Our first time riding segways was a memorable one!
**UPDATE November/2018** Unfortunately, this tour is no longer offered in Put-in-Bay. However, if you’re interested in excursions on the island, be sure to try a kayaking trip around Gibraltar Island!
After a lunch of veggie burgers at the nearby Joe’s Bar and Restaurant, we returned to embark on our segway excursion. I pre-booked the tour ahead of time with A&S Tours, operating out of the Put in Bay Resort and Conference Center. We met with our friendly and helpful tour operator, Tom. Tom instructed us on how to ride and operate the segways properly. It was our first time stepping foot on a segway and he was a very patient teacher.
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Put-in-Bay is a great place to take a segway excursion. There are hardly any cars, only golf carts. We didn’t have to ride near lots of traffic. Justin and I practiced in a vacant parking lot, which was an ideal place to ride around in circles. At first, it was a little unnerving being up on the segway and not knowing what to do. Thankfully, Tom showed us the ropes. I shifted my weight forwards to move ahead and backwards to slow down, stop, or ride backwards. I moved the handles from side to side to control my direction. It soon became second nature riding this vehicle around town.
SEGWAY EXCURSION AROUND THE ISLAND
Justin and I embarked on our segway excursion around the northern part of South Bass Island. It worked out really well as this was the only part of the island we hadn’t explored by golf cart. Five of us (us, Tom, and our two friends) drove in a line down the main roads going pretty fast. It was so much fun zipping around. We rode around the corners with ease. Our group reached the most northern tip of the island that had a small sandy beach with a great view of the lake.
Our trip was about 1 1/2 hours in length including the training, and it was well worth the price tag of $39 per person. It was such a treat as we both had wanted to try this unique activity. I highly recommend giving it a shot. Learning how to ride a segway was not as difficult as it looked, and Put in Bay was an ideal location for a segway excursion.
Here is a quick video of Justin and I practicing riding the segways for the first time. As we were still in the learning stages, we were going pretty slowly on the training mode called “turtle mode”. Once we figured out what we were doing, our segways were taken off “turtle mode.”
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