Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seizing it while it lasts.


It's stormy outside, the wind and rain is pounding against the windows, just about right for a review of last weekend's riding pictures. It might have been the last opportunity, so we had to make good use of it. At an unbelievable 26C (79F) we took out Rover and Bella for one lovely spin around the block, no make that two. 


The second ride was participating in an end-of-season ride with my MC Nature Park Chapter, for which I recently took over the secretary duties. Now with the responsibility for the content management of their website, their blog will be bilingual, too. Here's what we did last Sunday.

Yours truly in Club Colours

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Wir ergriffen die Gelegenheit beim Schopf
Draußen stürmt es. Der Wind und der Regen peitscht gegen die Fenster. Genau der richtige Moment, sich die Fotos vom vergangenen Wochenende 'reinzuziehen. Es mag die letzte Gelegenheit gewesen sein, also nutzten wir sie. Bei unglaublichen 26 Grad drehten wir mit Rover und Bella eine Runde um den Block, nun, eigentlich waren es zwei.
Der zweite Ausritt war mit meinem Motorrad-Club Nature Park Chapter, für die ich kürzlich den Job der Secretary und damit das Content Management für deren Webseite übernommen habe. Hier gibt es den Bericht vom Sonntagsausflug mit Chapter und Freunden.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Entry #600: The Eagle has landed.


Or more acurately ... Scooterbob has made it to Germany. The wooden scooter left Key West in Florida about two weeks ago, fearlessly crossed the Atlantic on its own, and landed safe and sound in the heart of the Black Forest.

Tonight's evening was mild, and so we sat on the front porch to enjoy the sunset, with a glas of Hugo Rosé cocktail (Prosecco, elderflower syrup, lime juice, fresh mint and soda water). Here's to my late friend, Bob Leong.

I plan on keeping Scooterbob for a about six weeks, to show it some of my favourite places in Germany before I'll ship it to its next destination. Please stay tuned for updates.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pictures of an Exhibition


On likely the last stint of this year our local brother- and sisterhood of Vespista rode to visit the fall event of the Vespa Scooter Club Strasbourg in France, where they had a scooter themed exhibition going. The event was well worth the 4€, there were vintage vehicles galore, 50's and 60's music and lots of scooter fun, such as the slow race. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Ready, steady, GO!
Vespisti united
Doppelgänger?

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Bilder einer Ausstellung
Wahrscheinlich wird es der letzte Ausflug in diesem Jahr mit unseren Vespafreunden gewesen sein. Diesmal besuchten wir den Vespa Scooter Club Strasbourg, wo es eine liebevoll ausgerichtete Ausstellung alter Vespas gab. Die 4€ Eintritt waren wirklich gut angelegt. Es gab viele Ausstellungsstücke, Musik aus den 50ern und 60ern und Rollerspaß, wie z.Bsp. den Langsam-fahrwettbewerb. Aber ich lasse mal die Bilder sprechen.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Finding Serenity again

Do you know the feeling when the workplace sucks the life out of you? With the husband regularly away on business trips and myself working late I am asking myself, what the heck are we doing here.

I compared notes from ten years ago when we prepared to leave Germany. The business travels, the late hours. Didn't we want to get away from this? Now it's déjà vu all over again, and I am not amused.

Thankfully I have outlets to temporarily escape and clear my mind, even if it is just for an hour or two between rainfalls. And I remembered something I learned in my time in Canada: Take it, change it or leave it! But don't dare complain, eh!? And so, I cycled on keeping these words in my heart and mind.

