It's not what you see, it's how you see it
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:30:00 GMT —
There are a lot of really cool things to do here in the Tri-States and for some, you only have to travel just a little bit. When you do ... you'll find it's usually worth it.
KHQA found a cool thing to see just up the road in the Quad Cities for this Points of Interest report.
This stop takes us to Davenport, Iowa ... it's about three hours from Quincy. You get a nice little tour of the city and even if you're not familiar with Davenport's history, it's still something to check out. If you do it this way, by the time the tour is over, you'll be asking yourself when is the last time I had so much fun on two wheels?
"It's all electronic, there's no motor in it. It's all controlled with hydroscopes, magnets, batteries, and computer chips," IA Segway's General Manager Cole Chaplain said.
"We are here to take a Segway tour of the riverfront," tourist Holly Merryman said.
Merryman came to Davenport from Burlington, Iowa specifically to ride the Segway, and she's glad she did.
'It's fun to ride along the riverfront and see things in a different way. You get to be outside," Merryman added.
And Merryman isn't alone.
"About half of the people that come, just want to ride a Segway. They don't really want to hear the history," Chaplain said.
How experienced do you have to be to take this tour?
"You don't have to have any experience at all. I deal with people who have never ridden on a Segway on a daily basis," Chaplain assured.
It really is easy to learn. In about two minutes, I had this thing down pat. And once you get on, your really don't want to get off.
Chaplain says each person learns at their own rate, but honestly, two to three minutes tops, and most people are ready to go.
"They balance you," Chaplain explained. "The hardest part is figuring out your feet when to go forward and backward."
There are one hour and two hour tours of downtown Davenport. Plop down $30.00 for an hour, or $55.00 for two. IA Segway also offers group discounts. There are eight Segways that can go on the tour, Chaplain says he likes to book tours of seven so he can ride a Segway, but he will gladly ride a bike if there's an eighth person to go.
"They are very safe. It's not like riding a bike or anything like that. It's a totally different concept. Once you figure out the way it works, everything kind of falls into place," Chaplain said.
There are rules to riding the Segways. You can't be under 14-years-old and you have to weigh at least 100 pounds, but no more than 300.