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Skate Report Wed 12 June 2002 David said he was ready for an easy skate tonight so when he turned around and said Annandale via Foveaux St I was surprised but keen.

We headed off up Oxford St straight to Bourke St where anyone who wanted to wet their whistle had to jump as David was waiting for no one. Foveaux St was fairly busy this early in the night and I even ran into one of the Interior Designers from Changing Rooms, Location Location and other stupid lifestyle shows. He wanted to know what we were doing on the streets at this time of the night and when I offered him a sticker wasn't sure he should take it but take it he did and wished us well as we took off down Foveaux after the group.

Straight up to Central Tunnel where any thought of riding the steps and playing in the forecourt was blown away by the Security telling us to keep going. We did manage to get a run from the top of the escalator down the ramp but had to contend with the very slippery surface at the top. Everyone continued up Broadway towards Parramatta Rd and had a quick trip through Victoria Park and continued up a very rough footpath to Annandale.

We crossed Parramatta Rd at Johnston St and had a great quick run down to Rozelle Bay where we skated around The Crescent and James Craig Rd (where we detoured via the Marina to look at the rich kids playthings. One way in one way out) to Anzac Bridge.

Time for a little rest at the apex of the bridge (not for me though I was last, again) and then off for the fast run to Pyrmont. Coming from behind was a bit daunting as many had no idea what lay ahead so in my Human Slalom I kept telling anyone there was a runoff ramp at the end, but forgot to say it had a huge hairpin bend. This hairpin bend was a bit tricky as there was a bit of a gaggle of skaters as I came into it and nearly didn't take off enough speed to get around. At the end of the ramp while we were waiting to take a couple of jump photos the news came down of a crash at the last bend. We skated back up and found Helen had tried to use her chin to take a bit of speed off and instead bounced and stopped to bleed all over the ramp. Poor Tony had some part in this unorthodox stopping method but as he wasn't spraying the red stuff around seemed to fade into the background. We hope you are both well guys and will be back next week. I heard Helen got 2 stitches in her chin.

After everyone moved on a couple of us stayed to take some photos and then pushed off to catch up with the rest of the group who, as was the case tonight, kept skating. Up the steps to the top of Harris St for the quick run down to the Casino. Our run was nearly finished and as the steps back to the top of this hill are still closed a second run was not an option so we kept on up to the Casino. Ever since someone showed me the shortcut up to Pyrmont Bridge through the Light Rail Station I find it hard to go past here and tonight surprised a few who hadn't been through here before.

All that was left now was a quick skate across the bridge to the escalators where Ben put on one of his great technical stair rides to take us to the Pontoon Bar. Will was ready for an early night so it was a quick goodbye and back to our car to find Graham & Helen's car still there while she was getting sewn up at Sydney Hospital.

That was a good skate David and I'm glad you were ready for a quiet night. To Helen and Tony, heal quick and we hope to catch up this week. To everyone else I hope you had a good skate and don't forget if you have somewhere you would like to skate (to) let David know and we will see what sort of an idea it is before we shoot it down.

Don't forget the weather is slowly getting cooler and this is a great way to prepare yourself for the nice white stuff (that doesn't take skin off like the hard black stuff).

I just saw a photo from a while ago and noticed a lot of regular regulars who haven't been on a skate for a while
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