I've covered a lot of ground in the past few years on the paths around the Minneapolis Riverfront area, but I can safely say that none have been more memorable than last Wednesday afternoon. I went with all my co-workers on a Segway Tour! I'm pretty sure the hardest work I did the whole time was to step on and off the Segway when we stopped for breaks and some history lessons.
I learned a few fun facts about Segways from Bill the owner when we were there. First of all, I was quite impressed by their top pace of 5:00 per mile! Secondly, I guess they really really struggle after about mile 22...I mean really struggle. Lastly, they wouldn't be very good on technical trail. Bottom line here is they're fast, but they wouldn't stand a chance against an ultra runner.
This cast of characters in the video is the 8-person full time staff of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). Our staff is sort of a spectacle when we go anywhere together anyway, but I'm sure that was escalated by the fact we were scooting around on these Segways. Believe it or not, this year alone we will work with 500 student volunteer leaders who will organize cross-country service trips called Pay it Forward Tours and Leadership Camps for 4,000 student participants! I loved how the Segway Tour guide couldn't believe how we were the whole staff since we were all so young. You can probably tell that I have one of the greatest jobs in the world...
I've since resorted back to running as my means of logging miles. Even had the first real trail run of the year at Hyland this morning...good to be back!