Although I lived in North Carolina for years, the seasons here in Florida are different. We still have four seasons of course. Summer, "Snowbird Season" or Winter, "Love Bug Season" when we are surround by the mutant bugs from hell, and finally the Hurricane season. Summer which by definition may be several 90 degree days in a row can occur at any time and can last three to nine months.
So a lot of "summertime" activities generally happen in the months traditionally occupied by "winter." There is a logic to it of course, it's nicer to be outside when the temperatures are cooler and frankly; your taking advantage of the snowbirds as well. Many of whom are looking for something to do.
Thus our state fair is in the middle of February for example. With the lower temperatures come various biker and scooter rally's as well. In a effort to get the word out I'm going to spend a few minutes talking about three upcoming rally's that I know of. Why you should go to at least one of them, and finally introduce to a neat little smartphone app I found that might save your life.
Sun, Sand and Scooters is the second annual rally held in St. Petersburg and is being held from November 9th through the 12th. St. Pete is a very friendly city for scooters and motorcycles and is world famous for it's beaches. What is really nice about this rally is that one of the sponsors is the Magnuson Hotel and Marina. So you can literally stay at one of the nicer resorts, go riding, go swimming, go riding, sleep in comfort. I may be mistaken but I think registration ends soon.
Sadly I did not get to attend this rally last year because I heard about it to late. I do hope to get the time of of work for this year.
The second annual Snowbird Classic is November 16th through the 18th. Last year I understand some 90 scooterists showed up for the event and this year promises to be even bigger. Sadly, do to my job (I work for a GPS company so I am pretty much "on call"), I was not able to attend last year's rally. However I am providing a special door prize for this rally (more on that below). So I plan on taking at least two of those three days off and attending this rally come hell or high water. Orlando is also home to various Florida institutions that are to numerous to name here. So when not on your ride you can certainly take advantage of some magic.
Recently I learned about the Cocoa Beach Scooter Rally, which will be held from February 22nd through the 24th. This appears to be less of a riding event and more of a social event, due to the fact that it attracts many British and other Europeans to the event. However that means that you will have the chance to chat with people that clearly have a more defined "scooter" culture than we have in the states. There is also a Tiki theme meaning that you will finally be able to wear that coconut bra that is taking up room in the back of your dresser drawer. Also being this close to the Kennedy Space center it's a shame not to visit.
As some of you may know, in addition to my work in GPS, I am also self employed. Recently my company became associated with Angelic Imports which is the exclusive importer for the wonderful Goufrais Chocolates from Germany. I am giving the readers (all 10 or 15 of you) the chance to have this product at a discount, but only if you order through me. If you desire to go through the website please be sure to mention Trade Specials LLC although I can not offer you the discount then. This would make a great door prize at rally's and with Christmas coming up....well need I say more?
OK, that was the plug.
Roughly two or three weeks ago I caved in and bought myself a smart phone. I have been a fan of CRADAR since I first heard about it and frankly, it was one of the reasons I upgraded to a smartphone. Riding at night and having deer running around, it just made sense to me to have something contact someone in case of an accident or injury.
Recently I found another application for a smart phone that I wanted to bring to your attention This is also a free application and has a similar function to CRADAR. Guardian Angel is an application designed to save your life. If you have earphones, and who doesn't, you attach them to the phone and then to the bike; or wear them. In case of a crash the earphones will most likely become unattached the phone calls your contacts and uses the phone's GPS function to give your location.
Safe riding and I hope to see you at a rally!