Mr Dunnit and his brother were given Segway Safaris for their birthdays in January. It was scheduled for last weekend, and his brother couldnt make it. So I went. See our lovely roundy heads and even stranger shapes? Body armour, dontcha know. You need this for outdoors fun apparently.
The sun shone on the righteous. And the nervous. While we waited for our safety briefing - something you have to go through before you can have fun in the outdoors, apparently - the thunder roared, the lightning bolted and the rain came down in torrents. And elsewhere. In charge chappie said he'd call it off if it didn't 'improve'. My thoughts at this point were all based on armchairs, cups of tea and the difficulty of having fun outdoors. It's a lot of work.
First you have to get your balance, get over your normal driving and steering skill and work your way around cones and mini obstacles. You drive with your feet and body, see. The handle is pretty well for holding onto because you need something to do with your hands - although you move it left and right for turning, that's it for the handle. To get it to go forward, you lean forward - sort of put your hips over your toes, and to break, you lean back on your heels. It's not counter intuitive, but if you drive, it feels very strange. After you've done the obstacle course a couple of times, you can move onto the 'safari' course...hills and bumpy straights, hills, corners...you get it. This is where the slightest incline starts to look horribly like a ridiculously vertical mountain. Gather your guts, lean forward and don't lose momentum....stopping on the 'up' side isn't wrong, but getting going again takes an alarming amount of leaning and effort. And besides, if you can get to the top of the hill with a decent amount of speed, the downward journey is an alarming sort of fun. Feels like maximum velocity, upright, with absolutely no control. Apparently I made a swear word last from the top to the bottom of the hill. In a shrieky girly voice. Sorry about that. It was my first hill. Afterwards I was much more contained...if I had to shriek, it was just a WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO.
|Proof that I did it..in less than flattering kit. In public.|
Have a great weekend.