Naked Tree
Not good...
Me and the Townie
Finding serenity in a pond.
Egyptian Geese
Bird Watching
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Gelassenheit
Wahrscheinlich kennt jede(e) das Gefühl, dass die Arbeit langsam das Leben übernimmt. Wir sind ja schließlich in Deutschland. Mit dem Gatten permanent auf Reisen und ich selbst Überstunden kloppend, frage ich mich manchmal, was das alles eigentlich soll. Ich denke an die Zeit vor zehn Jahren zurück, als wir mit dem Weggang nach Kanada genau das hinter uns lassen wollten. Überstunden? Endlose Geschäftsreisen? Ich habe gerade ein déjà vu! Aber was habe ich in Kanada gelernt? "Nimm es hin, ändere es oder lass' es sein. Aber beschwere Dich nicht!" Und so radele ich so vor mich hin und bewege diesen Spruch in meinem Herzen...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dreams of Traveling the World (a.k.a. Scooterbob on the Road)

The moto-blogosphere is mourning Bob(skoot) Leong, rider, blogger, and photographer. Bob loved to travel and meet new people while criss-crossing North America. He had barely started his journey into retirement when a heart attack threw Bob out of this life while on vacation.

As a community we felt the need to commemorate the life of Bob in a special way, and David (Scootcommute), a scooterist from Montreal came up with a fine idea.

Picture courtesy of David

On one of his visits in Vancouver David received a gift from Bob, it was a wooden scooter. For more on the back story click here. This is when Scooterbob's travels began. It came to Montreal and then, similar to a baton, it was handed over to Michael, when he was in town.

Michael (Conchscooter) lives in Florida, and the presence of the wooden scooter should come as a surprise to Bob who had plans to travel to Key West in 2015. Alas, while this dream of Bob's will never come to pass, Scooterbob's journey is just about to begin.

We will be sending the small wooden scooter on its way, blogger by blogger, to whomever is willing to participate. This way we will honour Bob's life and dreams.

ScooterBob Travel Guidelines for Europe
  • Click here and complete the ScooterBob e-mail request by providing your name, address, blog URL, any timing or other constraints you may have, and the estimated length of time you think ScooterBob will be traveling with you.
  • You'll get a confirmation once you're on ScooterBob's destination list.
  • You'll also get a confirmation once ScooterBob is on his way to you, with a tracking number.
  • When ScooterBob arrives, click here to let us know he arrived safely.
  • ScooterBob's next destination depends on you, and on us.  We have a list of bloggers who want to travel withScooterBob.  Suggest to us where you think ScooterBobshould go next.  If we think the next destination should be somewhere else because of timing constraints or other factors, we'll suggest that other destination to you, and add your requested destination to the list.  The list with names and addresses is kept by us, ScooterBob's keepers, and is not made public.
  • When you send ScooterBob on his way to the next destination, click here to let us know its headed to its next guide.
  • Document your travels with ScooterBob by posting on your blog.  Be as creative as good taste and personal safety allow, also include a Selfie if you like.
  • Once your blog post is done, let us know by clicking here.

Places Scooterbob has been so far:
Scooterbob hits the Road, Jack! (Montreal, Canada)
Scooterbob at the Southernmost Point (Key West, Florida)

Other Bloggers from Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the US have already signed up to host Scooterbob. Scooterbob will be going places where Bobskoot never got to travel. And we are sure that this would have made Bob happy.

The tentative itinerary so far... (picture courtesy of David)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Good Evening!

Riding with the new-to-me seat installed, it's looking good. And it is comfy, too. Wishing everybody a great (moto-) weekend!


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Ein guter Abend!
Ich habe gerade meinen neuen Sitz eingeweiht. Er sieht gut aus und ist super bequem. Allen ein schönes (Motorrad-) Wochenende!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

W.I.P.

A couple of weeks ago I was digging through my basement in quest for some stuff to sell on Ebay, and came across my old solo seat. Should it stay or should it go?


I pondered awhile over the matter. My Sportster, although fully functioning is a project bike. So I decided to give the seat a second chance, have it reworked and use it just for different looks on my W.I.P. bike.

Here is, what my local car upholsterer did with it. I can't wait to install the refurbished seat. It should match perfectly to my recently procured frame bag.


And here it is installed:

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Noch in Arbeit
Meine Sportster ist noch längst nicht fertig. Klar es funktioniert alles wunderbar, aber es ist eben doch noch ein Projekt. Vor ein paar Wochen hatte ich den Keller aufgeräumt und wollte ein paar Teile auf Ebay verschachern, als ich über meinen alten Solositz stolperte. Ich überlegte einen Moment und entschied dann, meinem freundlichen Autosattler um die Ecke den Auftrag zur Umarbeitung zu erteilen. Das Resultat kann sich sehen lassen. Der Sitz wird bestimmt super zu meiner im Juli gekauften Schwingentasche passen. Ich kann es kaum erwarten, den Sitz auszuprobieren.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to make proper Use of spare Time a.k.a. Carpe Diem!


