But first I have incredible news!!
On Monday, February 27th, 2017, I rode my Vespa all the way to the south western end of greater Toronto to fetch some parts for our living room lighting. That was a first. I feel almost bullish about global warming (no, not really).
Well back to the matter at hand. Wait no more, here is episode four. If I were a more proficient producer, director, editor, sound man, camera man, script writer, and cinematographer, episode four would have landed in your inbox yesterday.
In this episode, the intrepid travelers have lunch at Pouncey's Restaurant in Perry Florida, then make a beeline for Florida's panhandle coast. Along the way there are sights I'll cherish for years to come and new friendships I'll treasure forever. There was a hazy dream-like quality to the ride along the coast that I tried to convey with some transparencies of snapshots I took as we rode along. I hope you appreciate the cameraman's prowess, barrelling down the road managing a Vespa with one hand, and a camera with the other.
Maybe that's why on this tour, I managed to learn to ride a Vespa with no hands.
I owe a special thank you to Bill Leuthold for capturing this bit of momentary insanity. I also owe a note of appreciation to Piaggio for re-engineering the Vespa's front suspension and eliminating the infamous Vespa GTS wobble. Finally, I'd like to thank Ken Wilson for lending me his brand new Vespa 300 GTS with ABS and traction control so that I could learn this stunt without putting my own Vespa at risk.
And now for the show notes:
The music for this episode is from the YouTube music library. It's Moonshine Town by JR Tundra. As soon as I heard it I knew it set just the right mood for this little adventure.
Though the reference to this small town was left on the cutting room floor in the video, we rode through Panacea. I could feel all of my troubles evaporate as we sailed through town. Maybe Panacea should host the next meeting of the G7, G8, or G20 (or whatever the government of the world calls itself these days). Imagine the problems they could solve in a town called Panacea.
If you want to take a little trip and feast where we feasted, here are some links:
- Pouncey's Restaurant - Perry: tied with a venue in San Francisco as the best BLT I've ever had.
- Lynn's Quality Oysters - Eastpoint: the best oysters I've ever had.
- Up the Stairs Restaurant - Apalachicola: believe it or not, among the best duck leg confit I've ever had, and I've had many.
- The Gibson Inn - Apalachicola
In episode five Ken unveils some truly unique Florida sights and experiences for our lucky band of Vespa travelers.
Until then (production has not started yet) you will just have to sit tight, savour this episode, and watch re-runs.
In response to comments, I went back into the cutting room and worked on the video a little more, tightening things up, re-doing the voice overs, stuff like that. Then I uploaded the video again as a second take, this time without Google's helpful de-shaking algorithm that I suspect buggered things up a little last time.
I think there's an improvement. One of the changes is using the iPod camera to record the voice overs instead of the computer. It keeps the voice tracks more consistent.
You be the judge: