Xooter Mg Scooter – 2nd Ride on the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

Today the weather was 20 degrees cooler at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.33 Celsius), so physical exertion was less exhausting. Although the wind was still strong at 18 mph (28.97 km/h), the ride was much easier.

When I last rode the Xooter scooter, I had the handlebars set to just above my belly-button. Today I tried setting them an inch or so below, and this made both steering and riding easier.

I also wore some fingerless gloves made for weight-lifters. These had a wrist-wrap, and this seemed to absorb much of the shock coming through the steering column.

During the ride, I practiced switching feet without stopping the scooter. This was a little difficult, but was becoming easier by the end of my journey.

I discovered that I got a longer glide if I stood up straight, with elbows in and belly arching forward slightly. Basically, the ride was easier when I became a post. If I leaned a little too far forward or backward, tension in my arms, legs, or abdomen told me to correct.

Whenever I got tired, I hopped off and walked for a bit. Today I tracked my overall mileage with a cell-phone app called Vima Walk, and my steps with a pedometer app. These are the results.

Total Distance 7.23 miles (11.64 km); Total Time 1 hr 46 min

Scooter Portion of the Ride
Distance: 5.84 miles (9.40 km)
Pace:  9.76 minutes per mile (1.61 km)
     (3.69x faster than walking)
Total time:  57 minutes

Portion Walked
Distance:  1.39 miles (2.24 km) – 19.23% of the total mileage
Pace:  36 minutes per mile (1.61 km)
(Apparently I walk slowly, since 20 minutes per mile is considered average.)
Total time:  49 minutes

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Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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