Waypoint #1

11 November, 2005 Temperature: 36 degrees F

Well, I have completed my first week of commuting on the Red Baron. I use the term “waypoint” in the navigational sense: This is the first landmark or milestone on my long winter’s journey. The weather has been kind, and the scooter is running perfectly. I am optimistic.

Today, I had to come into work early. I have been commuting in daylight during the mornings all week, so this was a new experience. For one thing, the roads were almost empty; it being Veteran’s day, and also a Friday during deer season. Man, was it quiet out there… almost too quiet. I was able to cruise along, unobstructed, and it was wonderful. The vanishing point perspective of the streetlamps along the High Bridge in Saint Paul was worthy of a fine art photograph, as they were wreathed in a light fog. I must remember to bring my camera along on these commutes.

Coming in to work early means leaving early. It is going to be another beautiful afternoon, with temperatures in the low sixties. I have some errands to run, and then I have to do my first scooter maintenance. The optimistic odometer shows 545 kilometers, and the break-in oil change was due at 300. With my busy schedule, I just didn’t have time. I will rectify that today. While I’m at it, I will hook up the wire harness for the Aerostich Kanetsu electric vest. Temperatures are going to plunge next week, so I want to be ready.

The weekend looks like a washout, with rain predicted both Saturday and Sunday, but that’s alright. I have some writing projects to work on, and my girls need some quality time with their wayward family man. The rain is supposed to last through Monday, turning to snow on Tuesday, according to the long-range forecast. So maybe today will be my last chance to ride in mild weather for awhile. If that’s the case, I intend to make the most of it.

2 Responses to “Waypoint #1”

  1. Dan Says:

    I have been keeping up with your blog, find it well done.I have a Yamaha Riva 125 I ride to work almost every day, so I’m in there too. Keep the oil clean, it is cheap compared to the alternative.I live in Florida so I can only imagine the temps talking about.I do not understand why everyone here does not have a scooter!Keep up the blog!

  2. Gary Charpentier Says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Dan.

    Florida, huh? I’ve been there a few times. Sunny morning, a short rainstorm in the afternoon, and then a sinfully wonderful evening almost every single day I was there. Gotta agree… that is perfect scooter country.

    Ride well,

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