One segue inevitably leads to another. This statement proved true for me and four of my college girlfriends this past weekend. We all flew to Florida to celebrate this year in which we all are segueing from 39 to the big 4-0 and not long after we arrived we treated ourselves to Never b4 rides on Segway Personal Transporters.
I saw the smooth gliding, nearly silent Segway ridden by its inventor, Dean Kamen, many years ago at a robotic's competition in NYC. Ever since, I've want to try one. Throughout this Never b4 year, I've searched for Segway tours in many cities but until this past weekend they eluded me. In Paris they were booked, in NYC they are banned and in Amsterdam they were just impossible to find. So, being able to find an operating Segway tour in Naples Florida on the very weekend my friends and I were celebrating a milestone segue, was a very happy coincidence.
Sure, we were nervous and wobbly as we stepped aboard the 2-wheeled contraption and discovered our power was in our feet. Our Sarah Palin-sounding instructorguided us by hand at first, teaching us to lean forward on our feet to move forward, and rock back to stop or go in reverse. She taught us to negotiate road bumps, cars and pedestrians with a twist of the handle that made the Segway turn on a dime. She kept our speed under control by turning our machines on with the starter-level key but quickly taught us how to make the the smiley face on our Segway dashboard frown with faster maneuvers and even growl if we pushed our speed limits to the max.
We toured for 2+ hours around the historic sections of Naples but I can't tell you much about what I saw because I was so focused on the amazement of riding. I am proud to say that not one of us fell off our Segway like George W. Bush did 5 years ago. I can also, thanks to a momentary steering problem of my own, attest to the fact that the Segway rides just as well on lawns as it does on pavement.
Sure, we may have felt a bit foolish zipping around Naples on our Segways, but I don't think any one of us felt 40! Click here for some photos and below you can watch videos of Cathy, Mikki and Pam taking their very first rides (sorry Eileen, I didn't get you on video).
I'd like to give a shout out to Cathy, Pam, Eileen and Mikki: first for enthusiastically embracing the idea of the Segway ride; and second for the many laughs we shared about our jet ski ride -- a Never b4 that is too bizarre to go into detail about here but one I know we'll laugh about for many reunions to come.
If you have have comments on our Segway adventure or Segway stories of your own to share, I'd love to hear them. Simply click on the headline above, scroll down and add your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of the page.