We set out from Denver on the tour we had all been waiting for since the last parks were all torn down. We were about to experience the good life. A weekend filled
with the newest in high technology concrete jungle construction. All over Colorado, skateparks of immense size and perfection are being constructed.
Our first stop on the tour was Montrose on the western edge of Colorado. Why this park was built so far away from civilization is beyond me. Maybe its the die-hard locals who
refuse to go unnoticed. Unlike some other cities which shall remain nameless. We arrived shortly after sunset and were just planning on camping since there was no moon
or lights to night skate by at the park. We still wanted to see this marvel of construction so we swung by.
Charlie was instantly drawn to the gigantic 15,000 sq. ft. park. Too bad
it was too dark to get any footage because the session that issued was an all out blind, if you can feel it, pump it, rip fiesta.
The next morning didn't come soon enough for Charlie
who busted out the bowie knife for the best Bowie knife Bennyhana out of the bowl corner to the 8ft tall roll in on the South side of the park.
On to Salida. This park is more of the traditional in-
ground swimming pool type. It has three sections. 4, 6, and 9 foot cloverleaf's make up this beautiful ode to the old school. This handplant is an able salute to our history. Oh
yeah, The mayor of Salida broke his hip in the deep end. At least he tried.
P.M. Day 2
We got out of Salida just after the rain started to fall,
hard. All of us were hungry after four hours of skating in the 95 degree heat. The session was good the dip in the Arkansas River was... let's say invigorating. This was no small river, it was flowing pretty fast and yours truly got caught in a little bit of a heavy
current. It felt like I was swimming in an avalanche. The water was only about 45 degrees. Your body starts to go into hypothermia and your arms become sluggish. Luckily I
was warmed up enough from skating to swim out of the current. But on to the Silverthorne Skate park in you guessed it, Silverthorne. This park just officially opened on
September 18, 1999. It is the best park I have ever ridden. The layout is so perfect that even your mom could keep her speed in this place. The potential for some of the crazy shit is going to
make you want to live in ``Summit" too. I still haven't examined this park with the fine tooth comb. I know that this place will bring hours and hours
of pleasure to anyone who wants to shovel the damn thing out after the snow starts to fly.