If you live on Montreal's west island, it's hard not to become aware of the Pointe Claire windmill.
That's because it is part of the city's coat of arms. Here's a link to the city's website.
It's equally true that unless you are both curious, and willing to go out of your way, you might never realize that there is an actual windmill.
And unless you Google a little, you might never learn the history of the mill. The mill was built in 1710 and restored in the 1960's. There are only 18 left of the 250 windmills originally built in the province. You can find out more about three of them right here on this blog.
See what you learn when you join the ranks of the scooter commuters? All it takes is a few minutes and a Vespa.
The city in the background in the title is Montreal. The scene looks south. ScootCommute explores my decision to commute to my job in the downtown core (which can clearly be seen to the south and east of the photo) from my home in the West Island town of Beaconsfield (off the photo, way to the right) on a modern Vespa motor scooter. Scooter commuting is the new way to get to work.
Over time my life on two wheels became much more than a commuting story. My Vespa and the ScootCommute became a gateway to wonderful new experiences, remarkable adventures, and enduring friendships.
I started the ScootCommute to share information with others who, like me, are interested in commuting to work on two wheels. I share everything I learn here and I try to make the information as easy to find as possible. The links at the very top of the page let you access the information in this blog in a more useful way, organized by topic.
If I've helped you with this blog, and if I've entertained you along the way, then I've done what I set out to do. Please feel free to post comments, I love to hear from readers, so don't be shy. I even do requests, and will do my best to dig up information to help readers out.
I've also hosted guest posts, most recently an excellent post by Jim Mandle that came out of an e-mail exchange.
It's all good fun in posting information of interest to riders in general and owners or prospective owners of Vespa motor scooters.
We'll see what the future holds. Certainly more riding, more gear, and likely other pursuits too. Perhaps some non-riding travel, a little food porn, and guidance on the mysteries of transitioning from the 9-to-5 (or in my case the 8h00-to-18h00) to a richer more varied semi-retirement lifestyle.