It had been a while. Roland had either been busy with family issues or had been out of town for professional reasons. But finally our schedule and the weather cooperated nicely, and we got out the Vespas for a sweet 160km round trip through the Black Forest. Autumn is already closing in and the colours of the leaves are changing. My favourite part of the year is about to begin. 

The route
Baden-Baden

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Nutze den Tag! Carpe diem!
Es war schon wieder eine Weile her, dass wir einen gemeinsamen Vespa-Ausflug gemacht hatten. Entweder war Roland mit privaten Terminen geblockt oder geschäftlich unterwegs. Doch letztendlich passten mal Wetter und Zeit zusammen und wir machten eine spontane Tour durch den Schwarzwald, bei der mal wieder 160km zusammen kamen. Der Herbst hat schon Einzug in unserer Region gehalten und die Blätter welchseln bereits ihre Farbe. Meine Lieblingsjahreszeit fängt an.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bob(skoot) Leong


I lost a friend.

Like many others I made Bob's acquaintance while getting my feet wet in the virtual world of blogging. He left his first comment related to riding solo only weeks after I had started my online diary about two-wheelers. On October, 14, 2009 he wrote:

"... I like the independence of being alone sometimes, but miss the security of a riding partner. I keep thinking to myself, what if something happened? Being alone gives you the freedom to stop where you want to snap a photo or two..."

He was passionate about riding, photography and people, and he made it his mission to meet as many bloggers as he could, and to document its happening.

I lived in Calgary back then, and little did I know about the man and his passion. Even less did I know that I would once not only get to know the man behind the blog but that he would become my riding buddy, and that we would meet other bloggers together.

He continued to leave comments at my humble attempts of contributing to the moto-blogging community, and encouraged me by becoming a regular visitor. I started returning the favour and so we kind of build up a virtual friendship. For his Blog --> click here.

When my job catapulted me to Vancouver back in 2010, Bob was the first to welcome me, and to make me feel home. He and his wife took it on to introduce me to the local (riding) community, the wet coast lifestyle, as well as the culinary experience of sushi, oh, and Crocs of course.

Bob was there, when I picked up Nella, my yellow Beemer from the dealership, for its maiden voyage. With Bob I discovered the beauty of the wet coast, rain or shine. He showed me his favourite places that soon became mine, too. The pier in Steveston, the rocks at Whitecliff Park, the restaurant Sharkey's in Ladner, the beach at Boundary Bay.

We went on an epic road trip through Washington and Oregon in 2010, and got to meet other moto-bloggers. Did I mention that he made a point of meeting as many bloggers as he could find? He was very particular about it. In 2012 there was another IMBC (international moto blogger convention), where we met some of the same and and some new people from the moto-blogging community.

And he probably broke his own record on his final moto-journey in 2013, when he rode solo across North America and back. He did not ride as much in 2014 but he had different travel plans for this year, and so he started writing about his hometown. I still believe he had some hidden agenda of making me feel homesick by doing so. And of course he continued to meet people who were visiting Vancouver.

When he stopped commenting on my blog in mid August, I wasn't worried, because he was venturing out on a trip of a lifetime with his wife Yvonne in his beloved Corvette. I wasn't worried, when he stopped blogging on August 30, 2014, because he had previously mentioned that he had bad to no internet connection at times.

I was devastated when I heard of his recent passing, and my heart goes out to Yvonne and his family. I never thought about not meeting him ever again. The Wet Coast will not be the same without him.

I am going to miss you, Bob. Ride on.

The man and his Crocs
 Bobskoot having fun.
Bob Leong, the business man
Bob, the husband - with Yvonne
Bob did it again and again and again... meeting bloggers all over North America
We had the best of times.