To me anything involving mountains or boats needs a fairly level headed evaluation of risks (NB that's just based on my experience and interests).
Here is a decent article on the subject: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/outdoors/outdoor-activities...
Something I loved, and still love, about the fixed gear crowd was how they'd do crazy rides with little or no prep. Just a child-like fearlessness. To head out, still in jeans, and to ride 200km just because.
The not taking it too seriously, and doing it because you can is great.
One of the guys I met along the way on that occasion was in regular jeans and no padded shorts. He also didn't bring water or food. He made it to the end, with the biggest grin on his face that you can imagine.
He now randomly delivers free muffins to people across London: http://www.wakeuptomuff.com/how-to-get-muffed-up/
On the other hand, in my defence, ... no, there's no defence.
Will be doing it again though, it was hella fun.
Sometimes I like to shoot for comfort, technical wear, the right food, sunglasses for the job, etc.
Other times I just want to remember what it's like to experience that child-like feeling of just grabbing your bike and rushing out for a ride.
There's something really liberating and fun about not acting like an adult and preparing. And it re-introduces some risks that make the ride more 'interesting'... such as whether you'll bonk, and whether you get lost because you didn't plan, or whether it rains and you get soaked to the bone as you didn't check.
* Get lost.
* Get soaked/frozen because the weather took a turn for the worse.
* Get roasted/bathed in sweat because it got a lot warmer than you planned on.
I have hours of anecdotes for all of the above, despite dressing in the best possible gear I had/could afford at the time, and riding the best possible bicycle I could afford at the time (gears, brakes, etc...).
Thanks for your feedback, really appreciate it :)
thanks for your kind words!
I was absolutely freezing waiting for my train at the station in Wollongong for a good 20-30 mins, and again on the train because it was air-conditioned. I was getting a bit worried as time went on because I was seriously cold. But I knew it would make that hot shower that much sweeter once I had arrived home, which it did.
At 8:00 PM on Saturday, I decide that I will not be leaving without visiting those damn monuments. Cue Google Maps: aha, there's a twelve-mile bike trail between our hotel and the mall. I don't have a bike, but I did pack passable running shorts. The bus departs at 7:00 AM Sunday, t-minus eleven hours. Let's do this.
At the behest of a whim, what ensued was one of the most magical nights of my entire life. I could probably go on for pages, but I'll refrain. To summarize, I spent 3.5 hours walk/jogging along a breathtakingly gorgeous trail, two hours running excitedly between the amazing and largely-deserted monuments (some of them, like the Korean War monument, are especially captivating in the dark), and another 3.5 hours battling fatigue, sore legs, and god-awful chafing the likes of which I had never imagined in a race to get back to the hotel before the heat of dawn.
Spontaneity really pays off sometimes.
In all, I drove 65,000km (40,000mi) in 22 months, through 17 countries.
Without a doubt, actually leaving was the hardest part.
I highly recommend such a trip.
All my stories and photos are at http://theroadchoseme.com
For anyone wanting to do something similar, http://wikioverland.org has all the logistical information you'll need (borders, paperwork, gas prices, etc. etc.)
Edit: I'm in the early stages of planning the next one, which will be bigger :)
Better get a G-Wagen then ;)
I plan to show it can be done quite cheaply, and with a relatively cheap vehicle.
Around this time I decided to try and find my way back by going forward instead of retracing my path. I called a friend to ask him to check how far I was on Google Maps. He said I was around five miles away from where I started at this point, and offered to help me find my way back. I declined, since I still wanted to find it myself. After another long while I decided to call him again, and he said that I was now around nine miles away from where I had started.
I was getting tired and had thought that I would be pretty close at this point, so I asked him to give me directions to get back. When I finally got back I was tired, hungry, and so thirsty, but I had a really enjoyed my little adventure. It may seem silly since I was ultimately so close to where I live, but I had never been anywhere along that route so it really felt like an adventure of discovery.
After getting some food and something to drink, I retraced my route on Google Maps and it turns out that I had gone 21.7 miles. It took me around four hours.
Here's my route for anyone who is interested: http://goo.gl/maps/Yvwwj
also, i did the drive from Sydney to Brisbane with a couple surfboards, highly recommended. Next time i'll do S to W (in a campervan)
Check out http://pavedwave.org/ (The Soul of Distance Skateboarding). On the forums you'll find tons of advice (skateboard equipment, technique, nutrition) which can help you achieve awesome goals. You can also find events over there. If there's one time an event close to you you should really check it out, it's a great experience to come together and ride for 24 hours! (sound funny huh)
And going down that hill on your skateboard after having already travelled (I'm guessing) ~50km for ~8hours, is impressive and totally crazy.
