Wednesday, March 21, 2007


In Riga, for about $90 USD (a disproportionate share of this fee went to our hostel)you can go bobsledding in the nearby town of Sigulda. You're accompanied by a member of the Latvian National Team, who actually knows how to drive. I think the track was built as a practice site for the USSR team.

Sara and I piled in together. No directions. No instructions. No legal release forms to sign. No questionnaire about a history of neck or back problems. Just helmets for each of us, and a word from the driver, "Don't hit me with your helmet when we go down".

It was very fast. I tried to guess when curves were coming so I could shift weight with our driver. Mostly, I did not succeed. Somehow, I didn't realize when I watched bobsledding on TV, how strong the G forces actually were. If you weren't careful, your head jerked around all over the place. It was amazing.


Blogger Heather and Iona said...

That is soooo awesome!!! What an experience!

4:29 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

....I think I might be jealous now. Are those BMW helmets?

4:22 PM  

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