to organize a skate trip or tour on your own can present a few
difficulties. However, with a little advanced planning you can create a
memorable weekend or vacation.
model for solo skate trips comes from the bicycle touring industry, in
which self-supported bike trip are very popular.
Bicyclists plan a route, pack their gear
on panniers (saddle bags), make lodging plans, and off they go. Unfortunately, multi-day
solo skate trips are not so easy:
It is hard to carry your gear:
Even with a skate bag, it is
difficult (and certainly uncomfortable) to carry extra clothes,
toiletries, etc. This
difficulty essentially eliminates the idea of staying in campgrounds.
If you do decide to plan an overnight trip, you should certainly
practice skating with a loaded pack at home first.
Some long-distance skaters have
created trailers that can actually be pulled behind you! We don’t
recommend this unless you are highly motivated.
Finding good pavement is difficult:
Unlike bicycling, pavement is
critical in skating. If you have not been there to pre-check the route,
you can easily end up skating on poor pavement (or, even worse, a dirt
road). That can ruin the fun quickly!
Avoiding traffic is imperative: It is no fun and even dangerous to
skate on roads with traffic and no shoulders.
On a bicycle, it is generally no
problem to cycle for a short distance on a high traffic road to connect
two low-traffic side roads. This
is not true for skaters with their wide stroking spans!
obstacles don’t mean you can’t do a solo skate trip, they just mean you
have to plan a little bit more! Here
are some suggestions if you are interested in solo skate travel.
Plan a day trip: Who says you have to go overnight?
There are often great trips several hours away by car.
This will allow you to only carry a
Stay in a hotel: You can play a multi-day solo trip
and avoid carrying much luggage by staying in a hotel.
You will still have to carry an
extra set of clothes and toiletries but this is manageable for many
Have a friend drive a support
This can provide you with great freedom! You can stay in campgrounds or
hotels and can even have the support vehicle meet you at sections with
no pavement or high traffic. On
trips of several days, you can rotate drivers.
Try a paved trail: Governments throughout the United
States and Europe are jumping on the bandwagon of creating paved trails. This can eliminate any
concerns about hitting poor pavement.
let the difficulties stop you! If you have the itch to do a little solo
skate travel, hit the web for research, pack that bag, and have a great