Category Archives: rides

description of rides. routes, mileage, photos. tips for others.

SAQ is almost here!

Happy Dance!!
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Here are for more upclose views.

The Cutters SAQ page states that pre-registration is closed, so register for $16 onsite.  This is the official schedule with map, but in my mind Saturday is not to be missed.  Why?  Breakfast (included free with your registration) at the North Market from 9 – 12. I missed this last year and I refuse to miss it again!  Then the big ride, this time out to Delaware.  Dinner after the ride is back in the Short North, at the store The Kickstart.  Sweeeeeet!

SAQ 11 starts this Friday

Kicks off this Friday… If you are a scooterist, then you should go. (Registration is $14 and includes a T-shirt, all sorts of free food, etc.) If you just wanna watch, I’d recommend you go down to North Market this Saturday. Around noon the big ride heads out. It’s awesome to see literally hundreds of scooters leaving North Market. If you are interested in seeing a wide variety of scooters, talking to real riders (not just sales people), and being part of the biggest scooter event held in Columbus (even just as a spectator), you should go.

For more information go to the Cutters page.This is the 11th year for SAQ, and from what I hear the Cutters always put on a good show. (My first was last year, but it was a blast!)

If you are wondering what to expect, you can read my thoughts about last year on my SAQ page.

Getting parking and going to camp

1. Columbus needs scooter parking.  (I know, that’s not news.)  The news is that a group of people have met and we’re working towards getting scooter parking.  (Technically scooter and motorcycle parking.)  I will post more news about this, including the new website that we’ll be using to coordinate our efforts and share information.  Details at 11.  Ha ha.  No, details tomorrow.

2. If you are interested in blogs/using the web/video/podcasting/ “social media tools” then you should attend the Pod Camp Ohio.  This event is free, and it’s in Hilliard.  True it’s held the Saturday of Comfest, but you can always go another day or after the Pod Camp is over.  (It’s basically 9 AM – 6 PM.)  I will be attending.  Now I can tell everyone that I’m “going to camp.”  Camp is always fun, right?  Beginners are welcome.

3. Modern Vespa ride this Sunday.  North Market 12 noon.  Non-vespas are welcome.

Editorial comment: For various reasons, I am in a flipping good mood.  *happy dance*  Yay!!

Ride safe this weekend!

Easy Peasey Scooter Club site

Easy Peasey is a scooter club with the slogan “No Dues, No Meetings, No Crybabies.”  They have a “chapter” if you could call it that, here in Columbus.  Many of the regular Modern Vespa posters are Easy Peasey members.  So please check their site for updates on rides.  Looks like they are meeting at noon this Sunday at North Market.  If it’s crummy weather maybe they will just do a short ride.

(And EZPZ people, sorry I haven’t started posting on the EZPZ board, just haven’t had the time.)

Events this weekend!

EuroBike Night. Saturday.  4 – 9 PM.  All types of scooters and motorcycles welcome.

From the Modern Vespa board, there will a group ride leaving North Market at 12 noon on Sunday.  All are welcome.

That is all.

WKRP 2008

Early, but I wanted to pub the Cincy crew’s rally.  It is Mar 28th-30th in Cincinnati.  WKRP 2008.  Register at

I’m eyeing the “making sleep” hotel.  This rally is good for us Columbus people, because it’s so close.  Driving in a car takes about 1.5 hours.  Seems like taking backroads it would still only take you at most 4 hours, with stops.  Not for a newbie, but if you do some rest stops it seems totally doable.  Hopefully the late March weather (almost April) will be good.

Travel the world via scooter

Want to see the world on your scooter?  Looking for inspiration?  Monday you can check out a book for free (online) about a round-the-world scooter trip, on a Honda 250 no less.  Tom Smith did it in the late 1980’s, and his nearly 600 page book on it is free for your reading Monday, January 7th.

(hat tip to Crystal at

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, I was out of town for the holidays and it’s slow getting caught up.

How to pack for a camping trip

Apparently Flickr is not as cool as I though, they got rid of embeddable slideshows, way to go Flickr folks!  Here is the link to the static photo set:  and you can just see it as a slideshow if you want there.

