Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Scoot Commute does Montreal, Final

August 3rd, 2014:   was a day of relaxation, a non-riding day to rest before I continued on my way


The previous day was action-packed.  It was a full day of riding and seeing the sights of Montreal and later in the evening we hopped into the car and we drove all over the place seeing all scenic night spots.  Mr Scoot commute wrote all about it  HERE


Our last stop of the day was to this 24 hour bagel factory

The next day I was like family.  We had a family Breakfast.  The family decided to wash their vehicles and I was content to just relax and enjoy the sun


I've never seen a Vespa so shiney and clean


I didn't have to wash my bike.  I found that if you go over a certain speed that the dirt just blows off


I was getting tired just watching Mr Scoot Commute wash his rims and tires


Then he washed his seat, dash, leg shields . . . he was very meticulous in his resolve.

The next morning it was time for me to leave.   I woke up early, before I heard any household noises with the intention of getting on the road by 8am, but it was not to be.    Mr Scoot  Commute awoke and made me the best breakfast and for that,   thank you


I very much enjoyed my stay in Montreal and perhaps next time I could spend more time and not be so rushed.  Thank you again for hosting me.   I really appreciated seeing familiar faces and making me feel right at home


Here is part three and final installment of the video.  (see previous posts for part 1 & 2)



To Mr & Mrs Scoot Commute.    Thank you for everything.   'til next time . . .


26 comments:

  1. Too many people, too much traffic, too stressful to watch the video.

    What's the story of the red Vespa?

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    1. Ahh... that's Vespa No.1, a 150cc model, since sold. No regrets.

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    2. Richard:

      Believe it or not, the traffic in Montreal is more civilized than Vancouver where it is worse and more aggressive. I had no problems riding there. Toronto is another story . . .

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    3. Coop:

      I spent a summer in TO and I really don't like the traffic. I commuted daily to my office from Weston to the TD tower at Bay & King. I drove on Fridays but took the subway from Islington (park and ride) on Mon to Thursday. I don't like to take the Express lanes either as if there is a problem you can't get out. I like to go on and off the feeder lanes.

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  2. Heck RichardM, wait till you see the traffic in downtown denver.....

    Bob, did the scooter's tail light flicker all the time? or an artifact of your video camera?

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    1. Dom, there's something about LED's and the GoPro shutter that diminishes the intensity of the LEDs and makes them flutter like that. It's kind of annoying because it makes it difficult for me to understand how well that Admore unit behaves from the point of view of vehicles following me.

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    2. Dom:

      I didn't find Montreal traffic bad at all and Quebec City reminded me of Vancouver where it is very busy and only one way in and out with all traffic virtually stopped with signal lights at every intersection

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  3. Now I know who to ask when I need my bike washed. I admit that my scooter is never getting this much TLC.

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    1. Sonja:

      Ride your bike to Montreal and you know who will wash your Vespa. It was no use to wash my bike as I had to head home

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  4. Thanks for the posts Bob. Come on back, there's lots more to see.

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    1. David:

      Thank you, looking forward to it. I need my Vespa riding, French Interpreter, tour guide

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  5. David,
    Are those red panels on the corners of your top box just reflectors or is there a way to light them up. Your lights seem really low and out of most drivers field of vision.

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  6. More summer memories ... did I detect a little lane splitting?

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    1. Karen:

      I didn't notice any lane splitting BUT I noticed a few of the streets downtown had no Lane lines so we had to make our own lane. Perhaps the paint wore off the pavement. The traffic was more civilized than in Vancouver

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  7. You sure do eat well on these trips ;) Eggs Benedict...24 hour bagels. Nice!

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    1. Kathy:

      I didn't notice that we over ate on this trip. When i got home I weighed myself and I was well within range of what I expected. Besides, eggs benedicts or bagels are all Low Cal aren't they?

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  9. Bob, your experiences in Montreal and here in Mississauga were a bit different. We did not have have much time to to go and explore around here like you did in Montreal. But, there were other things you wanted to accomplish that were pleased to help with.

    On your next trip here, we can do the sightseeing trip. I'll do the South African thing "Make a Plan". You will like it.

    This post does show it was not all sightseeing. Looks like real life. David did stop by here on his way to meet up with you, and we had a nice visit. I really did wish I could have riden with him down to PA to meet you while you were going East, but then we were able to get together on your Western leg.

    It is really nice to meet fellow bloggers, as you have so frequently mentioned.

    My friend in Duncan says he has set up insurance and will ride this weekend. I guess you are about to do the same. I wish you both well. Of course, I am green with envy...

    Soon... well soon, maybe...

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    1. Ed:

      My stay in TO was perfect. I needed a day to rest and just relax with you running around buying parts for Rodney. I wrote about my visit and how you invited my Uncle and Aunt for dinner. You went beyond what I would have imagined

      I spent a summer in TO and lived near Weston & Shepherd. I had my car and every Friday night I would go out with my uncle to a different restaurant. I was there during Caravan and I spent some time on the Toronto Islands so I really didn't need to see many sights and I would rather stay away from your horrible traffic. My stay was perfect.

      If it weren't raining so hard today, I would have renewed my insurance but I think I will wait another week or so. Our temperatures are rising and Spring will be here in a few more days

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  10. Bob,

    You can wash my bike anytime! And did I see lane splitting?? I'm pretty sure I did. . . ;)

    Cute Vespa! Oh, and that's the kind of traffic we deal with here in SD all the time. But at night it gets really freaky because it's harder to see and people just walk out in the street, usually drunk. It's crazy! But I love living here!

    Smooches,
    Sash
    SashMouth

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    1. Tina:

      Wash your bike ? anytime . . .

      at night in our downtown area is like yours. Lots of people walking around and who knows what they are going to do. They are unpredictable

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  11. So Bob I was wondering what's the plan with regard to these new moronic snow tire laws. We are still a month and a half from being legal to ride our bikes outside of Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Do you just chance a ride out to Squamish or Hope?…….or is plan 'B' to to hit all the wonderful backroads in Washington; the Land of the Free? I'm sufficiently vexed about stupid bike laws and brain dead enforcement; to get my Passport and send almost all my riding time and money south where it will be appreciated.

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    1. David:

      I am sure that not many people know about our tire law. You can't even get out of Victoria as the Malahat is designated a Snow Tire road. Technically Squamish Sea to Sky is too but I know from the forums that others have already ridden up there. It's up to the police to enforce or not. You can't even buy icicle snow tires for motorcycles.

      I would go to the USA more if it weren't for the border waits. I have Nexus but still that line is long. I don't understand why you are already Pre-approved and they still have to ask you the same questions as in the regular lanes.

      There is no excuse for you to not already have your Passport or enhanced DL

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