Monday, June 6, 2011

Magnificent Monday - My first 'real' scooter adventure!

You can't see it but I am gleefully grinning under my helmet.

Today was a 'ME' day.  I didn't tell ANYONE that I had today off.  I spent it selfishly and completely on ME!  Since I bought my beautiful scooter in January I have gone on short hops around downtown, Dallas road and the scenic ocean drive.  It sounds lovely and it is, but after you do it numerous times you want a little more.  The weather was spectacular and it made it the perfect day to escape on my scoot.  I decided I would go out towards the airport and hopefully to Sidney.  I wasn't exactly sure of my route, unfortunately I was born directionally impaired.  This sounds funny, but seriously when we moved to Victoria I landmarked by shopping centres.  The best part about Vancouver Island is if you keep going eventually you run into the ocean, so you can't really get too lost you just get a little wet. 

Today was a gift from Mother Nature, it was brilliantly sunny and the temperature was perfect.  Today was going to be a camera day and I was going to stop and take pics of anything that caught my interest.  Since becoming Princess Scooterpie I have developed this insatiable urge to be a shutterbug.  My route started off navigating rush hour traffic at 8:00 am and off to West Saanich road.   To get out to Sidney on a 50 cc scooter you have to stay off the highway and go back roads. While tootling down West Saanich I stopped at a quaint church. A little further down the road I stopped at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on Observatory Hill (not a very inventive name).  It was pretty cool because I can see the observatory dome from my office window on the other side of town.  Vixen climbed the hill through the forest brilliantly, no problems, no engine labour it was awesome!  There is something about the smell of the woods on a hot summer day, it takes me back to when I was a child.

After that I meandered down through Brentwood Bay and then onto Sidney where I played tourist, bought apple strudel from the Sidney Bakery(the best ever) and then headed back the way I came.  I stopped at the Brentwood Bay Ferry and a nice lady offered to take my picture.  I have never felt so completely relaxed and in the moment as I did today.  There was no stress and no pressure to be somewhere.  Today truly was a gift. I am thankful that I was able to enjoy the best of Vancouver Island. I ended my road trip at 2:38 pm and could have ridden forever.  I hope you enjoy my pics of my wanderings.  

One thing I will say about today is I am so glad I wear a full face helmet.  I was doing 60K down West Saanich road and a ginormous bee that was doing mach 1 smashed into my visor!  Sorry about that Mr. Bee - I wonder if he was practicing ATGATT.......


Anonymous said...

Looks like an excellent day, worth every penny of the price of the smile on your face!

Dar said...
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bobskoot said...


In you last photo you are at Brentwood Bay. Take the ferry to the other side, then up the hill and cross onto Mill Bay road, you zap over to Shawnigan Lake road, then zip over to Cowichan Bay road. This will bring you to Cowichan Bay without taking the Malahat. Even on your 49cc you can take the backroad up to Chemainus.

have fun exploring . . .

Riding the Wet Coast

Dar said...

Thanks Anonymous - it was worth it to put the smile on my face.

The only problem I had was when I woke up this morning my hip was hurting pretty bad, remnants of my scooter wipe out in January. So I guess there is really something going on with it. **My last comment that I deleted was pretty much the same, but the stupid spell check changed 'something' to ethnic - bizarre.

Hey Bob - when I was at Brentwood and looking at the ferry I was thinking something along those lines. I used to live in Cow Bay on a float home by the Government wharf in 1992. We then towed the house down to Victoria, we sold it a couple of years back. It would be really cool to take the scooter there and go have lunch at the Rock Cod Cafe and tootle around there. Thanks for the tip.

Today I was Cinderella again back to sweeping up the ashes and cleaning my palace. You play you gotta pay.

Hmmm I wonder what my next sunny explore day is going to be like?!

Circle Blue said...

Hmmm, I wonder what it will be like, too?

Make sure you share.

Thanks for the photos and taking me along on your adventure.

Anonymous said...

great shots. what a fabulous way to spend a day!

Belkwinith said...

Looks like a great time. Wish we could have come along! Great photos!

Dar said...

Keith thanks! Hopefully I will get out on another adventure soon!

Knittybetty - wait until you get out on your first real adventure and scoot for fun you will love it!

Belkwinith - I wish you could have come with me too, I have a feeling we would have had a hoot!

Dar said...

Talking to motorcycle man about me getting out to the ferry via back roads & he is pretty sure I can, I can definitely see a trip to Salt Spring or other Gulf Islands in my near future. (rubbing hands together gleefully at the thought of it!). May even bring a tent & camp for a night.