This morning I was finally able to do something I have pondered about for a long time, namely skating to work. You need diffrent wheels for outdoor skating since the road is rocky and the wheels has to be soft in order to handle all the impact. So I bought a pair for cheap ones off Ebay, and yesterday they arrived. Skating outside is a bit tricky because of all the obstacles, especially slopes are hard to deal with since there is no real effective way to stop downhill quickly when you use classic four wheel skates. On the other hand it was way more fun, and less strenuous, than biking and walking, which is usually how I get to work. I did fall once, a pure panic reaction when faced with an unexpected slope which had a 90 degree turn at the end. But apart from that it was a fairly smooth ride. Though I might not do this often, it is a bit of a hassle with the equipment and having to carry extra clothes with me. I have 7km to work and the whole thing took about 45 minutes, which was a bit slower than I had expected.
So did I get many weird looks? I can't really tell actually. Partly because I had to keep my focus on the road ahead to avoid potential hazards. And partly because I've been gifted with the ability to be very oblivious to the reactions of people that I don't know.
Anyways it was a fun adventure and it reminded me how much I love road skating.
, by Johanna