On Tuesday, I decided I wanted to go on a group ride the question was where?
So I contacted a few groups I know on Facebook, the St Petersburg Scooter Trash Group and a few others. One group had two riders going to Lake Wales. A town about 53 miles southeast of me and home of Bok Tower Gardens and Spook Hill, two attractions that I've visited before but never rode the bike to.
Chalet Suzanne restaurant and inn which was closing after a long and distinguished 83 years. My brother, Gary, is a professional Chef and my Susan was a restaurant manager and chef for nearly 25 years. My ex-wife was a fantastic cook in her own right and I've often said she could put many Iron Chef's to shame. Yes, I love to eat and just recently learned of the Chalet. I would have liked to have eaten there at least once, but I understand it closed on or around the forth of August.
Another group out of St Pete's was planning a ride to some of the local Tampa parks, which appealed to me for other reasons.
Frankly I am tired of riding by myself and want to get it, meet other scooterists and enjoy a day out. One is a lonely number at times.
I'm also tired of the commute. While I enjoy taking the bike out whenever I can, you also need a change of scenery now and again. A ride out to Lake Wales, or into the parks of Tampa might be just what this old soul needs to feel renewed. Even if it means riding with a bunch of strangers and being on my seat for 2 or 3 hours.
"What happens if I can't find a group to ride with this weekend?" Honestly I don't know...but I've been meaning to explore Ybor (Ee-bor) city a bit. The city of Lakeland is also nearby. Getting out is the important thing...and that is what matters.