It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and the main reason for that is all the stuff going on in my life. It’s mostly good stuff, among them, my recent acquisition of a new scooter.

My old scooter, a 150cc Schwinn, has been non-functional for a while, so I’d been shopping around for a newer one. While browsing Craigslist, I found a 250cc Kymco Grand Vista, and immediately realized it had all the features I was looking for. The problem was that its current owner lives in Madras. Madras is in central Oregon, on the other side of the Cascade mountains.

I took a buddy with me for the drive. He’d drive my car back, while I’d ride the scooter. We soon realized that we wouldn’t be able to take the same route back as we did there; the mountain pass was covered in snow and extremely treacherous. To attempt it on a two-wheeled vehicle would be suicide.

We decided to take Highway 97/197 north to The Dalles, and then Highway 84 west back to Portland. Highway 197 was mostly a straight shot, the scenery was nice – and we had the road almost completely to ourselves. We’d go for miles without seeing another soul.

I soon realized that my new Grand Vista will go as fast as I want it to go. Had I wished to accelerate to 90 MPH, it would have gladly accommodated me. The only nuisance I had to contend with was that damn wind.

If somebody ever organizes a scooter-racing event around here, I might consider participating. If I do take part in races, wouldn’t that make me a “racist?”