November 3, 2009

by Jim Zeiser
(Deposit, NY, US)

Little Caesar and little scooter

Little Caesar and little scooter

As I noted in my last update the scooter received a new drive belt but all it had gotten was short hops into Town for milk and egg runs. I wanted to find out how it really was. What was need was a good long run.

Today I needed a prescription refill and to do that I have to travel to the local K Mart Pharmacy about seventeen miles away. It's usually a nice ride but with the mercury hovering in the lower forties and a good stiff wind blowing, this ride was serious business.

The good news was that the scooter performed perfectly, the bad news was it started to drizzle and get the road wet as I left K Mart. Anybody here who's ever been out on a scooter can imagine my trepidation to ride on a slick road with a cross wind on a set of small wheels. Fortunately the rain disappeared after four or five miles and the rest of the ride went well.

It was an easy cruise the rest of the way home but I can tell that this will be about it for rides of any length on the scooter or any of my two wheel vehicles.

The chill in the air is only going to get worse and make rides more painful than fun. Of course there will still be plenty of "grocery getting" until the snow falls and that's the scooter's strength. Short blasts and saving gas.

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