When I was in the Bahama's I had to worry about Sue and her family getting lost (which they did). When I rode to Sleepy Hollow, one of the group went down on an easy turn. When I ride by myself, I'm responsible for only one person. Selfish of me? Perhaps.
So I made the connections, packed up about 5 bottles of cold water and made sure I had air in the tires and a full tank of gas. The day was going to be a hot one, 88 F (31 C) with a 40% chance of rain, and humid. I did not want to even think about the humidity, but it's a chance for an adventure and I can't turn that down. Even though I did think about it.
Off I went to meet the group. First I met Rob and his wife, who were on a late 1980's model Vespa complete with sidecar. He did tell me that exact year and model but frankly I don't remember. I got to admit I enjoyed watching the looks from other bikers as we cruised along at about 45 MPH (72 KMH) through Plant City. One guy spent some time adjusting his mirrors as they pulled in behind him. I could see the smile on his face.
The other scooterists joined us there and we discussed books, scooters, TV and jobs. I actually met the owner of the infamous Barbie scooter. It seems at one time he was a deputy sheriff who used to ride his Stella into work all the time. Someone placed a Barbie on his bike as a joke. Another day, another Barbie. After awhile he figured he might as well attach them. Eventually it became the bike it is today. Although one story he told me brought a tear to my eye. It seems that after two years or so of collection his sheriff asked him to ride a ten year old girl that was suffering from a brain tumor to a bikers rally in her honor. I'm sure her smile was ear to ear.
He gives out Barbies to little girls that approach him and his bike went through the drive through at a Las Vegas drive-thur chapel when he renewed his vows to his wife as a complete surprise.. I liked him immediately.
No, he didn't ride the Barbie scooter today but a yellow GTI decorated in its own right.
|The Mystery of the Barbie scooter resolved!|
I'm not a speed demon by any means, but serving as tailgunner on the ride through the neighborhood I found myself enjoying the slower pace set by the smaller scooters. Even though it was the hottest part of the day, I was cool. Moving just fast enough to keep the air moving but slow enough to keep it cool.
I hope to ride with this group again. They even invited Sue along. So you know, I just might learn to like group riding. I've not enjoyed the company of strangers like this for some time. Total ride = just shy of 78 miles (125.5 KM).
**More pics to follow**
And here they are:
|I think I found a new cover photo.|
|Who is that masked man?|
|A half chicken in a lemon-garlic sauce with lentil soup! Oh Yum!|