Reminds me of beginning a long hike and feeling the pain in your calves start too early in the first hour. And knowing that you have over a week to go. But you just do it rather than skulking back.
Had a full day hiking from Italy to Switzerland in torrential rain, too stubborn to stop at the start, then unable to find a flat spot to pitch a tent later. Obviously traffic and road conditions on a skateboard are one thing, but I think you'd be hard pressed to die from rain itself otherwise. Still, it's such a mental deterrent at times.
Did you take the detour along the Sea Cliff Bridge?
I couldn't help myself but LOL at that :) I'm envisaging this guy pushing himself to even get started, middle of the night, pouring rain, swollen ankles, muscles aching everywhere, almost being run over 100's of times in one night, cold and miserable - and then thinking 'hey, let's take a detour over the touristic route!'.
Never boarded to be honest but these type of stories always put a smile on my face and I'm glad stories like this do get on HN's main feed. There is a lot more to these type of stories than the actual journey itself, yours especially. Congrats again! Since you never will do that exact trip again, maybe another is a possibility?!
1. When I was in high school, a kid skateboarded the Boston Marathon, I think the first person to do so. He was younger than me, probably 15. The local paper asked him why, and he said something like "no one else has done it, and I want to see if it can be done."
2. When Boston's big ring road (Rte. 128) was built in the 1950s, people were allowed to ride bicycles in the two right-hand lanes (!). I was surprised to learn that a bunch of kids (15 or 16 year olds) used the road to bike from Boston's western edge to Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire (1), about 80 miles. A lot of people might say "big deal, I can do a century" but this was using 3-speed bikes. These kids didn't think "it's too far, can't be done" but rather "we have these relatively modern bikes, can take the highway for part of the way, let's try". And they did.
This reminded me of a guy who cycled 100 miles to meet his first customer.
Anyways, he's amazing. Even though he get back twice, he still continue his plan and do it. Roadblocks didn't stop him.
Some funny sponsored longboarders (with one of them being a cinematographer) trek from Peru to Bolivia, and down Morocco, filming their all of their antics.
PS clocked so many hours in Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 as a kid!
Whereabouts in Sydney did you start your journey?
You weren't considering coming in through the heads were you? That would be quite hairy.
I particularly liked this section:
I was tired of thinking about the possibility of skateboarding to Wollongong ... But this was it, this time was different. I didn't even think about it. ... I just got up and started pushing my skateboard.
I know what you mean, and have had similar feelings and experiences psyching up for (climbing) missions as well. In a way, sometimes the most difficult part is committing to the task beforehand. Good on you for doing that, following through - and for doing it for yourself.
You've given me a little inspiration, a spark, to do things that I thought would be possible.
Here's the page for the documentary about his trips:
Congratulations on finishing and for an awesome achievement - you've confirmed to yourself you can do anything you want when you put your mind to it and you did something what a lot of people don’t do (apart from skateboarding the from Sydney to Wollongong) in that despite, previously giving up for various reasons you still achieved your goal. Congratulations once again!
My personal goal has always been to walk from Sydney to Canberra. Would take about I week I estimate, but im unlikely to ever do it mostly because I am not really willing to camp along highways especially around Belanglo.
Don't suppose you could point out the bit that caused the confusion? It would help me avoid this sort of response in the future :)
Here is the route of his around world on a bike trip:
So problems probably are too many degrees of freedom, challenges like proper vision to plan ahead and steer, and in the shoving case also the security aspect (since there's a hard limit on how much force/acceleration a robot can use if it is handled by humans, and if you can shove it, it surely is).
In that sense, a skate-bot (without security limits) seems to be easier than a walking one with limits (which I assume you meant) to me since it takes down the degrees of freedom.
It's slightly longer but much funnier than subway.
How would you call a scateboard with steering pole? That's what I use.
Cheers for replying!
/me waves from the bottom of the bulli pass.
"And I'm never doing it again."
This site is now RedditHack and the idiotic comments are a testament to how this site is overrun by hipster douches...
Granted, I could see it on Reddit instead but the homepage is crowded with funny images.