I'm not supposed to be driving but I recently violated my driving restriction. Well, maybe just a little bit. I am guilty of backing the car out of the garage a few days ago and parking it on the other side of the driveway. Never even left the driveway. You should have seen it though
. With precision I expertly engaged the clutch pedal while carefully managing the complicated steering maneuver. Forward and reverse movements were a work of art, if I don't say so myself, and the whole process was, shall we say, breath-taking.
Later that day I repeated the maneuver, albeit in reverse, as I moved the car back into the garage. I didn't hit anything either. I guess I still remember how to drive.
Unfortunately, it now appears that it might be mid-August before the doctors feel comfortable in removing my driving restrictions. It turns out that a 6 month moratorium from operating a motor vehicle is, sort of, standard procedure for someone like me.
The reasons for the restrictions from driving are a bit complicated. Frankly, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving are just as much or more dangerous than my circumstance, in my humble opinion. But I recognize and understand the reasons for my restriction and have agreed to abide by them.
This, however, has caused some changes in my own personal methods of transportation.
First, I have been catching a lot of rides with other people particularly with my wife, but I am now well known to try and bum rides off of other people as well. I still do this a lot, but others have become tired of me, especially my wife. I don't blame them. And they never want to go where I want to go when I want to go. Friction is frequently the result. We don't want that.
Second, I have resorted to taking the city bus back and forth to work. This method of transportation has actually worked out quite well for me. The city's bus system is not world renowned for its convenience to residents. For instance, one day I tried to figure out how I cold get from my home to my doctor's office on the west side of town, maybe 12 miles away. Best I could tell, after two transfers, I could do it as long as I left home 3 hours before my appointment.
The building where I work as viewed from the 18th floor of a building just down the street
But actually, for my usual bus ride from home to downtown where I work, it is very convenient. I can get off and on the bus a block away from my office. On the home side of the trip I need to walk about a half mile, but that is actually a very good thing, as long as the weather is not crappy. It forces me to get a little walking exercise which pleases my doctors and is very good for my heart.
This was and still may be the tallest building in Kansas. Don't laugh! I think it's about 21 stories.
Third is becoming my favorite method of getting around, just because it involves 2 wheels instead of 4. I have restored my old mountain bike (his name is "Bruiser") to working condition and he is going to be very helpful to me in getting around in the next few months. The doctors have actually encouraged this. The exercise is good for me and it gives me even more of a feeling of independence to go where I want to go when I want to go.
I haven't been riding a lot yet. I just haven't felt strong enough until recently. And I don't anticipate long rides for awhile, but short rides of a few miles will be easy to do.
I thought that maybe a little comparison would be in order, scooter vs bicycle.
Scooter: SYM "HD200"
Bicycle: Specialized "Rockhopper"
Brand New Grips, the old ones were falling off from disintegration
Year: Scooter: 2008
Bicycle: Not certain, 92-96?
Country of origin: Scooter: Taiwan
Proof of Taiwan Origin, sort of like Barack Obama's birth certificate
Weight: Scooter: approx 289 lbs
Bicycle: approx 29 lbs?
Horsepower: Scooter: 15 bhp
Bicycle: hmmmm <1
Transmission: Scooter: Automatic CVT
Bicycle: 3 chain rings, 7 gears at rear,
21 possible combinations,
only really use 10 or 12
Scooter: Scorpion EXO700 full face,
very small vents
Bicycle: Specialized fancy styrofoam thingie,
lots of big vents
I always wear a helmet!
Gloves: Scooter: Aerostich Hot Weather Vegan
Bicycle: Specialized palm padded fingerless
Don't Laugh! The padding works, plus I look "Cool"!
Tires: Scooter: 16 in, (tubeless)
Bicycle: 26 x 1.95 in knobbies (tubes)
These are the original tires. Currently 50 psi, plenty hard. Road bikes generally have over 100 psi
Tool kit: Scooter: Yes
An assortment of tools for the road
Tachometer: Scooter: None
Accessories: Scooter: man bag hook, Shad top case
Bicycle: bottle cage, Cannondale rear rack bag
Bad pic of bottle cage and frame pump
I carry a couple of extra tubes and have room for even more crap
Scooter: comfortable for many hours
Bicycle: comfortable for about two minutes
Scooter: approx 70-75 mph
Let's say 20 mph downhill
with wind behind you.
(Not geared for speed)
Scooter: Heated grips, luggage,
Blaupunkt Stereo System
Bicycle: speedo w/ heart rate monitor,
another bottle cage,
Blaupunkt Stereo System
There you have it!
Now I do wish to finish up with an apology to readers of this blog.
It has been a bit difficult for me recently to keep up with posts to this blog. In addition, I haven't been able to keep up with reading other blogs as much as I would like.
There are a couple of reasons, first being my health as I recover from the heart attack and sudden cardiac arrests I had earlier this year. Let it be known I am doing very well, it's just a very slow recovery. Secondly, tax season was a bit of a bear, I am still only working part time, but everybody else worked their asses off and we made it through. But finally, and probably most important is just merely that I haven't been riding and don't have a lot to write about. I am hoping that will change eventually, but be advised that posts to this blog may be irregular and infrequent.
In essence this blog may get "parked" for awhile.
But also know that .......
I'm Not Selling the Scooter!