Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Scoot Commute

arrives in Vancouver. For the past few months emails have been going back and forth from Montreal to Vancouver, where it was David Masse's desire to meet up with other bloggers during his whirlwind visit. A few of us were able to meetup to show him some of the highlights of our City and also share a meal or two.

Because of our tight time schedule I decided to leave work early on Friday to allow time for a short ride to Steveston. After a few text messages, he managed to arrive right on schedule and this is my first glimpse of David, as he arrived on a scooter provided by Gary of


Traffic is a nightmare, bumper to bumper cars and it took a while before we could get over the Oak Street bridge then south to the quieter streets of south Richmond, where we finally arrived at our first destination Finn Slough . It a sleepy, photogenic place where you can just sit, relax and snap some photos. I come here often

David has already published his report of our outing and you can find his published report HERE . I wanted you to feel his impressions, from his first visit, and I will just post a few supplementary photos


I thought that David was busy snapping photos but he left his camera at his Hotel and is crippled with "just" a phone camera. I like to do environmental portraits, so I asked him to "pose" for me.


I think a photo like this would look good framed and hanging on his wall as a remembrance and a memory of a good time. We are soon mobile, riding along the water and various marinas where the fleets of fishing boats are moored and end up at the Government Dock in Steveston where David met Aime. It's a small world when you see the only other person on the dock and he just happens to come from Quebec.


Aime made a comment about our bikes and that's how it starts. Bikers talking to other bikers. I don't really know how their conversation was going as I am not fluent in French, but I can tell that they were really getting along together and talking about how things were back home where David lives

I had a surprise welcoming party at our next stop so we had to get underway . . . I didn't find out until later that SonjaM was also in Steveston about the same time as we were but this evening, our paths didn't cross. If you click her link you will notice the Government Pier in her third photo. Later she told me that she was there between 6pm-10pm. We had to leave around 6pm . What a co-incidence it would have been if David had met her "by accident" tonight

David Masse, Beaconsfield, PQ


  1. I do think it is funny that the only person on the pier was from Quebec. Kind of cool though. Now if only your could 'parlez vous francais' you'd be set.

    I sure wish I remembered more of my French from high school. After graduation I had to keep up on my skills by reading ingredient lists on food boxes, that doesn't get you very far, lol. I know just enough to get me into trouble.

    Great pics and write up Bob. I am glad you could play tour guide.

    1. Trobairitz:

      If you need anymore cereal boxes with French writing, let me know. I can send some to you, esp if you like "frosted flakes".

      My plan is to let the noobies write about our escapades, then I will add some supplementary photos. For comprehensive reports to to:


  2. Finn Slough is always worth a visit. It is one of my favourite places to show when visitors are around.

    Funny that we were there around the same time. We were probably busy standing in line at Pajo's and chatting away with the globetrotters we met that evening.

    1. Sonja:

      I looked down at Pajo's as we rode by, so I suppose we left just "minutes" before you arrived, then we headed East on Moncton by the back route. I would have noticed two adventure bikes.

  3. Dear Mr. Scoot:

    I remember one of the first stories your published regarding Finn Slough. I was fascinated by it then, and I still am. It was nice to see you pumping the flesh with other bloggers and serving as the Ambassador to the "Wet Coast." I have been down for the count for the past month with an unanticipated illness that made it impossible for me to write. The illness is expected to run another month.

    Such is life. While my recovery is projected to be slow, it is inevitable.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

    1. Jack:

      I miss our "chats", have you got a landline yet ? I knew something was wrong as it is not like you to be silent for so long. I am still waiting for your epic ride West, otherwise I may be in Cape May before you know it

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    1. Dom:

      It's hard to squeeze in all the sights into mere hours, but we do as much as we can. Motorcycling in groups is still a solitary experience as you have to ride your own ride. You are with a group but you are alone with your thoughts, that's why we have to stop to enjoy each other's company. There has to be a balance between riding and Eating.

  5. Haven't heard from you in a bit, and now I see why. That 250's looking better every day, now that the full extent of your hospitality has been revealed. However, since you've got the bigger ride right now, I still think you should come east to Maine, and allow us to be host.
    By the way, my latest work gives a hint as to camping, which I am going to post soon. I thought of you throughout the entire process..... especially the rain part.