Sunday morning started out with bright sunshine which quickly turned to overcast skies . This was day 3 of the Capital City Scooter Rally. Quite a few other scooterists are also staying here
Most of these scooters were ridden from either Seattle (Westenders Scooter Club) or Bellingham (SOB's: Scooters of Bellingham) . As with previous years we have breakfast at Pagliacci's, it's a tradition.
Of course, this morning I have no starting issues and my V-strom comes alive with a quick push of the starter button. I am thinking that yesterday when I was trying to jump start the Aprillia Mojito many things went through my mind such as reversing the polarity, or shorting out the ECM but it was probably just a simple side-stand down and in gear sort of safety interlock situation. I remember vaguely that I pulled in the clutch lever and pushed the button as normal and nothing happened, but the gauges did their usual start up sweep. As I was getting ready to ride over for breakfast I had to click my gear lever to neutral and push my bike forward to attach my right sidecase.
I always look forward to ordering my usual plate of traditional Eggs Benedict. It comes out perfect with lots of hollandaise sauce to smear over my potatos.
A few of us from VancouverScootering.com came to Victoria early Friday morning and here we are enjoying a meal together
Soon we have had too many cups of coffee and are ready for the next event and I notice another photo op looking at my bike through the window
Outside we have dozens of scooters parked next to each other. Unlike money hungry Vancouver where you are obligated to feed the parking meters 7 days a week until 10pm, here in Victoria parking is free on Sundays so we thought we had nothing to worry about, UNTIL . . . someone came rushing into the restaurant to say that a parking enforcement person was going to be issuing parking tickets to the scooters. It seems that there is a parking bylaw which states that you are only allowed to have a maximum 2 scooters/motorcycles PER Parking Meter. I mean, what a stupid rule, and for what purpose. The two bikes closest to the meter are exempt and the others will get a ticket. Needless to say the scooters got moved right away and we headed down to the Causeway, which is the parking area across the street from the Empress Hotel, in the inner harbour.
(Orin: scootin ol' skool)
Orin is already there waiting for us . It was my plan to head back to Vancouver to be with Mrs Skoot as this is the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada and I have to share some of myself with family time.
I am not the only one photographing. This is Tess, from Seattle . I was somehow attracted to her equipment
White lenses are for serious photographers . She is working on a project and the photos will make it to her website, presently under construction
Can you spot the "Black Jewel" within the flock of Italian beauties ?
It was a great weekend, rides, meals and friends. I am also on StromTrooper.com and I have been over on the Island before to ride with Ian on the Port Renfrew Loop. He managed to come for breakfast Sunday and kept me company on my ride back to the Ferry. He lives enroute so we stopped at his place for a beverage when he discovered that there was a 2pm ferry which I could just make, if I rushed. He gave me cryptic instructions, turn left, go through two lights and then turn right, etc.
I don't want to tell him that I messed up. I went two lights and turned left and found my GPS indicating that I was travelling West, when I should have been going East. I ate up valuable time and ended back at West Saanich Road nearly where I started but 15-20 minutes later. I continued North to MacTavish Road as I knew it intersected with Hwy 17 which goes North to the ferry terminal. I left Ian's place at 1:05p and now it was 1:25p and due to construction, MacTavish Road was closed and I had to detour around the Victoria International Airport. All the while I was watching the minutes tick by and I knew I would miss the ferry. Usually you will not be loaded onto the ferry if you arrive within 10 minutes of boarding. I arrived around 1:38p and the lady in the booth told me I would make it on. Bikes get priority loading. I parked my bike at the head of the line at 1:40p and we loaded at 1:48p . I know that I am saying WE but I was riding alone.
With no one to keep me company I headed to the upper deck and found a nice spot out of the wind to sit in the sun, when to my delight a beauty sat down beside me. I struggled to get a photo of her but ended up with this
It's hard to think that just a few days ago I could hardly walk and was thinking of just staying home this weekend. It is not easy to wear my riding boots and move my foot up and down to shift. I also tried not to walk too much and wear my sandals as much as possible. I do have a bit of swelling and my boot feels too small and tight, at times. I can't wait to get back to normal.
It was nice to remove my boot and enjoy the scenery and leave the driving to the Captain
The wind blowing through your toes, feels so good