- Posted March 21, 2014 by
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A Segway Tour of Austin
A Segway Tour of Austin
By Deborah Gaffney
I cannot tell you how many times we have been to Austin over the course of the years for volleyball, spring break, water polo, State high school tournaments, college visits, etc; each time it has been a new and exciting experience. This time was no exception.
My oldest daughter applied and was accepted to UTLaw. This visit was to tour the Law School and of course, Austin. UTLaw arranged for the admitted students to take a Segway Tour of Austin, if they so desired, and of course my adventuresome daughter signed us up. Yes, I tried to back out; especially after they explained the hazards of segwaying. Especially when, during training, one unfortunate rider did indeed fall off the back of the Segway. My daughter and trainer assured me that I would be fine.
So I hopped aboard my trusty steed and tried to navigate moving forward, backwards, figure 8's and stopping. Just when the instructor thought I had some semblance of control, the leader of the group, to which I had been assigned for the tour told me to climb aboard my Segway 'Sam Houston' for the ride. Now image, there are ten riders per group and I was the first one to board in our group. I tried encourage our tour guide to have me mount last...he looked at me and said, "are you going on the tour?", I answered yes. Then he said, "mount up!" I cautiously climbed aboard 'Sam Houston' and prayed that my angels keep up with me. While I was waiting for my 9 other companions to mount up, I practiced turning circles and primarily staying upright.
By the time our group reached the Capitol, I was feeling a bit more more sure of my existence and really leaned into the ride...which causes your Segway to speed up, so then I had to practice my stop, drop and pop to avoid running into another unassuming rider. The stop, drop and pop is basically straightening your arms, doing a squat and popping back up quickly to stop your Segway. If you squat too long, your Segway will start to go backwards.
If I did the tour everyday, my hips and thighs would be tone, tight and happy. Honestly speaking, I would have to stop visiting the many places to eat for that to be a realistic outcome. I had lunch at the Easy Tiger. The pastrami on rye was delicious. Although I did not have a beer, they have over 30+ to choose from along with a wine selection and full bar. It's a great place for a quick lunch with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
I'm still recovering from my Segway ride, but if you are up for a scenic adventure, let's ride!