Ronan, Theresa, Roland, and Ryan, Segway in St. Lucia

This is How We Roll – Lucian Style! (by Ryan)

Capt. Randy on the bow, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Capt. Randy, arm in a sling,  on the bow, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Two weeks post-rotator cuff surgery and the Captain seems to be recovering nicely. Tethered to an ice machine, watching the sun set over Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, is not a terrible way to navigate the post-op rehabilitation process. The hardest part has been keeping the arm immobilized. Anyone with a boat knows that there is always some project that needs to be attended to. Luckily, we have a capable crew willing to take care of, or assist with those never-ending projects. Mom, Ronan and I are becoming ever more familiar with the engine room and various boat systems!

SEGWAY

Roland and Ryan, Segway training in St. Lucia

Roland and Ryan, Segway training in St. Lucia

In the meantime, with the Captain resting and recovering on the boat, Mom, Ronan, and I decided to take a field trip to explore more of the beauty that St. Lucia has to offer. Friends of ours, Rita and Ralph off S/V Calypso, suggested a Segway Tour that sets out from Rodney Bay (http://lucianstyle.com/featured-tours). Just a short walk from the marina, we mounted the Segways and received initial maneuverability instructions. Having never ridden a Segway before, the motion control was initially unfamiliar. After a few minutes of practice, circling around the practice track, we all seemed to get the hang of it and set off!

Roland, Ronan and Ryan, Segway in St. Lucia

Roland, Ronan and Ryan, Segway in St. Lucia

We rode along the well-maintained nature trails on Mount Pimard until we arrived at our first stop where our guide, Roland, let us smell the spice of Bay leaf off of a local tree. He also put flowers in all the ladies’ helmets. Next, we stopped at Pebble’s Point looking across Rodney Bay. Roland explained some of the island’s history while his assistant took our Segways out of beginner’s mode and switched them into advanced mode.

Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Rita, Ryan, Roland, Ronan and Ralph, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

In advance mode, at a top speed of 14 mph, we kept gliding along the trails (built by the U.S. military during WWII) and stopped to check out a WWII bunker 30 feet underground.

We then proceeded to fly on a straight away dirt trail at about a 40o angle as fast as the Segways could go! We got to an opening with spectacular views!

 

Rita, Ralph, Ryan, Ronan, Theresa and Roland, Segway in St. Lucia

Rita, Ralph, Ryan, Ronan, Theresa and Roland, Segway in St. Lucia

Ronan, Ryan, Theresa, Ralph and Rita, Segway in St. Lucia

Ronan, Ryan, Theresa, Ralph and Rita, Segway in St. Lucia

Ronan and Ryan, St. Lucia

Ronan and Ryan, St. Lucia

Although not mentioned in the Segway tour brochure, we took a small hike up to a pond. We fed bread to the fish and then came back for Roland’s surprise! Just in case anyone reading this decides to do the tour I will not tell you the surprise. You will just have to find out for yourself! Hint: it came out of a WWII bunker and it was not dust. After that we flew back down the hill and visited yet another spectacular view point. It overlooked Rodney bay and you could see Pigeon island in the background.

It was literally all downhill (the trails) after that. We next visited the South end of Reduit Beach and got sodas at a beach front restaurant.

In the end, we did a victory lap and then returned to the track. We all got official Gliders Licenses for mastering the skill of gliding on a Segway X2. With the license if (probably when) you decide to do this 5-star tour again they put you in advanced mode from the beginning. By far this is the best tour I have taken in the Caribbean! We are hoping to do this tour again, but with the Captain when his arm is better, so he can enjoy this excellent tour as well!

VIDEOS

Click image below for GoPro video of our Segway adventures.

11 thoughts on “This is How We Roll – Lucian Style! (by Ryan)

  1. Dee and Bob Coan

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Randy!
    Nicely written update, Ryan! By the time this trip is behind you, you will be ready to publish a book about your adventures. 🛥
    Safe travels,
    Dee and Bob

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  2. Paulette Lee

    Hi Ryan… Another nicely written newsletter!!! Happy you all had such a fun experience together… and hoping that Randy’s recovery is coming along well!!! We’re hoping to see you all when we head south later this Spring! Meanwhile… continue enjoying St. Lucia!!! Hugs to you all, Paulette

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    1. Sylvia Steeves

      More wonderful adventures!! I love how well you boys are able to describe them! You are living a fabulous adventure, and one you will never forget! Lucky you!!!

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  3. Cheryl Carter

    Wow, I’m so glad you are finding new and exciting things to do during Randy’s recovery. The tour sounds like fun. Can you send me info on how to arrange a tour? We might be back in SL in April. Great post and pics.

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  4. patti gragg

    Wow! Your adventure sounds like so much fun! Glad you are all having such a good time, and that Randy is on the road to recovery! By the way,Ryan, you did an excellent job describing your adventure. Enjoyed reading your post and seeing your pics. Thanks for sharing.
    Love, Aunt Patti

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  5. Vanessa

    Hey Ryannnnnnnnnnnnn………..nice to see you are still having fun in our lil paradise the Caribbean…………loads of love from grenada yacht club…….I have posted some pics from sailing on our FBpage……..give Ronan & your mom my regards…….Vanessa

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    1. Ryan Post author

      Thank you! We looked at your pictures and think that they are GREAT. We had a ton of fun and learned a lot at the Grenada Yacht Club! Are you doing sailing camp again this summer? Ryan

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