A Boy and his Board
There once was a boy and his board
A long board
Now it is just a bit of plywood
but with a little sanding
Some wood filler
Some sanding sealer
A bit of paint
A sheet of grip tape or two
A pair of Reverse Kingpin Longboard Trucks
And we have a dream come true
When I was in my late teens I got around on either a longboard or a bike.
I would disappear for days and ride my longboard or my bike 150 miles or more to go hiking in Ozarks.
In later years I would ride my longboard/hitchhike from Austin to the gulf coast. Where I would stand on one of several docks where I was known, wearing a tee shirt that said “will crew for a ride. This is how I got to sea on some 60 to 80 foot sailboats
When I was in Oregon I commuted 20 miles to work on a bicycle. And I could take my bike on the bus up the mountain, got off at Near McKenzie Bridge in Oregon. And from there I could ride my bike to Cougar Hot Springs.
After soaking in the springs I would ride my bike to the trailhead of French Pete Trail #3311.
From there I would chain my bike to a tree and explored the Three Sisters Wilderness, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and the Willamette National Forest.
These day I find myself commuting 8 miles one way to work. In hope of making my life easier I started exploring building myself a longboard.
In the meantime a friend has given me a bike. It is only a single speed coulter cd bicycle but I have fallen in love with the old banger of a bike for the freedom it gives me.
I am still going to build myself a longboard but now I am going to take my time and build something nice instead of banging together something purely utilitarian.