Thursday, September 20, 2012

Magic Carpet or Segway?!

Easy Choice! Since we couldn't locate a magic carpet anywhere, Heidi and I recently picked up this clean first generation i167 Segway found locally on Craigslist. Perhaps the best money we ever spent! 

With my lack of air due to the CF, keeping up with Heidi while we are out and about isn't too likely. The Segway, who we of course named already,  "Steve",  is perfect for getting around most anywhere we go. I have been enjoying my newfound range by visiting the horses at the stable fairly often now, shopping in town with Heidi and soon accompanying her and Dad on many future walks & expeditions on the waterfront & local trails. 

"Gliding" along on a Segway is an easily mastered skill. It is very intuitive and feels quite safe. My initial glide with a spotter had me on my own in less than a minute, moving carefully within a small area for a couple more minutes then gradually extending that range. If you have ever been interested in trying a Segway out, definitely check for a local Segway Tour company. They are fairly common now and will be fun and educational. Great way to explore local scenery!

Steve and Taj have had a chance to meet of course but for the moment, the Dodge truck, Seth, gets the hauling duties until Taj gets a new hitch receiver for the carrier to mount to. (pictured below)


   This clever gadget for hauling the Segway was part of the deal. 

Perhaps not much of an update on what we have been doing, but I promise to get to that soon. With the winter months coming soon, I expect I will be online again a lot more often. Wonder how Steve does in the snow...

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  1. That's so cool, Mike! I've been wondering how you and Heidi are doing. Looking forward to more posts about the lifestyle change. We miss hearing from you.

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    1. Hi Kim! We are doing great! I will definitely be posting more about the fun stuff we are doing this winter. While the weather is so beautiful, I am finding it really tough to be online much! Good to see you! I really am looking forward to finding out what you and other friends here have been up to as well!

      -Mike

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  2. That is a cool thing. I wonder if you could get it snow tires for winter :)

    It's good to hear from you. I'm looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

    ~Meg~
    (currently staying with family in PA and doing homeowner-type things)

    P.S. Tell Heidi I said Hi!

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    1. She read it :) Hi Back! Oh yeah, they do make both kits for bigger tires or better yet, they sell Segways completely setup for offroad that work well in snow. The software is a little different on them so they are a better option that adding just the tire kit.

      Hope things are going well with you & your family! Thanks for the comments as always!

      -Mike

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  3. That looks very functional for you - and very FUN for you, too. Something to think about. :)

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    1. They are a lot of fun and yep, very functional! If you think you might have use for one, I definitely would encourage you to locate a Segway Tour place (fairly common in bigger cities now) and go for a guided ride. Caution though, you may get addicted :)

      -Mike

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  4. That's a great idea, Mike! Just checked your blog for the first time in a while. Glad to see a little of what you and Heidi are doing. Those are some lovely horses and foals, too. Hope you will have time to post more soon. Love to you both.

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    1. Hi Auntie J! Glad you checked in! Hey, these foals are even lovelier in person (hint, hint) Love ya back!

      -Mike

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  5. HHHMMMmmm... I figure I'm WAAAAAY too clumsy to be a successful Segwayer!!! Although it DOES look like fun! Do they come in 4WD??!!

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    1. I bet you would be surprised! They are really very easy to drive and definitely fun. Only two wheels to drive of course but those two wheels can be the bigger ATV style. They make a few models that come with them, plus you can easily buy the few parts to convert them. I am seriously considering doing that too, looks like way too much fun!

      -Mike

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  6. Think tire chains Hope to see you same time next year. Sandy

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    1. Hey Sandy! Looking forward to seeing you again my friend! Tire chains eh?

      -Mike

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  7. Mike... you rock. Hey, how fast can you go on that thing???

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    1. Hey Charlene, Fast enough to keep me happy! They top out a hair over 12 MPH which feels quite fast and certainly beats walking by a few times. The cool thing is how slow you can go allowing you to meander and hover through crowds of people. Very cool stuff! Hope you are doing well!

      -Mike

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  8. Very cool technology there. Thanks for sharing!

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