a seasoned lander battalion that it was all over in a flash. Went something like this – “we’re here….plop, splash, plop splash”. Bored. I was kind of hoping that given the significance of this dive that fireworks would suddenly go off and that the red arrows would perform a fly-by writing ‘HADEEP’ in the sky, but no, not us, that’s too glitzy. Instead we sat down and listened to Ryan talk about biscuits. In New Zealand, custard creams are square which contradicts the laws of physics….
Anyway, it all gets wrapped up tomorrow or the day after and then we make the final push for Auckland at last.
Alan – 29th November