Scooters, Canine and Bikes – Scooter within the Sticks


Vespa ET4 scooter along a wet rural road.
Using within the lush wetness of summer time.

Using within the Rain

There was ample alternative to trip my scooters and bikes within the rain this summer time. In previous years every little thing can be dry and brown in August from scorching climate and too little rain. However rain this summer time has stored every little thing lush and inexperienced.

I’ve to admit that my regular summer time doldrums in regard to driving has eased due to the rain. Decrease temperatures, much less sunshine, and a few gentle rain has gotten me exterior.

Each my Vespa scooters are nicely suited to jaunts in mild rain. And the evenly traveled roads add to the mild and relaxed driving I’ve come to count on from my Vespa scooters.

Two Belgian Sheepdogs.
My morning motivators.

The Calls for of Canine

For good or unhealthy a sample has turn out to be forged within the concrete minds of our Belgian Sheepdogs. Every morning they now count on their two mile stroll. Scorching or chilly, sunny or wet, they count on me to pull myself from mattress, brush my tooth, and take them for a stroll.

I’ve tried to confuse them by tossing balls within the backyard however they don’t settle for it as an inexpensive substitute for a stroll. As an alternative it has turn out to be a secondary morning ritual. However I suppose my heart specialist is completely happy that I’ve common train. I meet my 10 thousand steps a day aim and I’ve stop telling myself that driving scooters and bikes is train.

Vespa GTS scooter on a gravel forest road.
I neglect I’ve a twin sport bike.

The Lure of a GTS

The Vespa GTS scooter can just about go wherever and do something. Apart from deep water crossings. Despite the fact that I now have a Royal Enfield Himalayan for driving on the dust and gravel roads within the Central Pennsylvania mountains, I nonetheless handle to search out myself and the scooter in locations much better suited to the Himalayan.

I’m nonetheless attempting to type out the appropriate rotation to maintain all my machines on the street. Despite the fact that I don’t give them names I do know they’ve emotions.

A Vespa GTS scooter riding with a vintage BMW.
An odd coupling of riders.

The Common Vespa GTS

You’ll be able to trip the GTS with any bike on the street if, IF, you’re driving throughout the authorized limits of velocity and conduct. My good friend Mike has a classic BMW R of some taste and it’s a fantastic driving companion to the GTS. I’ve ridden my scooter with massive BMW K1300s, Harley Fatboys, and a number of different highly effective machines.

Simply because the GTS can trip wherever, it could trip with something throughout the boundaries of the legislation.

Steve Williams at the Moto-Hang
Relaxed the the Moto-Hold at Boal Metropolis Brew. (Photograph by Paul Ruby)

Thank You for Watching

I’ve been spending extra time and vitality for the previous yr producing movies for my Scooter within the Sticks YouTube channel as an alternative of writing weblog posts. I wanted a change of the inventive panorama.

It has been fascinating to observe the analytics across the channel and particular person movies. On the finish of January 2022 I had 50 subscribers and it has now grown to only beneath 4100. Thanks all in your assist.

However what is maybe the strangest factor thus far was to see a Quick attain 1 million views. It’s 50 seconds from an extended video and reveals me on the Himalayan arriving at a fallen tree throughout the street. And the feedback all revolve round three trains of thought:

The fallen log is a lure and I’m about to be attacked.
I’m a lazy boy who ought to have eliminated all the tree from the street.
I ought to have jumped over the go browsing the Himalayan.1

I might have by no means thought of any of these issues. No marauders right here. The tree was a lot to massive to maneuver. And I’m not silly sufficient to try to soar an enormous tree at my age.

Nonetheless, I’m grateful for all of the assist my movies have produced. For individuals who haven’t seen the video brief I’ll put up it under.

My first viral video.
Belgian Sheepdogs playing.
Aiden loves his Aunt Lily.

Life is Good

The canine remind me of the simplicity associated to life. Using scooters and bikes is a part of what makes my life good. It virtually appears magical how shortly the noise of the day can slip away as my thoughts focuses on the street. And thru that focus the world expands round me leaving nothing however a serene sense of being.

My Vespa GTS has a full tank of fuel. I’ve checked the tires and fluids, made positive the lights all work, and have loaded all of the video gear within the high case. Appears cheap that I’ll go for a trip tomorrow…