Adventures…Real Or Imagined
Turns out there is a little group called the Vespa World Club. It’s an organization of people who love their Vespa Scooters, and have loosely banded together to form an alliance of like-minded individuals. I mention this, because, not only was I unaware of the club, but I was also unaware of their yearly gathering, called Vespa World Days, being held this year in Gjøvik, Norway. The town rests in what looks to be peaceful surroundings, about 70 miles due north of Oslo. The map shows only six roads that intersect the “highway” that takes you up to that village, the rest just green lands and lakes, unlike anything we have here in the city. It is an event dedicated to all things Vespa (as well as other vintage or European bikes). I’d love to experience it!
Although I know that few of us, if any, will be able to travel all the way to Gjøvik, Norway for this event, these past winter months have heightened my flights of fancy. I have spent the past few months feeling [scooter] stifled. With the extreme snow and horrible riding conditions that came with this weather, I found myself staring out the window, daydreaming of some great adventure I could do on my scooter.
Maybe Norway is a bit too far (and far too expensive!). But what type of road trip might I accomplish, if I start carefully planning now? I would love to head outside the city limits and cruise the more casual roads of upstate New York. I’d love to head out to see the tip of Long Island, in Montauk, for the first time. I could even take a ferry to Connecticut or Rhode Island from out there! Perhaps I could visit the border between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which boasts trees and wildlife that no one would believe could BE in New Jersey! The Appalachian Trail could be fun, although I’m not much of a hiker, and I’m not sure the people that are, would NOT appreciate me scooting on their trails spewing 2-stroke exhaust.
Any of these options would be a refreshing change of pace, to the typical Brooklyn roads I ride. Anything to kick start this Spring riding season into high gear. I am itching to ride, I am ready to go…
The reason I bring this up, is that although I have an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm to get my bike running right, looking good, and ready to roll, I find myself dreading just riding the neighborhood. The thought of heading to Norway for some scenic rides, away from all the traffic and mayhem that I experience here, has made me dread it even more. So what’s a rider to do? Maybe I need to start up my list of ‘good rides’ again. A list of locations I would like to ride to this season, which will get me away from the appalling start-and-stop of Brooklyn. If I tried for one good ride a week, I think the rest of the local rides would seem more bearable. I need some routes I can sink my teeth (wheels) into!
I’m opening up GoogleMaps, and charting a course to the unknown. I don’t care where it is, I just care that it’s not familiar…..