A few weeks ago I saw on Groupon that they were selling discounted rates on Segway tours. I’ve always wanted to ride a Segway, so I called my niece Steph and asked if she’d like to do it with me. This weekend was Steph’s weekend to visit us in Chicago so we went on the Segway tour.
We had to meet up at Foster Avenue Beach on Chicago’s north side. After turning in our Groupon and signing a release, Steph and I had to pick out our helmets.
Nutcase, is right!
While everyone was gathering (we had 8 people in our group), I noticed that all the Segways were plugged in and getting charged up.
One by one we got 5 – 15 minutes of training and instruction on how to use and ride the Segway. Here’s Steph getting her lesson.
Our instructor/guide Chris was very smart about how he taught everyone and very personable. I overheard him saying he’s a basketball coach so I’m sure that helps him be able to relate to people and teach them very quickly.
It took just a few minutes to get a feel for it. Once you were on the Segway for about 15 minutes or a half hour it felt like second nature. Like you just had to think where to go and you’d go.
Steph got the hang of it very quickly.
We rode the Segways south from Foster Avenue Beach.
Soon we arrived at Montrose Beach. The weather was perfect that day. Sunny and not too hot or cold. Probably in the low 80s. The beaches were pretty busy. We got off the Segways, made a bathroom break. There was a stand selling refreshments and some people got a snack or a drink.
Around the bend we came upon a really beautiful view of Chicago’s skyline. Our guide, Chris, had us each take turns getting our photo taken in front of the beautiful view.
In this photo he told us “no hands!”
We went through Montrose Harbor, which was really pretty with all the sailboats docked.
Here’s our guide telling us….. something…
After the harbor we took a pretty much straight shot back up to Foster Beach. I didn’t want the ride to be over, but it was fun to reach some max speed on the Segway. I’m convinced I really need to get a Segway to commute around the city. It was SOO fun!
Here’s a compilation I made of some video clips we made while riding the Segways:
Oh, PS. I just looked up Steph’s previous visits to Chicago. I thought there were more, but this was only her 4th year.
Is it getting dusty in here? !?! Must be my allergies acting up!