There’s a Segway shop inside Hudson Homes on 1619 Walnut, just down the street from the Pitch offices, so we couldn’t help but notice a flock of Missouri Highway Patrol troopers getting lessons using the two-wheeled dorkmobiles.
Melissa Graham, a pretty, red-haired Segway tour director, says the Highway Patrol is renting four “units” to zoom around the 2007 Missouri State Fair August 9-19 in Sedalia. The sight of troopers on Segways will likely make a few people drop their funnel cakes and collapse in hysterics.
“It takes most people less than 10 minutes to get the hang of it. Very easy,” Graham says. Unfortunately, the lesson segment of the Segway tour was already over for the patrolmen, so there was no chance of filming any trooper bloopers.
The Segway store is on the move, too. Graham says that in about two weeks, it will relocate to a prominent space in Union Station. There, the archaic past of rail transportation can collide with the fake future. -- Nadia Pflaum