Sunday, September 30, 2012

Too @#%^# busy to post...

... but not too busy to read.

That means I've been following current events on the Modern Vespa Forum and putting my two cents in from time to time.

There is one subject that really needs a post here, but I'm just not ready for it.

In the meantime, I continue to commute daily, though with time always an issue, what with 12 and more hours spent in the office, most of my commuting has been on the highway, bombing along as fast as my 150cc's will carry me.

What's happening on MV you ask?  Well you could follow along there, as I know some of you do from time to time.  You may not be so inclined, but even if crash reports and trouble shooting and bull shooting aren't your thing, there is still fascinating reading there.

I know there are a bunch of you screaming eagles and Beemer Boomers out there who are hard core tourists... make that tourers, and you folks may be interested in following the latest trans-continental adventures of the MV resident known as Lostboater.

Having done the last Scooter Cannonball in the spring from Savannah to San Diego, and then tacked on a couple of more thousand miles on top of that treck to do a northern loop on his way back to Florida, he's at it again, but this time in Africa (yes Africa!).

Lostboater (Ken Wilson) has entered the cross-Egypt rally.  2,400 kilometers from Cairo, across the desert, down and around to Luxor.  He stopped by South Africa on his way to meet up with a trio of Afrikanners and another Floridian and who plan to ride from Capetown to Dublin in 2013.  They'll be riding sponsored LNLs (we know them as Stellas) and raising money for worthy causes along the way.

Meanwhile, Ken's Cross Egypt adventure promises to be very much worth following.

As I did for his other adventures, I've linked to it here, and on the right side below.  I know that I'll be following right along.  I won't be able to resist.


SonjaM said...

Thanks for the link, looks intriguing.

Don't work too hard right now, you can spend all your time in the office when it's winter and nothing else left to do.

Expecting fall foliage pics from your neck of the woods...

David Masse said...

Thanks Sonja, that's good advice.

Got your order for eastern fall foliage and will do my best to deliver.

That thing I need to post is here.

Warm regards,


Trobairitz said...

Wow, such a long ways on a scooter. That could be a lot of fun I think.

And 12 hours a day in the office? Ick blah. Hope that doesn't go on too long.

SonjaM said...

Oh shoot, David. I just read about your unlucky incident. I am glad that thanks to your gear you and the bike were almost unhurt.
I had a similar scary situation recently with slimy roads with rainfall after a long dry period, and I was slipping and sliding but made it home safely (but a bit shaken).

Stay safe, and keep on riding!

Unknown said...


I hope you are okay. Metal can be repaired, but for yourself it may take longer, plus the flashbacks to the circumstances.

I remember a few years ago, I mostly rode during all kinds of weather, and nearly all winter. I thought it was a badge of honour, but soon realized that I was the foolish one. There is nothing to prove to anyone. Especially when I had cars insured and just sitting at home while I navigated treacherous roads in bad conditions to save a mere 2 litres of gas a day. It just didn't make sense to me so now I ride when I feel like, and when I don't, I just take the car.

When I see someone in torrential rains, or when there is a chance of ice on the road, I think to myself that that person is a fool for taking so many chances unnecessarily. I also don't ride the first day it rains after a long dry spell.

anyway, stop working so hard, enjoy life more and slow down

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Canajun said...

Sorry to hear about your accident, but glad you escaped with relatively minor aches and pains. As someone else noted, you should probably replace your helmet as it may have suffered unseen damage.

I know all about the 12-hour days. When I finally decided just to stop putting in so many hours I was amazed at how everything still seemed to function normally - and how I was much more focussed and productive during the 9 or 10 hours I was still working. Life's too short to spend it all in an office.

David Masse said...

Sonja, Bob, Canajun, thanks for your concern, it means a lot.

No harm done, other than some aches and pains that are now gone. My psyche is OK, but I now have a new strategy for rain: pump the brakes. Not vigorously like in the car on ice, but more like apply, release, apply, release. Had I done that I might have prevented the skid, or gotten some inkling that it might happen.

You know what they say, "experience is what you get when you were expecting something else."

I was expecting to stop, but rubber side down.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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