In the words of another distance skateboarder, Adam Colton, traveling by skateboard “is a pretty stupid idea.” It really is. It is less efficient than cycling, you are at the mercy of the road surface and traffic is infinitely less forgiving towards you than other forms of human powered transport. And yet there is an inexplicable allure to it. The following is a snapshot of that allure, from the China leg of my 12,159km skate across Europe, the US, and China; China being the highlight for many different reasons.
Life is really simple
Joy that transcends borders
Breaks the ice – leads to real encounters
Freedom from timetables – the road is yours
Strong legs, super-human lungs, glorious appetite
And static solitude
This piece originally appeared on Alastair Humphreys’ awesome blog as a guest post.