I just got back from a little Dland trip. I met two friends to take the Segway tour of DCA. YoYoFlamingo COULD have gone with me, but opted for Dland tour instead. YYF, here's what you missed!
We were to meet at the "C" at 7 am:
(Not many folks around at 7 am!)
Friend Brian was already there:
Friend Ron showed up later and I forgot to take a pic.
Our tour guides took us to a VIP room where we munched on muffins and fruit and tried to wake up with coffee. We watched a movie about Segways and were told we couldn't take pics, since the park wasn't open yet and there was lots of maintenance magic happening.
We ended up being the ONLY people on the tour! So the five of us went outside where we were introduced to our trusty steeds. We spent a few minutes going over how to get on and off the Segways (Segways seek balance due to their internal gyroscopes and they will seek that balance whether you are balanced or not, so you need to take care in getting on and off of them). We practiced going forward and back and through a little obstacle course with cones. You lean forward and backward to move forward and backward! hee hee. To turn, you bend your knees and carve the turn the way you would if you were skiing. To stop, you stick out your rear end!
The tour guides kept asking us if we had ever been on Segways before, because they couldn't believe we were doing so well. They did say at least one person manages to fall off the Segway during every tour. Brian promptly said he would follow me, since he was sure I would be the one to take a digger. We finished the one hour of Segway training in 15 minutes, so they turned us loose in the park!
Wow, what fun! They had our Segways on 'turtle', which is the slowest (max speed of 6 mph), but it was still a blast! The Segway is very responsive to your body movements and we were all slalom-ing down the wide pathways. We zipped through Condor Flats and got to go through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
They told us we could go anywhere in the Paradise Pier area, so I had great fun going through the Sun Wheel queue line. I was zipping around the Screamin' Fast Pass area and was looking down to make sure my wide Segway wheels were going to make it around the queue rail poles, when I saw I was going to clip one of the poles. Did I mention the Segway can climb obstacles? In fact, it LIKES to climb obstacles. When it comes to an obstacle, it stops and begins to climb. Did I mention I was going 6 mph on the Segway? The wheel clipped the pole, the Segway stopped, and I didn't. Now, I've done this experiment before, where it's momentum versus gravity. It's always the same, momentum takes the early lead, but then gravity wins by a decisive margin. Yes, indeed. I went FLYING off the Segway and landed in a heap a good six feet in front of it. Fortunately, nothing snapped or cracked. I got up and the front of my shirt was wet! Everyone was asking if I was okay and I was standing there asking, "How the heck did I get wet?" I looked down and saw one of the holes in the ground for the poles was plugged and had water in it. The hole is about the size of a fifty-cent piece and was the only water for MILES. I managed to land in it!!
They took our picture right after that (my shirt even has water spots on it!). They gave us the pic, but I'm too lazy to scan it, so I just did a screen print off of the Disney pic website:
Geeks having nerdy fun!!!
The next morning, I found I had a lovely souvenir of my little spill. Two huge bruises on my hip!!!:
Proof positive I had a GREAT time! (No, it doesn't hurt at all. It looks wicked nasty, but doesn't hurt in the least.)