Reaction to Nik Wallenda's crossing the Grand Canyon range from, 'he must be crazy', to 'that's awesome!'.
Most everyone we spoke with is thrilled the local aerialist made the trip successfully, but not without putting the entire Bay on the edge of their seats!
The wire coaches at Circus Sarasota know Nik well and said the adrenalin rush must have been intense, not only with the challenge of crossing the canyon, but with the weight of the world watching to see if he could actually pull it off, given the windy conditions Sunday.
In just under 23 minutes, he crossed a 2-inch steel wire and traveled 14-hundred feet.
"It was way more windy, and moving the cable, and the sidewalls as I was walking were getting in the way and confusing me as the pendulums were swinging against them," a breathless Wallenda told reporters on the Discovery Channel moments after completing his walk. "So I tried to react and I kicked the rhythm into the cable. It took every bit of me to stay focused the entire time. My arms are aching like you wouldn't believe."
But Wallenda is far from finished thrilling us. Now, he wants to walk a wire, between New York City's iconic Empire State and Chrysler buildings.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has already jokingly said, "forgeddabout it."
But a spokesperson for the department put it this way: "If you fell in the Grand Canyon, you'd only end up dead and wet. If he fell in Manhattan, God help those below!
The founder and CEO of Circus Sarasota, Pedro Reis said with Nik, anything's possible!
"If Nik can get the permission from a country called Canada and the country known as the United States of America to work together to put a cable across Niagara Falls, he can do anything."
There will be a ticker-tape parade and welcome home celebration Sunday, June 30th at 5pm along Main Street in Sarasota.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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