Day One – Plymouth to Totnes. Words by Connor Smith
Today was the first day of my 10 ambitious and adventurous days of longboarding across the south coast of England. I set off at about 1:45 from Plymouth Hoe, after having a free lunch at Nando’s as part of my send off. Leaving Plymouth took about 30 minutes, with no major problems or hold ups. As soon as we hit the country lanes, the pace of the journey varied depending on the gradient and road quality.
We made a few stops along the way, one at the Riverford farm shop at Kitley, another at the Avon Inn and finally at Totnes. Where we collected some money from customers, and the shop/pub themselves. We took a more diverse route, as apposed to the initially planned direct route, which worked out better than the planned route would have gone. We took a quiet B road, which had a smooth tarmac surface for 4-5 miles, making the day more enjoyable from the earlier uphill stresses.
As we were finishing the journey in Totnes, history was made for my longboarding career. After 4 years of longboarding, I had my first ever crash/accident. Going down a hill into Totnes, on an extremely bumpy pavement at speed, I eventually lost my balance, and fell back onto my head. Luckily the helmet that Thrill Magazine donated was on, and prevented any major injuries. I got off the floor almost immediately, and sprinted full pelt across the road, which was clear I did check! The board was projected from under me at some speed, so it was a panic trying to get to the board before any cars came along (the road was about 4 lanes wide bare in mind). I got to the board, and of all cars to come round the corner, was a police car. So it was fortunate timing getting across the road and saving the board.
The accident concluded day 1, and we had finished on target. So we stopped for an hour or so and collected some more money from the local pubs, then returned back to Plymouth. Not exhausted, but stinging from the cuts and scratches I’d taken on my right arm.
ONE DAY DOWN! …9 to go.
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