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Skate Report Wed 27 November 2002 It was the third Wednesday night in a row since the Biggest City Skate EVER! that the drought threatened to break and spoil our skate. We even had to use the windscreen wipers on our way into the City.

Still not to be deterred 10 hardy souls came in for a skate.

Bill suggested we keep to the laneways and move towards The Rocks so off we went down the smooth path to the Conservatorium. We crossed Macquarie St and had to wait as everyone caught up before we ducked into the laneway behind Customs House. A short run uphill bought us to the Basement laneway and then out on to George St. In the Rocks we searched for some little laneways we had found before that bought us out to some steps that took us to York St. We were right near the tunnel that lead to the Bridge but we decided that rain was too close to do a run over here so we headed to the Ski Hill instead. Just as we were heading down the ski hill it started to lightly rain which made the corner at the bottom a bit sketchy.

Back at the top of the steps Bill decided to head back to the car because of the rain and took off. We chased him hoping to get some runs through some covered paths but there was no stopping him. Crossing through the York St underpass the pavers were so slippery we had a couple of tumbles before we got back out onto York St. We finally caught up to Bill at Hyde Park where the rain had stopped. We decided to continue and skated through Hyde Park doing a David Zig-Zag thing before we popped out at Oxford St. Here we went around the back to the Police Centre and Ben showed us a new run down to Wentworth St. We went down here to Elizabeth St and stopped at the RTA building for the wheelchair access ramp. Expecting that to be wet we were cautious on this notorious slippery run but all was dry.

Ben took us up a couple of back streets to Devonshire St and then Foveaux St where Bill told us of another street that ran parallel to Foveaux, so always looking for something different we skated across to Albion St. I'm still not sure about this run because we had the misfortune of having a heap of traffic come up the hill towards us (I think I'll stick to the Taxis in Foveaux).

Back at the bottom we went into Central Tunnel, had a couple of rides on the stairs and then took off out to the Darling Harbour Car Park. We had a few runs through here, around to the left, figure eight and then a rolling start. This was where I led Steve astray again and we went the wrong way following shadows around the back of the Convention Centre and when we realised our mistake had to push through Darling Harbour pretty quickly to catch up at Pyrmont Bridge.

Once over the bridge we headed for the alternate route to the top of the Casino Hill through the Casino Bus entrance and around to the steps that lead us back to the pub on the corner of Harris St. It was a quick run down here and straight back over Pyrmont Bridge to the ramp around to the steps leading to the Cargo Bar. The paving outside the Cargo Bar was really slippery and we had more than one fall just outside before we stopped for a cleansing drink.

Somewhere in amongst this we got a few runs through the Hilton. This was the last time as the Hilton has now closed so if you missed out on skating through here you missed some of the smoothest skating in Sydney. Vale Hilton.

It turned out to be a great nights skate when earlier on it looked doomed as the rain came down. I hope everyone reading this is a bit jealous that you missed out on a fun skate.

Next week is the last Virgin Skate for 2002 ! Wow, where did that go ? Hope to see many of you there (it is also Helen's Birthday and she nearly didn't make it thanks to me).

I would like to issue a challenge here and ask "Blue Helmet" to come along and then write another of his great skate reports just for old times s
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