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Slipping the surly bonds
I use a DIY winder made of a steel videotape reel that's 2" wide. I drilled a hole near the hub and ran my 200lb line through it with a couple knots on the outside. I always keep a few feet of line on the hub when flying, but in picking my way across a field with lava rock and old barb wire I missed the fact that my Levitation had really picked up speed. Of course, when it hit the end, the steel rim easily sliced the line. I watched kite and camera serenely fly east over a housing development, trailing 500' of line. I went back to my car and started searching nearby streets, trees and rooftops for my now totally auto KAP rig. My luck held and I soon saw a family out for a walk, removing kite and rig from a cul de sac. Everything was intact and the cheap actioncam was still shooting! I thanked them and went about retrieving the line, which had draped itself over 2 blocks of houses and trees. Reviewing the shots later I found that my wayward Levi had taken shots of the surrounding area, drug the camera across a roof, then rose a few hundred feet for 4 more minutes, finally dropping into the street in front of a surprised family.