Yesterday, my rollerblading destination was Jericho Beach in Point Grey (approximately 8km round trip according to the gmap pedometer). I stripped my gear to the bare minimum (body, one lens, extra battery, 2GB card) and packed it into my camcorder bag, which is much smaller and lighter than my big, honking, “beast” bag.
I set off and headed down 2nd Ave all the way to Point Grey. It was smooth sailing. That is until I got to Jericho (see below). Here is an important lesson I learnt yesterday. Jericho Beach is not the best place to rollerblade. Biking? Yes. Walking and running? Tally-ho. Rollerblading? Not advised.
Let’s review some places where you shouldn’t go rollerblading:
1. Gravel pathways or fields of long, wet grass.
2. Muddy swamp land.
3. The soft, slippery, muddy banks of a duck pond.
4. Mossy parts near forested areas.
5. Sandy Beaches.
Please do not attempt this if you are a Novice rollerblader. This is serious business. If you are a beginner and attempt to rollerblade around the slippery, muddy banks of a duck pond, the chances are pretty good that you will fall into said duck pond. The likelihood that I, an experienced and “professional” rollerblader, would fall into the duck pond is say 50%. So the odds are in my favour.
PS. Next time, can someone please remind me to bring shoes? Some flip flops? Anything really. Some plastic bags I can strap to my feet?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Rollerblading Adventure to Jericho Beach.