Awesome sessioning, love the back story and “animal chinning”.This one's for @longboardkook since you're a ditch guy. Circling back around to my post almost a year ago to the day... I'm happy to say that I finally skated a proper ditch. My cousin took me to this spot sometime in the 80s when we were kids. They called it "Pipeline" -- it has a new name now, but it will always be Pipeline to me. It was a long ditch that ran downhill, around a curve, and terminated at a board-gobbling pipe that ran underneath a busy road. I wasn't yet a skater at that time, but we rode our bikes in it for a bit. It was always in the back of my mind as a spot that I'd like to skate someday. Doing some recon over the years, I saw that they chopped off half of it to build a retention pond, but it still looked worthy of a session. Fast forward to yesterday: I took a day off of work to try out a nearby DIY park that was only 5 minutes away from Pipeline, so I popped in to take a few runs for old time's sake and to finally get my shot at it. Of course, it looks a bit much smaller as an adult than when we were kids. I'm sure it's a cardinal sin to wear pads in a ditch, but I'm old and don't care.
I'm not a really great crust skater, but I did pretty good and had a lot of fun finally checking that one off my list.
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I was delighted to see that some of the old graffiti was actually still there. I remember seeing this as a kid -- it was the first time I ever heard of Twisted Sister. Ha!
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The DIY park has a bonus ditch tucked away in the back of the park. You'd need a snow shovel to fully clear it, so I just swept a small path so I could at least take a couple runs. It was actually more fun than I expected and could probably be fun if the whole thing was cleared. Nice scenery, too.
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That fired me up to track down an old concrete snake run in my city. Will report back.