Route 10sk8

By:  Greg
September 26, 2011

And now for a reminder on how life works. In case you missed it. In all honesty it’s not too complicated, but that’s not to say it’s easy. You see, the first thing you need to know is that you need to go to some place (usually a building, but sometimes it’s outside too) five sevenths of the week. It’s usually not that nice of a place, but in these modern times it’s almost always at least clean. When you get to this place on one of the prescribed five sevenths of the week, you do things you probably wouldn’t do if it were entirely up to you. But it’s not. You see, the reason you do these things at this place is that you get these numbers at the end of the week. A lot of these numbers you put in envelopes or emails or websites and send to Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, or some place similar, because you still have to pay for that party you went to for 4 or 6 or more (or less) years. You might also be paying for the box that sits in your living room and lights up in certain patterns depending on what time of day it is. If you’re lucky though, after you send a lot of numbers to Wilkes-Barre, you have a few numbers left. These are the numbers that you take to another place two sevenths of the week, and trade for something fun. Got it? No?

Ok. Here’s an example: Every day Christian drives to a factory where they freeze expensive stuff for children. But then each Friday the freezing factory gives him some numbers regardless of how much he froze. Usually almost all of the numbers go to Wilkes-Barre, but earlier this summer, he realized he had a few extras, so he went to the box that lights up in his living room, and got it to show the right light patterns so that it would take some numbers. Then a week later the box that lights up made a big box that doesn’t light up show up on his doorstep. There was a piece of wood, two pieces of metal and four round things in the box. He put the wood and metal and round things together into a single contraption. It looked kinda like this:
wood and metal and round things

Then he took the contraption up on a hill. Then he smiled. Make sense now?
a hill that made us smile

He started out on small hills going slow, and then quickly realized the faster he went, the bigger he smiled.
bigger hills

Which is not to say that he didn’t have fun going to Craftsbury though.
Craftsbury skating

But the real reason he traded his numbers for the wood, metal and round thing contraption was to smile while soaring down the numbered road in town. The number is just a bit more than one hundred. We called it “one oh skate.” It’s fast. It twists and turns. It’s paved with powv-ment. It makes us smile.
riding up 10sk8

It makes us smile A LOT.
smiling on 10sk8

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  1. Roger Kappe
    wrote on September 26th, 2011 at 9:28 pm  

    Siiickk… Haven’t ridden 108 yet but now i definitely need to. Thinking snow.

  2. robrox
    wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 5:38 am  


    nice round number


    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

      :D round indeed!

  3. Bill
    wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 6:17 am  

    ye olde curmudgeon looks oftly happy this summer, perhaps the cold makes him grumpy

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:00 pm  

      i think you’re right bill! I heard he’s moving to Florida where the pavement is great and the pow is non existent!

  4. powhounddd
    wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm  

    Yes!! I traded some numbers for some roundy thingers that are in the mail right now. Oddly, they are also purple. They will make fastgoing all the better, oh so soonly. Stoke on.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:01 pm  

      SICK! come down to Northern VT and shred with us ANYTIME. we’re not very good, but we smile alot :D

  5. Im_a_crappy_skier
    wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 8:19 pm  

    Not that I’m complaining, but how did all the bikini links end up at the end of a skate board story? Nice pics, Tony Alva would approve (showing my age…)

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:01 pm  

      wow that’s QUITE the approval. We’re just happy with the approval of our readers.

      Bikini links… first rule about them.. don’t ask about them ;)

  6. bushman
    wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 10:46 pm  

    Looking back into the Notch the right side is where we got lost about 1980 (yeah, before your time)and yours truly, as the fearless (and brainless) leader, was told to jog down Spruce Peak and back up to the lime green Fiesta at the Notch, and then buy beers as punishment for causing panic in the troops. Great hike, though, a little snow up top for early October. won’t be long. great pics and vid clip.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:03 pm  

      love your tales Bushman! Keep sharing them! If you ever want to post a “TR from the Archive” to FIS, we’d be glad to consider it. Especially if it’s got any old pics, that’d be AWESOME.

      email me through my profile if you want to chat. THanks for reading!

  7. surf88
    wrote on September 29th, 2011 at 11:09 pm  

    Love that last shot.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:03 pm  

      Thanks dude! See u out on the big hill soon hopefully!

  8. Josh A
    wrote on September 30th, 2011 at 5:22 pm  

    that looks fun!

    you dudes ever try one of these?

    • Greg
      wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 12:06 pm  

      no we haven’t yet… but i’m thinking about getting either that, or a mountainboard (like a mountain bike, but a skateboard… good for going down trails… has a brake [so it’s cheating XD], etc…) next summer.

      i’d love to take this type of summer board sport out onto all our grassy slopes! why not?!

  9. December
    wrote on October 12th, 2011 at 10:04 pm  

    Great post….Photos have a great ‘feel’ stuff

    • Greg
      wrote on October 16th, 2011 at 9:03 am  

      thanks. yeah i agree. there isn’t a whole lot of meat in roaming around and rolling down some pavement for a “TR”-proper, so had to really aim for the “feel” of it instead. glad it worked for you

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