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Inline Skating Down the Perth Hill's Zig Zag Scenic Skateway

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by MonkeyBoy (subscribe)
Artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, poet, writer, photographer, dreamer
Published November 3rd 2014
One man's journey downhill with eight wheels on his feet
Zig Zag Scenic Skateway, Perth Hills, Inline Skating Dowhill, Rollerblading
DISCLAIMER: I do not take any responsibility for anyone who decides to skate and injures themselves or dies. You do so at your own risk! Please use your common sense before acting on what you read here. I suggest that you always wear protective equipment when skating.

The once known as 'Zig Zag Scenic Driveway' is now known in my mind as the 'Zig Zag Scenic Skateway', as it is perfect for downhill skating of any kind.

Zig Zag Scenic Skateway, Perth Hills
The Perth Hills - looking up!

My choice of rolling device is the inline skate, or as some people still refer to it, the rollerblade. A bit like skiing but without the snow; blading, skating or inlining down the Zig Zag Scenic Skateway makes my heart beat quicken, as I enter another faster, shimmery dimension where the bush, people and parked cars whizz past me.

Let Cars Pass
It would be wise to pull over and stop to allow cars and other faster bigger road users pass you.

I am torn between staring; gobsmacked at the wonderful views around me; and at the floor metres in front of me to ensure that I don't accidentally roll over any nasty cracks or rocks that may cast me to my doom over the side of the road and into kangaroo rich bush land.

The Aftermath: New Skate Wheels Needed
The Aftermath: Torn Wheels

Juggling between these states of awareness, the Zig Zag route in the Perth Hills is ideal for skaters of all kinds, joggers, walkers, bikers, and any other form of land fitness pursuits that can tackle hills (uphill and down). Just please be careful. Try not to fall off the edges when taking the sharp downhill corners (I refer you to the disclaimer above)!

Speed Skating Downhill - Tuck in and stay low!
Speed Skating Downhill - Tuck in and stay low!

Fortunately in my recent efforts I have been accompanied by a very kind and beautiful driver who has allowed me to enjoy the fast downhill skate without the oft tedious and tiring uphill trudge to account for.

the beginning - at the top of the hill
The beginning - at the top of the hill

She also skates, but on a snowboard like freestyle skateboard that glides her downhill with ease, especially when the wind's behind.

Zig Zag Scenic Skateway, Perth Hills, Inline Skating Dowhill, Rollerblading
Downhill Inline Skating is a fun way of keeping fit

For a less wordy and more visually interactive insight into skating down the Perth Hills, have a look at the video below.

Now, take your stupid shoes off and get some skates on!
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Why? For Fun and Fitness
When: Daytime unless you're a night rider
Where: The Zig Zag Scenic Skateway, Kalamunda, Perth Hills
Cost: FREE
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