Recap: 2017 Road Trip

Some of the boys. Davenport. Photo: Ford.
Some of the boys. Davenport. Photo: Ford. (Click to enlarge)

Words by Bruce J. Bales
Edit by Logan Clark
Photos by Nick Ford, Logan Clark, and Bruce J. Bales

For the last six years, a group of Iowans have set out on the road to discover more about their state while rollerblading small town skateparks and spots. Each year brings challenges, experience, and excitement. 2017′s road trip was no different. The difference this year was that the trip was a true getaway for almost everyone. With our increasing ages come increasing responsibilities, and most of us in attendance just felt the need to session with our friends. That desire was the unifying factor. Thus, the 2017 road trip was an extremely enjoyable one. There was no stress, no negativity, only love and rollerblading.

Spencer Smith. Alley-oop unity. Des Moines. Photo: Clark.
Spencer Smith. Alley-oop unity. Des Moines. Photo: Clark. (Click to enlarge)

Mount Vernon sesh. Mount Vernon. Photo: Bales.
Logan Clark. Toe stall. Mount Vernon. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Logan Clark. Toe stall. Mount Vernon. Photo: Bales.
Logan Clark. Toe stall. Mount Vernon. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Chris Watts. Cut up. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales.
Chris Watts. Cut up. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Chris Watts. Alley-oop soul. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales.
Chris Watts. Alley-oop soul. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Logan Clark. Soul to drop in. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales.
Logan Clark. Soul to drop in. Cedar Rapids. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Logan Clark. Fastplant to alley-oop makio to alley-oop fishbrain. Iowa City. Photo: Ford.
Logan Clark. Fastplant to alley-oop makio to alley-oop fishbrain. Iowa City. Photo: Ford. (Click to enlarge)

Logan Clark. Soul to 180 Lu Kang. Davenport. Photo: Ford.
Logan Clark. Soul to 180 Lu Kang. Davenport. Photo: Ford. (Click to enlarge)

Chris Watts. Soul to topside soul to 180. Davenport. Photo: Ford.
Chris Watts. Soul to topside soul to 180. Davenport. Photo: Ford. (Click to enlarge)

Logan Clark. Backside royale to drop truespin soul. Davenport. Photo: Ford.
Logan Clark. Backside royale to drop truespin soul. Davenport. Photo: Ford. (Click to enlarge)


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