by Austin

January 23, 2011

January 21st, 2011

Total Distance for today: 0 miles
Total Distance for Tour: approx. 718 miles
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
STATUS: Getting some much needed R&R


I’m spending the day recovering and hanging out with my new friend and fellow Kettering alum, Jason. Jason took me into his home and also took me over to his parents home for a great dinner and some good story-telling and laughs. 🙂

Good Old Kettering Ingenuity

I tried and tried to find a place to purchase a new brake for my skates today but to no avail. Fortunately, Jason suggested that we put our engineering hats on and make our own solution: a “tire brake.” We ended up grabbing an old junk tire for free from a shop near by, chopped out a chunk of rubber, bought just the right size screw, and mounted to the bottom of the brake. Pictures below. How’s that for Kettering ingenuity?

Junk Tire
Don't put this on your truck!
Tire Brake Side
A Tire Brake!
Tire Brake Bottom
Oh yes: We counter-bored that screw! (engineering jargon) 😉

I’m probably way too excited about this. I’m just so proud!


About the author 


From a 3412 mile inline skate across America for Freedom to a pilgrimage halfway around the world, speaker and life coach, Austin Szelkowski has lived an intrepid spiritual journey. Over the last 11 years, he has skated across a continent, built 3 successful businesses, been enlightened by a mind-bending spiritual awakening, and endured a terrifying dark night of the soul journey in 2017. His story brings courage in the darkest places – providing a sense of spiritual adventure and hope.

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