Day 6: Courtyard Inn Columbia, MO to Westin Mt. Laurel, NJ 1,016 miles
So I went to bed on the bus this morning at 3:00 am. Tyson and I had decided to take shifts to help MoDaddy get through the long drive. I don’t know if you have read the title of this day or checked out the miles we drove but it is amazing. 1,016 miles. We had an event at 2:00pm at FDR the next day so we had to drive straight from Missouri to New Jersey. We had to stop for gas once. Other that that, we drove non stop. That was the gnarliest drive I have ever been on. MoDaddy got us there safe and on time. As we pulled into New Jersey on our way to Philly it started to rain. Not good if we are going to have a demo. After taking a look at FDR skate park we decided we wouldn’t be able to ride in those conditions. Most everyone on the trip was down to have an off day. So we went back to the rooms and all took a much-needed nap. MoDaddy wasn’t seen till the next day. Which was good. He is the heartbeat of this tour. Without him we would be in big trouble. The group grabbed dinner in the down stairs restaurant and it was off to bed for another drive to New York. See you tomorrow.
Day 7: Westin Mt. Laurel NJ to Affina Hotel New York, NY miles traveled 83.5
We left rainy New Jersey for the big apple. I was really excited for this part of the trip because I have never been to New York. The drive was a nice short one. With the RV we left earlier than the rest of the crew cause we couldn’t take the tunnel into the city. MoDaddy is a champion driving that thing. New York as must of you know as the worst traffic in the USA. It’s bumper to bumper with crazy taxi drivers and pedestrians galore. MoDaddy made it over the Brooklyn Bridge by inches. Seriously, check out the photo. It was sketchy. We arrived at our next stop, which was the Manhattan project. This is a skate park under the Manhattan Bridge. This skate park had been directly affected by Tony. His foundation, which is called the Stand Up For Skateparks, was the sole provider of money for the park. MoDaddy was able to double-park some how on the side of the street in front of the park. If you know NY you know this is quite a task. We never had a problem and the demo went off. There was a bunch of kids the guys were killing it. Ghost (Durrell Burdete) and Riley were my MVPs of the demo. After signing some autographs at the park we were off to hotel to check in. After that we were off to the Quiksilver store in Soho for a private party for the skate team, key retailers, and skate kids that happened to be lucky enough to walk by. The party went off. Good food, good music, and plenty of good people. Tony played his ride game at the store. He is really good at the game. The guys also got to shop at the store and grab stuff they may have forgotten at home. The weather is rather cold so most of them grabbed jackets. Kevin Stab was able to get some bright colored socks and was stoked. After that it was off to dinner. It ended up getting pretty late for dinner so we were running out of choices. After running around a couple blocks of the city we found a great Thai food restaurant and the food was great. Once we were full we decided to hop some trains and go to a bar called the Max Fish. This is a great skate bar on the lower eastside. We met up with Quiksilver staff skate photographer Mike O’Meally. Had a couple drinks with him and a couple birdhouse guys. John Rob is all time. We had an 09 joke going that was one those you have to be there to understand. Basically everything we said had an 09 after it. After that it was off to bed. Check you tomorrow for a day in the big apple with me as your host.
Day 8: Affina Hotel New York, NY to Affina Hotel New York, NY miles traveled
Today was an off day for most of the crew. The birdhouse skate team went and skated a secret park. I later met up with Kevin and got the down low on the park. Turns out the park was concrete laid on foam. The concrete has a tiny amount of flex. He said it was the best bowl he has skated in a long time. He also said it was unexplainable. So I went to the Quik stores and took some photos of my walk around the city of NY. A little tip for NY, if you go to Carnegie Deli bring cash. Also don’t order the Woody Allen. I ordered it and it was a 8 inch thick sandwich. All meat on two small pieces of bread. Impossible to eat. After all that, I found out that you had to pay with cash. I had none. So I left my camera behind as collateral and went on a mission to find an atm. Long story short the people of NY are true & have mad respect! Leave a camera behind as collateral and come back & it’s still there?!!! That’s true people! Love you AR for kicking me on to that spot! Next time, I’ll be smarter & know that those ancient gems take cash only… Lessons from the road… Below is my adventure.