While we were at the beach in Florida, we could only take so much sun, sand, and surf without burning and blistering our pale skin. So we scanned the tour guides looking for adventures off the beaten path. Something different to do so that we could say, “Remember that vacation to Florida when we …….” Charles picked out one activity and I got to choose another.
Ever since I first saw one, I’ve wanted to try a Segway—the personal electric balancing transportation machine you ride standing up. I was nervous when I called to inquire about the price and how much skill would be required to take the Segway tour. I knew I could no longer balance on a bicycle, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by falling off a Segway. I said, “I am a senior adult and I’m not sure I can do this.” The voice on the other end was encouraging, “My best customers are senior adults. I will train you until you are comfortable.”
It was a slow tourist day in Clearwater Beach and Charles and I were the only two who showed up for the Segway tour. Our tour guide, Fred, worked with us in the parking lot until we got the hang of the machine. A real no brainer- lean forward, machine moves forward, lean backward, machine stops-lean to the left and lean to the right whenever a turn is required. Our seven mile tour on an absolutely gorgeous Florida day was a thrill. We rode past the beach and onto the causeway built for non-motorized transportation over the high bridge overlooking the beautiful bay. The bottle sharks and dolphins frolicked in the water while we watched from the bridge. The egrets and pelicans dove into the water for their mid-day meal. We rode down the bridge and toured the historic section of Clearwater Beach seeing the100 year-old mansions that were the winter homes for wealthy industrialists from the northern states. Riding a Segway is the best way to tour a new place, and I won’t hesitate to do it again.
Charles’ describes his ride in the Sky Surfing Flying Tricycle. “I have piloted or flown in almost all types of aircraft except the Flying Tricycle, and I really enjoyed the ride with Dane in the Sky Surfer. Being an aerodynamics engineer I had to think at least twice before going. However, the "Sky Surfing" Flying Tricycle appealed to me because it has a well proven Delta Wing. I spent an enjoyable hour during the scenic tour of Clearwater Beach and the nearby islands.”
These two late bloomers won’t forget our Florida adventures any time soon and look forward to our next opportunity to cross something off our “bucket list.” Zip-line here we come.