A couple of weekends back we all met up in Newcastle for a sesh and the usual question of “where should we go ride?” came up and as per usual people sometimes get a brain meltdown when this is asked. However based on a previous Throwback Thursday here on Street Phire I knew just the ticket. I’d been doing some research into a spot that I rode several years ago with Olly and had found that it still looked like it existed and as a bonus there was a new concrete park built just quarter of a mile away from it. So if all else failed we’d still have a new park to ride and hopefully we’d find some street too.
The destination was Blaydon, I found the nearest road that existed next to the old snake run and navigated the worst BMX driver in Newcastle (Pete G) through the narrow and windy streets of upper Blaydon until we got to somewhere that wasn’t brand new since last time I rode this spot. Worry set in as I thought that the new housing developments had engulfed our classic spot.. was Google maps out of date? Had the spot been buried for the rest of time? Luckily the answer was no, with a bit of help from the crow that flies north we remembered that it was just out of sight behind the houses.
The crew consisted of Olly Olsen, James Newrick, Pete Greaves, Sandy (with no bike due to a wrestling injury) and Loud Adrian. What was amazing to see is that since the photo I took of Olly back in 2006 the graffiti on the bowled bit of the run hadn’t changed one bit. In fact nothing about the whole place had really changed. If you ride a spot that get’s ridden often you normally see fresh tags and pieces weekly, this place had obviously not been touched much in the past six years!
We had such a rad time carving up the run, clicking tables, doing footplants, boosting out the launcher and performing various other stuntage. It’s definitely going to be hit up again soon if this Spring of ours ever starts, just keeping my fingers crossed that it’s around long enough to see it in.