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January 29, 2013 I was fortunate to receive an invitation to be at the penthouse where Nik Wallenda would end his high wire walk. Unsteady cables and stronger-than-expected winds added drama, but Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above a Florida highway looked like a walk in the park today.
The 600-foot stroll was on a cable strung 180 feet above U.S. Highway 41 along the Sarasota, Florida, bay front. The 34-year-old, who hails from multiple generations of high-flying daredevils, was not wearing a safety tether, and there was no net below to catch him if he fell.
We were on the rooftop 15 floors up, and could see the end of the cable, plus his landing spot – a simple wooden box – and a great view from beginning when he rose up in a cable car on the crane.