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Skate Report Wed 25 Sep 2002 Skate Report Wed 25 September 2002

After a very warm day we thought there might be a few ready for a City Skate tonight but the group was smaller than usual. David decided his knee was too sore to skate so Bill took the mantle of leader tonight.

It was decided to go in a bit of a different way and try to skate our runs backwards (NO not skate backwards but in the order of the runs). First we skated up to Martin Place and the call was to skate the Hilton Arcade. The Hilton is due to close for extensive renovations soon so it was probably a good idea. Ben & I lagged behind for another run down the steps and then played catch up. We skated up Pitt St and had a run throught the Hilton but there were still no skaters in sight. Thanks for Mobiles because when we rang to find out where everyone was they had gone to Wynyard. We caught up at Wynyard and some had already had one run so we hot footed it through here to catch up.

From here we skated up to No 1 York St and around through the pedestrian underpass to Kent St. Here much discussion took place as to whether we go up to the ski hill or do the Orange light run. The Orange light won out and many took off a bit late for the green light at the bottom (I will also stand corrected here, you need to leave the top of the hill just after the light has changed to Orange not as it changes to Orange. Oh well, I had to brake a little at the bottom). From here we went down to the King Street Wharf where Georg met a colleague who runs the Cargo Bar and invited us in for a drink. It was too early to stop for a drink here but we were welcomed when we returned (a bit different to the reception we got at the Ship Inn). After here a quick stop for the stairs at the end of the wooden walkway and the we continued around to Pyrmont Bridge and across to the old Casino. A few people had some runs down the ramp then we regrouped at the roundabout opposite the Casino.

Taking Bill's "backward" route we skated back down to Pyrmont Point and using the steps we climbed up to the new, smooth road Ben & I checked out last week. Up at the top Bill thought rather than turn up John St to bring us to the top of the Casino run we should skate straight down Point St into Pyrmont St which brought us out at the back of the Casino. Then it was up Union St back to Harris St and the top again. I thought we should skate down the hilll that brings us out at the Anzac Bridge but was told there was some road works going on so we decided to skate down the dead end on some nice new smooth bitumen. Now was the time to go back for the Casino run. When we got to the shortcut steps at the bottom it was back up for another run down Point St but instead of going straight down we turned up John St to Harris St ready for another attack on the Casino Hill.

But it was not to be so. We skated right up Harris St to Broadway where we crossed the road to Railway Square & Central Tunnel. Here we were able to show those that skate straight through the tunnel the advantage of taking small detours by taking the jump & then the ramp into the tunnel. At the end we strayed the wrong way out into Thomas St before we did a u-turn and came back to the path with its nice slope and a couple of great sets of stairs that bought us out into Ultimo St. From here we went through Chinatown up Dixon St and down into Darling Harbour across the Liverpool St Overpass. Now that we had had a friendly invitation for drinks at the Cargo Bar all that remained was to skate around the water to the Cargo Bar.

Earlier in the evening many people asked me "Where are we going ? Where are we going to finish ?". If you have ever been on a City Skate you will know that City Skate has a mind of its own and we never stick to a predetermined route. Everywhere we go is a spur of the moment decision and if you have somewhere you would like to try & skate just speak up when you are at the front. I'm sure
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