It took me 12 hours to skateboard 30 miles from Boulder to Denver, CO. The following are a few photos taken on that long journey paired with entries from my adventure log. Stopping every 2 hours, I kicked my feet back, munched on my Italian sub in the sun, and jotted down what exactly was going on in my head throughout this long amazing/challenging day.
I’ll be following up this Behind Lenses piece with a resource post on how I did this, lessons learned, maps, mileage and directions, and a few words of inspiration to hopefully encourage you to embark on your own microadventures, be it a skate trek or some other form of human powered pursuit.
8:00 AM: AN HOUR AFTER THE START
Behind me is my comfortable bed in Boulder and before me one of my greatest loves: the open road. It’s hitting me that I’m really doing this – there’s no turning back now. I’m on my way to what feels like the top of the world today, and the only things taking me there are my mind, my two legs, and these 4 wheels.
6:45 PM: GETTING OVER THE HUMP
“Even with only so many minutes left of daylight, I can’t resist taking a moment to watch the sunset over the very mountains I started from this morning. I had been rushing the day, thinking I should make it to the center of Denver’s downtown before night takes over. But really, what’s the rush? I want to take all of this in, slowly and naturally, and I want to take every last bit of it in. When we rush, we don’t enjoy the process. And if we don’t enjoy the process, then what have we?”
8:30 PM: VICTORY
“DONE! The last 30 minutes I decided to take it all in and walk through downtown Denver to Market St. Station. I felt so many things on that walk, but more than anything, I felt proud of myself. Today was tough – hour after hour I began thinking, is this worth it? It was. The past 30 minutes were some of the best 30 minutes of my life. I looked back on the course of today, on the course of my life and what I’ve done and where I’m going and who I’m becoming – and for the first time in a long time, I feel right about all of it.”
This was one hell of a ride – and one that I’d recommend anyone – male or female, skater or nonskater, old or young to do. It doesn’t matter if you live in the flattest of lands of the hilliest of lands, as all you truly need is the strength of your 2 legs, 2 feet, and one mind to complete this challenge.
This skate trek was proudly sponsored by OZ Longboards, located right here in Colorado. They’re known for their high-quality hand-crafted and eco-friendly boards. The trek also wouldn’t have been possible without the guys behind Solepack, who helped me get from A to B with pack extentions and sincere “You can do this, Lauren!” support. It was an honor working with both of these companies.