the south, and heading east… approximately 96 hours from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh driving solo. This was the last leg to finish up a month long skate trip and mental head cleaning. Big Sky country and the Northwest in general have some great parks. Down south though, skateboarding is mainly a non-summer endeavor,(at least in the day light hours) leaving 9 months to shred. Most every town has some sort of slab, park, or D.I.Y. spot if not a gnarly street scene. Due to time scheduling, some of the skate stops where limited to just a parking lot or a gas station, however this trip numbered 47 states my board and I have visited. Some particularly amazing food was consumed and makes the route one I would love to trace again soon. The one thing that remains true; People come and go in this life but skateboards are forever.
First stop after leaving LA was Flagstaff. The Foxglenn Skatepark is a small detour off the highway. Super easy to cruise, some of the bars, rails and boxes are not thought out well. The park was over run with scooter nerds. Over all though easy lines with a good mix of banks and transitions.
Foxglenn Skatepark 4200 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Loving Vegan, 5109 Coors Blvd NE Ste E Albuquerque, NM 87120 lovingvegannm.com
Albuquerque Skatepark was a straight shot up Coors Blvd. The park is the biggest in the southwest according to the Albuquerque Parks department. It certainly is expansive and features an 11 ft bowl with full pipe. Though not well kept as I hit some asphalt loose cement fragments twice and took some gnarly hits.
Beware, the park closes at 10pm with no warning. The lights turn off at 10:04pm If you think the lights are bright in my pictures thats because they are. When they flick off it is as starkly black and dangerous. I was heading to a medium sized bank full speed when the lights went out. SCARY!
If you find yourself in Henderson Texas, I’m sorry. Next time I’m anywhere close to Dallas I’ll bring a jackhammer to kill this abortion of a park. This spot is the Disneyfied version of ditch skating.
(stay clear of) Fair Park Ave. and E. Ragley St Henderson TX 75654
Pleasure St and Paris Ave. DIY PARK under Highway 610
Louisville Extreme Park 531 Franklin Street Louisville, Kentucky
A big thanks to everyone I stayed with, ate with, or skated with on this trip. Tom and Alyssa, Michelle and Brad, Christine and Kristopher, Alison, Jimmy, Eliot, Doctor Astronaut (Mutt of the Future), Rachel and Rachel’s Mom, Anti-Social Skateboard, Mike and Kelly, Becca, Juliet, Pizzolo, Sean, Miranda, and Claire. You people make everyday worth it.