So, I did take your advice and decided to throw caution to the wind (and bank account) and I rode a segwayfor 2.5 hours. I tried to go on the morning segway tour, but it was full, so I came back in the afternoon and I was the only one on the tour. This was nice as I only had to worry about running into one other segway rider (my guide, Povel).
It is really odd to ride a segway at first. When you first get on, it seems difficult not to just lurch backwards and forwards in trying to balance the way you are used to. Leaning forward makes the segway go forwards and leaning backwards makes the segway go backwards. There is also a little turn handle on the left side that will spin you on a dime, so to speak. Don’t turn quickly while you are moving or the centrifugal force will throw you off the segway.
After about an hour, it seemed really natural to balance on the segway and I found I was no longer concentrating really hard on it. We got lots of strange looks from pedestrians, and you’ll all be pleased to know that I did not run over anyone’s toes or small dogs. And, I did not get any speeding tickets. Perhaps I should buy a segway and use it to travel to and from work?