When I started the list of 40 things Steve has always wanted to try, riding a Segway was at the top. Trevor was interested too, but every tour I found has a minimum age of 14 (he's 10) and a minimum weight of 100 lbs (he's 56 lbs). So riding Segways would not be family activity, which meant that we couldn't take a tour in Salt Lake City and leave Trevor alone for 3 hours. We decided to add a Segway tour to our anniversary celebration, since Trevor would be with my parents.
We booked a Segway tour around Lake Merritt in Oakland. When the day arrived, the weather was perfect and we were excited. We did the video orientation, then got on the Segways for the first time. No problem. We went around the block and all went well. Time to head the three blocks from the storefront to Lake Merritt.
All was well until we crossed the street and had to ride up a steep curb that had one of those bumpy yellow mats. I didn't lean far enough forward and stalled. I leaned back slightly, then forward again, but I overcorrected and fell forward with me trapped between a wall and the Segway. It ran over my leg repeatedly until the instructor was able to zip over and help me. I emerged with massive bruising all over my right leg, a baseball-sized lump on my right calf, small bruises on my left leg and arm, and all the skin gone from my right heel. It hurt (a lot) and I was nervous to get back on, but I did it anyway. And we had a great time during the remaining two hours.
Would I ride a Segway again? Yes. It was easy (other than going up steep curbs!) and a fun way to get around. I wouldn't seek it out, but if an opportunity came to ride on smooth terrain I probably wouldn't say no. Steve loved it and absolutely wants to try it again. If nothing else, Steve can take Trevor once he's four years older and 45 lbs. heavier.