I skate on Skorpion skates. I do so because they are more stable than inline skates, and I can take them off with out going bare foot thereafter.
I usually skate every weekend, and anytime I go on vacation. My normal weekend skate is 8-12 miles, although this winter I skated 25 miles one cold Saturday. Here is a story I about my last trip to Hawaii.
Skating Oahu: What its like to skate from the University of Hawaii to Haunauma Bay.
I was on Texas time, I had just flown in the evening before to Honolulu, where my friend picked me up and carried me to The HI Honolulu Hostel near the University of Hawaii. So I had arisen early at 3am, got dressed, filled my pack with snacks and water, grabbed my skates and walked out of the hostel.
The University is in the Manoa valley on the side of an old volcano. So the incline down university avenue is probably greater than 10%. Since my braking abilities are less than optimal I chose to walk down from Seaview, where the Hostel is located along University avenue to Dole st. Where I found a low wall which was convenient for putting on my skates.
I proceeded skating east towards the sun rise. It was pretty uneventful. Dole street follows the side of the mountain for a couple miles remaining relatively flat. It terminates at St Louis Drive by the St Louis catholic school. St Louis falls steeply to the left, but I negotiated this transition from Dole to St Louis to Wailae Avenue with out mishap.
I stopped at a seven eleven to get a coffee. And had an interesting conversation with a young gay man about how he was going to save the indigenous Hawaiian plants and an article all about it was to appear in the Hawaiian paper. I continued skating down Wailae for a few blocks until I saw that it was beginning to rise again.
Checking my GPS I found that I was still 815 feet above sea level. I thought I'd try to avoid climbing more and skated over to Pahoa street, than back to Harding. When I reached the Waialae elementary school, I was confronted with such a steep hill with a dead end at the bottom that I thought it best to walk down so I did.
Once I was at the bottom of the hill I skated over to the H1 highway and skated underneath the raised highway. This was a particularly pleasant run as the sidewalks are wide and smooth.
I was skating on the right hand side, but switched over to the left, as there was no side walk where the elevated road transitioned to highway on the right. I unfortunately disturbed some doves who were sleeping beneath the freeway as I did this.
Along the stretch of highway from this point to Wailupe beach park I skated in the bike lane, on the left since the side walk was skinny and the bike lane wide. I was griped at by one bicyclist, but it was still a pleasant skate.
I stopped at the Wailupe Beach park to rest a little. Hawaii has very nice public restrooms in the parks. I continued skating along the right side on the side walk and in the bike lane. I played tag with a garbage truck for a while until the garbage guy let me pass since I was traveing faster than he was.
I kept skating on the right side until I got to the Lunalilo Home Rd. I took off the skates and walked up the Side of the Haunama Cider cone.
I topped the rise just before sun rise. Lay down on the rock. Then I took a picture of the sunrise.
Afterwards I walked most of the way down the cinder cone, putting on my skates just before the bottom. I skated around the corner onto Lunalillo Home Road. Here I was addressed by a bicyclist who said "You really gotta have some Balls to do that!" To which I replied "Well its a good thing I have some" :)
Aloha and Mahalo from Texas, Thomas Bodine