|First stop at a small waterfall on the BLT trail|
We met up with Max from Segway NS at the BLT (Beechville - Lakeside - Timberlea Trail) at trail on what once was the rail bed.
What is a Segway Anyway?Here is the info from Wikipedia:
The Segway PT is a two-wheeled self-balancing battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. ofNew Hampshire, USA. The name Segway is a homophone of the word segue, meaning "smooth transition"; PT denotes "personal transporter".
Computers and motors in the base of the device keep the Segway PT upright when powered on with balancing enabled. A user commands the Segway to go forward by shifting their weight forward on the platform, and backward by shifting their weight backward. The Segway notices, as it balances, the change in its center of mass, and first establishes and then maintains a corresponding speed, forward or backward.Gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based leveling sensors are used to detect the shift of weight. To turn, the user manipulates a control on the handlebar left or right.
Segway PTs are driven by electric motors and can go up to 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).
This info is from the Segway.com page with a cool animated graphic of a person gliding on a Segway.
How on earth to you make turns? Well that is very easy. There is a center pole or "LeanSteer" that has handle bars across. To turn right shift the "LeanSteer" gently to the right. To make a tight turn push the "LeanSteer" more towards the right. You can turn 360° almost on the spot. Coming from riding a bicycle I had the tendency to hold on really tight and that is not necessary as you only use the handles to change directions and have some place to hold on to because that's what we are used to.
|wireless info key is uniquely programmed for the individual Segway|
The only thing we found with Segway gliding that took some time getting used to is when we switched surfaces at intersection and slight inclines. If there is a small grade upward you have to shift further forward than you think or you will stall in the middle of going up.
|handsfree - I have found my center of balance|
Gliding at around 15 km/h on hot summer day was delightful as at that speed there is a refreshing breeze.
If you are looking for something different to do I highly suggest doing a Google search to see if you can go Segway gliding in your area. Sadly if you live in Australia you are out of luck as Segways are illegal and not sold there.