The Why Not? Blog

At the tender age of 25 Dave started skateboarding. 14 months later he became the first person to skate the length of Britain. Another 8 months on he had crossed Australia on his board, breaking a world record & raising over £20,000 for three charities. Now, at 27, he's writing his first book, is a motivational speaker and a businessman, and he's only just gotten started on a lifetime of challenges which from the outside look just darn crazy. So, why? You know the answer, don't you. Why not?

Friday, June 02, 2006

Day 33: I can see the sea!

Before we drive back to the roundabout south of Truro where we finished yesterday Dim tries to board along the road outside Si's house. His big old stack the other day hasn't put him off, I'm going to teach him carving and stopping in the next few days. He stumbles one time too many and we get in the van. Kate and Becki in the front (Kate arrived by train late last night) and the boys in the back. I sort my foot out, slip it into a battered and worn pair of shoes, one green and one yellow.

Weather is blissful. Easy but turbulent hills shadow the main A-roads between Truro and Penzance and Elsa and I glide along them, huffing and puffing up some hills. Completely out of breath, it feels kind of strange. Am I getting unfit?!

Lunch at 1pm in a pub. Amazing food, really friendly landlords from London (until after we paid and then they were kind of rude, wierd!). After lunch we relax in the beer garden for a couple of hours, preparing the website for the big finale tomorrow. How cool is that! Land's End tomorrow!

Penzance is on the cards, let's go. The roads are smooth, mainly downhill as we're heading for the coast. I look right and left, north and south, and the sea begins to appear on both sides. The land is narrowing, soon the road will end.

Penzance comes quickly and I skate along the cycle path around the bay. It's been 33 days since I last saw the sea. Then it was in April, on the northern shores of Scotland. Now, 29 days of skating and 4 days of recuperation later, I've reach the south coast. On a longboard!

The signs to Land's End are here now, they say 12 miles to go. I'll save them for tomorrow.


  • At 9:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Come on Dave! Not long to go! Beast it, muchacho! Go Team Boardfree!


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