The Capital City Scooter Club hosts a Rally every year on the May Victoria Day long weekend and this is their 25th anniversary. Festivities start on Friday evening, but we went over on the 1st ferry on Saturday. We ride, we eat, we stop, we eat, we ride, we talk, we take pictures, we talk, we eat, we ride and the cycle continues.
(Saturday morning group ride, easily over 100 scooters)
Group rides are a really organized affair. The "riders" are used to keeping large groups together and it doesn't matter which club you are, where you come from, you just step up to the plate and do what you need to do. I imagine that over the years we know and trust each other. I realize that a lot of you will not agree with what I am going to say, but it works to keep the group safe and cars out of our way, but once in a while you get a renegade/aggressive car who doesn't wish to go along with out plans. We have lane blockers on both sides as we enter controlled intersections, and without regard to RED lights, our group continues to block cross traffic while our scoots snake their way along. Of course we always give the thank you wave to waiting cars. I am accustomed to bringing up the rear (Sweep) and keep a mindful eye for those with mechanical problems. After we pass "the blockers" we pull over to let them catch up with the front of the line to be in proper position to block again.
While this is technically a scooter rally, and comprised mostly of Vintage Vespas, lots of other modern TnG's and motorcycles tag along, everyone is welcomed. You would be surprised to find that a lot of Vespa owners also own large displacement motorcycles
(another Vintage Triumph)
While I have been mainly riding my SV650, I brought my scooter . . . after all, it's a scooter rally
(My Kymco X500Ri parked across the street from the Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC)
And others left their scooter at home and came in their Isetta
We went for a ride and ended up with ice cream
(Rocci, couldn't decide which flavour she wanted)
Between events there is time to contemplate by yourself, so I went for a ride along the ocean drive
(South, facing Port Angeles, WA - on the other side of Juan de Fuca strait)
I also posed my scoot at "MILE Zero" of the Trans Canada Highway
(Mile Zero, TCH, Victoria, BC)
Further down along the scenic drive, I came across a tour guide (possible summer job for Mr Conchscooter when he visits BC)
(scooter sure looks familiar)
Behind me is one of the hotels invaded by scooterists
I also found this lonely Suzuki at the Hotel
I made my way downtown and found the entrance to Chinatown, Victoria, BC
What can I say. A great weekend, great Key West weather. Renew friendships, EAT and Ride.