"" Writer's Wanderings: Segway to the future?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Segway to the future?


Last week we were privileged to go on another cruise. (DH can't pass up a good bargain.) In Cozumel, we had the opportunity to try out the newer mode of transportation on foot: the segway. It was a real hoot!

We learned how to start it up and step on without wiggling back and forth. Then our instructor had us practice on an obstacle course of cones to get the hang of turning. Your natural inclination is to turn the handle bars but the turning mechanism is actually in the left handle bar. You rotate the handle left or right--slowly.

After about a half hour of practice we were ready to head out on an excursion. He took us down to a blue hole and then on to a beach where we had the option to snorkel. The sensation of moving along by simply leaning forward a bit and stopping by leaning back was exciting. After a while, we were actually able to stand in one place by balancing our weight--sort of like on a bike.

Unfortunately I would have to pass on a segway as my mode of transportation. It didn't exercise your legs much and I don't do well standing still for long periods of time. My toes started to fall asleep. So much for segwaying my way into the future.

1 comment:

Carlos said...

Cars also don't "exercise your legs". Perhaps you might think a Segway is an excersize machine. It's actually an alternative transportation device invented to replace cars for short trips that are too far to conveniently walk.

I can offer this info because I'm a long time Segway commuter.

A popular misconception is that they are a replacement for walking, probably because they are legal to be on sidewalks, and that's where you see them. People rarely imagine that I've just commuted 6 miles when they see me roll past the barber shop, but I have.

Bikes are also an alternative for some people, but I work in a business suit.

If your toes are falling asleep after just standing for a while, you might have some foot ailment that might need to be looked at. This does not happen from just riding a Segway.

Hope your cruise was fun!

Carlos

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