In 2001 about 75 skaters visited Amsterdam
on their Euroroll trip
organized by Beverly Hurf. They told me that I had to come to the Philly Freedom skate
organized by the Landskaters. In
2002 I combined a trip to New York and Philadelphia. It turned out in a wonderful skate
happening, with participants from 18 states! Ontario, San Diego, New York, Pitsburg,
Dallas, Miami, Washington and many others were present.
After the welcoming and registration on Friday, the first
skate started. We skated through Philadelphia and went up the Big Hill, from which you
have a great view on the city. We even skated through underground parking garages and
subway stations. I don't have much pictures of this skate, but have a look at the video
for an impression. The night ended with a block party outside.
Saturday morning we did the "Mural Skate". A nice
skate through Philadelphia along "murals". These are very impressive wall
paintings on large buildings and houses. True pieces of art. Never did I see so many as in
Philly! Mid-day, we relaxed at the hotel pool. Very welcome on this hot day. Later we
boarded the Septa train for the second skate. The train took us outside the city and we
skated back to Philly through nice villages and suburbs including magnificent downhills.
The day ended with dinner and dancing at Katmandu restaurant. although.. most of us
partied on at the numerous room parties throughout the hotel. A small group left one of
the parties to skate naked around the buiding :-)
Sunday, "hangover day", was a relaxed morning skate
through the city ending in a pool party at the fountains. at noon most skaters checked out
to get back home again.
A very nice skate weekend. Thanks a lot Landskaters! I had a
really good time!