Last time I outlined what exactly we packed.  As promised last week, here are tips on how to pack, one per packing photo.  I know alot of this is common sense, but it could still help you out!

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Funny Story 3

Several months ago I’m riding on a busy street near my house, and I decide to go the long way through the residential part, because I like seeing the neighborhood.  As I turn from the busy street to the local street, I am aware that a large SUV is following me.  I don’t really think about it much, until after 2 turns in the residential district the same SUV is still behind me.  Not tailgating, just behind me.  After about 4 more turns I’ve decided he’s following me, but I have no idea why.  As far as I know my tires have enough air and my lights are all working.  As I get near my house, I push the garage door button, and roll into my garage.  This is my usual routine, BTW.  I’m not in a hurry, but I get off the scooter and start to take my helmet off.  Mr. SUV has pulled into my driveway, and is getting out of his vehicle.

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What to pack for a camping trip

Sadly it is currently too cold (read: I am a wuss) for me to scooter-camp right now.  I’m still riding though!  I wanted to share the tips I learned from the Camp Byrch rally trip (completed in September), specifically what to pack, and how to pack it.

Top tip: wear earplugs when traveling at high speeds for long distances.

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Funny Story 2

A coupla months ago I was riding up High Street, going north.  I was in the Clintonville area and in the left lane.  I noticed some turners in the center-turn lane up ahead, so I got a little more alert.  Sure enough, guy turning north did not see me, and turns into the right lane, crossing in front of me.  I had slowed down at that point, but I still honked.  No near miss, but if I hadn’t been paying attention it might have been a different story.

He starts tailing me, honking!  I’m bewildered, because I did nothing wrong, he was in the wrong.  After a few blocks of stop-and-go due to all the lights, he seemed to calm down.  He got back in the right lane and at the next red light tries to get my attention.  At this point I am a little concerned, because he seems unstable.  He tells me: “I just didn’t see you.  But there was no need to honk like that.  I didn’t see you at all!  I just wasn’t looking.  But you shouldn’t have honked.”

I had to stop myself from laughing.  He’s admitting he didn’t see me, that it was his fault, and yet he is still bothered by my honking!  WOW.  I told him I’d rather be careful and honk than not honk and get hit.  (Not that honking always saves you, but it’s worth a try!)  He still seemed bothered by my honking but I was glad he wasn’t aggressive.

So cagers out there, it’s just a horn.  If you hear it, it’s done its’ job.  And look before you turn!

Funny Story 1

Just wanted to share a funny ride story from several months ago… I’m going around OSU and as usual some of the students are not paying enough attention.  You know what I mean, talking on their cell phone, jay-walking, etc.  I always stop for pedestrians going through crosswalks, so it’s not like I’m anti-walkers.

Anyways I honk at this chick who obliviously is crossing the street when the light is green (for the cars, not for her.)  Granted, Neela’s horn doesn’t sound very angry, it’s more like a “toot toot” than a “a-oooo-ga” but still, I tried.  Well I succeeded in getting her attention but not in convincing her to mozy across the street a little quicker.  She takes a break from her cell phone conversation and gives a happy wave, and I swear I heard like a weird giggle.  Whaaat?  I’m bewildered, totally wondering what the heck she is so happy about.  It took me a good 5 seconds to realize what it was…

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long-distance scooter rides

I have yet to go on a truly long trip.  The longest so far was 2 hours each way.  Whether in a group or solo, it has a lot of appeal.  It’s that whole independence thing.  So here’s an excellent website about one woman’s trip cross-country on her Vespa.  Awesome!

Very inspiring.  Here’s a photo from my trip to Yellow Springs Ohio.  We stopped at the famous Young’s Dairy on our way back.

young’s  You can see my scooter’s first name is still visible.  (Yay!)  I tried my best to pack everything so that it was not beyond the center of the back wheel.  It is hard to see what I packed, because I have the rain covers on them.  However, we lucked out and didn’t hit any rain. Continue reading