When most people think of a road trip, they think about being in a car all day long with only a few stops to urinate at the occasional rest stop. I was one of those people until after this trip. After being crammed in a van with five other people, one of them being Big Spence, it really wasn't that bad at all. We passed through a lot of cool places in this country that none of us had been to before and saw some serious beauty in every place we went.
It pretty much just started with a phone call I made to Andrew Adams and the rest of the Shred Town crew suggesting we do a road trip and just winch anything and everything in between Texas and Florida. They were all down 100%...until they realized that they had school. Haha. After the school dilemma passed, we were down to only two Shred Town members, Andrew Adams and Chris Abadie. No big deal though 'cause we already had AJ Racinelli coming in from California along with Bob Sichel and photographer Spencer Smith coming from Florida. After countless hours on Google Earth and Internet surfing, we found enough spots to fill up all our time on the road.
The trip started off at the Austin, Texas airport where most of us flew into. Straight from there we drove to our first spot. Andrew and Chris have known of this spot and hit it once before. The spot was a huge fountain with concrete ledges in the middle of a huge outdoor mall parking lot. The place was sick! You could pretty much slide the ledges from wherever you want and it just gave off an epic view for the camera. After riding for only 15 or 20 minutes, a couple of our buddies from the local police station told us to get out. At least they were kind of cool about it though.
So from there we decided to get a hotel room so we could hit our next spot down the road in the morning. This wasn't any ordinary hotel trip though. Everybody but Spence was basically too cheap to get more than one hotel room...with wooden floors. Only two of us could share the open bed since Spence gets his own bed, so we all picked a number between 1 and 50 and it was Andrew and I that lost the guessing game and had to sleep on the hardwood floor while Bob and Chris slept nice and comfortable together in a bed with sheets and stuff. Luckily, AJ had a friend of his who lived nearby, so he got to crash on something other than a hardwood floor...that lucky duck.
By the time morning came we all decided to just be kind of slow and take the morning easy since the next spot was only 10 miles away. After what soon became a routine McDonald's trip, we met back up with AJ and headed to our next spot. I was really exited about this one cause it was a waterfall drop with a concrete wall ride on the way down. I had seen pictures of it and always wanted to hit something like it.
When we got to the spot, all you had to do was walk the winch on to a bridge, post it up and walk the handle over. Easy enough until the winch wouldn't start. We ran it over to a local
lawnmower joint and they fixed it right away, so we only ended up losing just over an hour. As soon as we started to session the wall, Chris absolutely destroyed it with a huge front 180 on the very first hit. Everyone was pretty much pumped at that point and couldn't wait to hit it. Unfortunately, Bob and I didn't very good first hits 'cause we decided to edge at it like mad men instead of riding along with it and edging around some pipes that were on the wall. However, we got it eventually and we all ended up shredding on it pretty hard.
As the sun went down, we got on the road for our next nightspot over in Houston. We decided on this trip that we wanted to hit a lot of big fountains or anything like it that are just in the middle of cities. What business would think to hire a security guard for a fountain, right? Well, none of the businesses around our spot in Houston at least and that's all that mattered. After our night ride in Houston, we stayed at the house of friends of Andrew and Chris for the night to recharge our bodies and get ready for our long drive to Alabama to meet up with wakeskater/life-liver, Kyle Walton.
Once we got on the road it took us maybe an hour before we started craving to ride so bad that we had to stop somewhere. Chris knew of a rail park/boat lake near the border of Texas and Louisiana called SetX Lake. Just so happened we were only five minutes away from it when we made our decision to go there. I don't think we could have timed it any better since we pulled up and one of the employees, Elliot Dollar, was just opening the gate. He welcomed us with open arms and basically let us go wild there. Unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of light on our side, so we were unable to get a lot of video footage, but we did set up some flashes with Spence and got a bunch of dope night shots on their huge roof top rail. Big thanks to Elliot for hooking us up there. We really enjoyed ourselves.
Back on the road again to finish our quest for Alabama. Our initial plan was to go to New Orleans that night because at midnight Andrew turned 21. Instead, we continued on and decided to just do a gas station mini-beers toast and pick back up the next night since it would still be his birthday.
We finally got to Alabama around 4:00 AM where we got to crash for the remainder of the night at AJ's buddy's house. As expected, we got a slow start again in the morning and headed to Montgomery to meet up with Walton to hit a couple spots. Walton took us to a cool brick wall drop that we got kicked out of real fast, but down the road he took us to a
different drop that had such a cool vibe to it! We seriously felt like we were in Ireland or something 'cause it looked like a castle bridge off in the background. Kyle Walton and his friend Sawyer seriously hooked it up for us big time in Alabama with spots 'cause for the next few days they took us to three other places within a half of their house, one of them being the giant grass gap that Andrew and I hit at the end of the video.
By the time we finished the grass gap, we came to the realization that we had to be in Orlando the next day and we were still in Alabama. We pretty much started kicking it into high gear by driving straight to Birmingham where Spence had to catch a flight and we had to hit up the last spot of our trip. It was a sick 8- to 10-foot waterfall drop with a nice long landing and nothing too sketchy to worry about. We didn't really have too long or too much time to spend there, but we pretty much got the job done by
landing a few tricks, having a few laughs, and taking in the beautiful Alabama scenery with time to spare for our drive back to Orlando.
All in all the trip was a great success photo-wise, video-wise and fun-wise. Everyone got along really well and we all made a lot of memories together. We have even talked a little about doing something like this again in the near future, but I think you guys will have to just wait and see about that one. Build the suspense up a bit, you know? Until then, we have a bunch of spots to do in Orlando, so I'm sure we will be checking back in soon.
Music is "Show Me" by Mint Royale and "Mistadobalina" by Del, Tha Funkee Homosapian.