Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
We have had the most amazing summer and it has stretched through to October. Today we reached a spectacular 20C, normally we are in the low teens.
Tonight I was on my way to a meeting, and the views were stunning at the meeting venue. So I took a few minutes to catch the sunset and capture the totems in the twilight.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Last year Bob rode coast to coast on his Beemer (Nu2Me), and was planning further bike adventures in the future. This year he and Mrs. Skoot were on a 4 wheel adventure travelling in his corvette and doing the things Bob did best, taking pictures and enjoying life. We in blog land were wondering where the Skoot family was and how they were making out on their adventure. Through a few posts on Scoot Commute our blog friend David found out the sad news, Bob passed away in his sleep. David relayed this sad news to the rest of us, and we felt lost and bereft.
As a group of motobloggers we want to honour our friend and have been thinking of ways to do this and David of Scoot Commute struck on this lovely idea. Bob had given David a little wooden vespa scooter and now it is going to travel the world and motobloggers are going to take pictures of it and see how far a field the little scooter can go, so far it is on a whirlwind tour with destinations in the US, Canada and Europe (take that hitchbot). I know BobSkoot would've loved the adventure of all of this!
To find out more about click this link and if you would like to participate follow the directions ----> The Adventures of ScooterBob Let see what type of an epic journey we can send ScooterBob on!
As you read this the little intrepid ScooterBob is in Key West Florida soaking up some sun! Check it out!
Key West Diary - Conch scooter
Key West Diary - Conch scooter
The Black Forest, Germany
Tampa, Florida, USA
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - That's me!
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Centennial, Colorado, USA
Sunday, September 28, 2014
It's a gorgeous warm fall day on the island. We are out running errands and I decided to kick back & chill out in the shade while hubs is in Home Depot. Hardware stores aren't my cup of tea. I can't believe how comfy Scarlet is for Moto lounging :)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The instructor trainee process continued last weekend with me observing and riding the two day traffic skills class. This is where all the novice grads put their skills together and are unleashed on the world riding motorcycles. For some it is daunting and terrifying to say the least, because they have never ridden a bike in traffic and have been cozily ensconced in their 4 wheel cages. For others they are chomping at the proverbial moto bit to get out riding.
By the end of each day students have logged about 115 to 120 kilometres during the two day course. I think the most stressful part for some of the students was merging onto a major highway and learning to maintain their speed and cope with the flow of the traffic around them. The instructor was amazing and was very precise in expectations and gave students a realistic idea of what the next exercise was going to involve and skills required.
The two day course culminated in students being thoroughly prepared for their upcoming road tests and well on their way to being licensed motorcyclists. I was impressed by the students eager willingness to learn and the way they soaked up the experience. At the end of day 2 they were treated to a lovely ride down one of our twisty country roads, which gives them a sample of what to look forward to. After that it was back to the school storage lot and for the final assessment of their skills and receive the coveted graduate cards.
To the new riders I say, "Welcome to the club."
Monday, September 22, 2014
Last week was rough. The news of a friend's passing hit me like an out of control runaway freight train. Loss is a hard thing to deal with and as humans we are hard wired to cope with emotions whether they be good, bad, or sad. We are survivors, we carry on, we adjust, we breathe, we pause and find our centre, then carry on with the business of living. We are resilient strong creatures, but also weak and vulnerable at the same time. I am still sad, I feel like I have lost the heart for blogging, but I live in hope that my spark will return, given a little time to chill and hit the emotional reset button.
I think what it boils down to is that there are a lot of things on my plate and last week I didn't have time to catch my breath and process all the emotions and stresses I have felt, not only of Bob's passing, but also with my hectic schedule balancing work/home/family and training. It's been a roller coaster 3 weeks with trying to tune-up skills and attempting 'perfection', or my perception of what perfection is. I have realized that as 'perfect' as I want to be or what my training demands, I am human and I will make mistakes and that is a large part of what makes us adaptable. I also think through those mistakes it will make me a better instructor and my students will take some solace in the fact that I may have tapped a toe in a ride demo. It also brings me back to their reality of the stress they are feeling during the steep learning curve they are undergoing, so maybe this is a good thing this range of emotions I am feeling. I also know that practice makes perfect and it generally does become second nature. I am also sure the deeper I get into the process I will become more comfortable in my new found role. I am learning so many things and part of the process is letting my guard down and rolling with the moment. I am enjoying it and seeing the smiles on the students faces makes it magical. I also think I just need to get on my bike and ride for me and not anyone else, so if it's sunny this weekend I am going to take to 2 wheels and get my knees in the breeze for fun.
Monday, September 15, 2014
sit here in disbelief and still can't get my head around his being gone. I remember this adventure with a smile and think how wonderful Bob was at bringing complete strangers together who shared the passion of riding scooters and motorcycles. And contrary to popular belief the two groups of riders can blend and ride harmoniously together and have fun.
http://youtu.be/1ScBrNDeyos The famous pink crocs are in this video.
Here is the link to Bob's post on his blog after our riding weekend. A girl feels pretty special when she is surrounded by 20 men and them following behind her on her bike. Little did they know I am directionally impaired and was winging it all day long. Yup it was a blessed day and as Bob said "I wish I could ride Saturday again, again and again.", I do too, you are gone too soon.
http://wetcoastscootin.blogspot.ca/2012/05/dar-mistress-scooterpie.html (and yup I am Mistress Scooterpie)