posted by the LauderBLOGGER on
September 17, 2007
afternoon, Gwendolyn and I were ready to try something different. What
was – well, a find. We took a tour of Birch State Park
on a Segway. Maybe you’ve seen those two-wheel gizmos that look like
of motorized scooter you ride while standing? Anyway, some very nice
operate a new sports-activity business at Birch, the first concession
at this park in 22 years. Called M. Cruz Rentals, they rent out Segways
high-quality bicycles for now. Soon, they’ll offer in-line skates,
kayaks and a lot more, including healthy food such as smoothies.
started when owner, Brent Wysocki, gave us a brief lesson on
technique. These are sophisticated machines, each with five gyroscopes
separate transmission for both wheels. But they’re also easy to ride
first few minutes, relying mostly on the transfer of body weight. More
importantly, they’re a total blast! What an excellent way to see a
Birch, which is a beautiful Fort Lauderdale
oceanfront park. Segways move at more than
12 miles an hour at top speed but also can go off-road to slowly rumble
grass, dirt trails, sand, bumps and trees roots with no problem at all.
can spin circles on a dime, which gives surprising maneuverability.
and I were amazed at the technology and just how much fun that
technology is to
Once we felt
comfortable on our Segways, Brent led us on an hour-long
the park. We began by rolling through a grassy field filled with large
warming themselves in the late afternoon sun. Some of these lizards
than 60 years-old, thick and dark with spiky head crests. Then we
paved road, often taking our machines up to top speed, feeling the cool
of wind against our skin and laughing at the sheer unexpected delight
these things. We saw raccoons and many more iguanas and a massive
tree, as its called. Brent took us on a narrow trail among the woods
tropical lagoons and near mangroves that looked like the natural South
Florida of long ago. I’ve
been to Birch State Park
many times, but I saw it from a new perspective on that Segway. When
was over, we hated to leave. You couldn’t ask for a more likeable tour
a more interesting way to view the park. Brent or other family members
will take you along the beach or Intracoastal
you like. It’s a memorable experience and I can’t wait to try it
information, call 954-235-5082 or visit www.mcruzrentals.com. I promise
you won’t be disappointed.
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really want to thank you for our Bike rental experience. Your easy to
find location (Lifeguard station 15#) and the ease by which made our
Hotel pickup was a delight.
of you, my wife ,sister and I were able to see more of
Lauderdale beach, and its nearer towns.
bikes are well maintained and the park allows for we older birds to
practice our peddling skills before heading out. We highly
recommend your service and wish more vacation cities provided
bikes for rental. What a great way to see the beach. I'll be back for
& Becky Piper
Overland Park, KS
again for your assistance and AWESOME service last week when I was
> in Florida... I really appreciate it!
My husband and I arrived rather late last Saturday for bike rentals and
you saved the day. Not only did you come up with two bikes,
you allowed us an additional hour at no charge. We had a
glorious day riding to Los Olas, via Victoria Park and 19th street and
then took in the raw nature at the park. Thank you for your
attention and generosity not often found in this economic
climate. We are grateful and will always think of you when
recalling our time in Fort Lauderdale. We shall also
recommend your service to anyone headed down to So. Florida.
With much gratitude,
|Dear Mr. Wysocki:
is with immense gratitude that I write to you, a prominent business and
civic leader in the Broward County community. On behalf or the Emerge
Broward Executive Board and the general membership, I would like to
thank you for helping to facilitate the Segways, Canoes & More
Event on October 11, 2008.
event was undoubtedly a huge success. Our members were privileged to
enjoy a 30 minute guided Segway tour through Hugh Taylor Birch State
Park while simultaneously networking with one another in a unique and
relaxing atmosphere. Thank you for taking a pro-active role inj our
community and facilitating this event for Emerge Broward.
Relations Director, Emerge Broward
wanted to personally thank you for assisting me in planning the Emerge
Broward event this past weekend. You were an absolute pleasure to work
with and I really appreciated you helping us and with the cost of the
event. Everyone raved about the Segways! Again, thank you for your
time. I look forward to working with you again.
couple from the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel last week. Diana and I just wanted to say
thanks again for your outstanding professional service and hospitality.
were amazing and your tips on sights to see etc were much appreciated.
- Kevan McKenzie
|M Cruz Rentals
provided a memorable last day in Fort Lauderdale for my son and
me. I was hoping to rent a bike and trailer for my
son and received the recommendation of the hotel I was staying in to
visit this rental shop. Brent and his staff were generous and
very helpful. We first cruised around on a "Buddy Bike,"
was an incredible experience. It allowed me to have my son
in front of me while we visited the Hugh Taylor Birch State
When my son became tired, they let me switch the bike out with a bike
and trailer. Just as Brent promised, my son fell asleep
minutes, and I explored Fort Lauderdale on two wheels while my son
napped behind me.
Buddy Bike is great for toddlers that have some balance, but cannot
ride a bike on their own. M Cruz Rentals is a fantastic way
explore Fort Lauderdale.