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Riding in the Quiet Landscape The Vespa’s exhaust is louder than normal. The low hum through the earplugs has a sharper note with a noticeable rapping. The sound of a failing exhaust unit gasket. Hot gases escaping before they should and threatening damage to the scooter. It’s all getting in the way of the quiet […]

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Reflections on Life Sometimes I lie. Last time I posted I mentioned snow was for Vespa riding and not for transporting post-surgical patients home. Turns out only half that statement is true. Riding the Vespa in the snow part — not so much. During the past two weeks there has been plenty of opportunities to […]

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On Through the Mud A week ago the Vespa was rolling through some thawing roads, wet and thick with mud, causing me to wish I had taken the time to mount the more aggressive winter tires this season. Pushing the scooter into less than ideal riding conditions seems to be a requisite part of my […]

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The Gray World Drifting through the melancholy gray of winter with little desire to ride or write. The scooter moves through its cold morning stutters to support whatever weak explorations I mount. And then, mostly, my mind is full of promises of home. Home, warm and resting, until some change of mind and thought takes […]

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Cold Morning I’ve finally gotten to the point where the cold doesn’t stand in the way of riding the scooter.  As long as the road is reasonably clear of snow and ice I’m good to go.  This morning the thermometer was pointing to 5F at sunrise.  With no wind and clear skies it almost felt […]

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Frosty Friends This will be a short post.  It’s was 1F again this morning.  I was tired, cold and not much in the mood to spend a lot of time outside.  Junior and Lily don’t understand those feelings.  And in the face of my lack of enthusiasm for throwing the tennis balls, they too matters […]

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Belgian Sheepdog,Groenendael Type My dog Junior.  A Belgian Sheepdog as considered by the American Kennel Club.  Known as a Belgian Shepherd in Europe.  The black variety are Groenendaels, a short hair version are Malinois (a favorite of the US military and also used by the US Secret Service to guard the White House), and a […]

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Frosty Dog, Cold Weather State of Mind The dogs seem invigorated by the cold; running, prancing, tearing through the garden more excitedly than they do in warmer weather. Lily plays so hard that her breath freezes on her thick coat. Maybe they’re just trying to stay warm. But I see the phenomenon in myself. Eventually. […]

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Acclimating to the Cold It was a bracing morning. Perhaps too cold for a Vespa scooter rider. Could see the steam rising from the furnace vent, a sure sign that it was cold. As I pulled on my heavy winter boots the heavy frost on the car windshield was another reminder of the cold. At […]

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Dreams of Vespa Scooter Rides There are a lot of rides I want to make. Less than 200 miles from my driveway and the Vespa will be winding along the Blue Ridge Parkway. And the Adirondacks are a mere 300 miles away. Celebrating the birth of a new year fuels speculation of things that may […]

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