On Sunday I went for a scooter ride down some back roads not far from where I live. I was gone about 2 hours and I traveled about 30 miles. I took my time, stopped frequently, took a few photos, and explored a bit.
Here are two views of the East Fork of the Little Miami River, looking up and downstream:
This river follows the route and goes into the village of Batavia, my ultimate destination for this ride. My journey carried me into a broad valley where I traveled this back road:
This property appears to have an old church on it, a leftover from years ago. Though I was tempted to check it out, I decided not to trespass:
Here was a nice place to rest. There is a stream over this fence line and I could hear the sounds of a bubbling brook. It was nice:
I came to an area that only a few years ago was open farmland. Now it is a condo complex. Actually it was quite beautiful there and I enjoyed riding around and exploring. This is only one of about 3 lakes in the development:
Mama Goose got a little testy when I peeked through the reeds at her brood:
I rode into a local village and explored a bit, but I will save those photos for another day.
I headed back along the back road in the valley and up the ridge to my area of the county.
It was a nice, peaceful ride with few cars. I did see a few motorcycles, no scooters.
Exchanged the "biker wave" with all of them!
The Met performed well and really needed to blow out her carb and get on the back roads and so did I! We had a great time just scootin' along!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
A regular poster to UrbanScootin and TotalRuckus has shared his story and photos about his experiences and long-distance travels on his 2009 Honda Metropolitan scooter.
Here is the link:
Enjoy and safe riding!
Friday, May 24, 2013
The fallen soldier, the loving grandmother, the wonderful mom, the father who died too soon, the brother who should still be here, the grandfather you never knew, the aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, pets, and friends that have gone on ahead.
Memorial Day is the day to remember, to reflect, to appreciate, and to miss them all.
Visit a local cemetery, lay a flower on the grave of a stranger who died long, long ago. Let this simple gesture symbolize your gratitude for your loved ones then and now.
Honor the dead and celebrate the living and especially celebrate YOUR life!
And don't forget to have fun! It's the "official" start of summer in America!
Happy Memorial Day weekend!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Twelve years old today!
She had a great day of puppy treats which ended in a visit to Pets Mart where she selected a purple octopus stuffed toy to play with and got a new tee shirt to wear while she is riding around delivering flowers with me.
It says: "I'm adorable. What's your superpower?"
Monday, May 20, 2013
These flowers, so beautiful, were never meant to be thrown together in this coffee mug.
They are scraps.
Scraps from flower orders that I have carried out across the city since the week before Mother's Day.
One fell here, one fell there, all landed up in my car floor board or ledge or back seat.
Never meant to last this long in this rag tag condition.
Yet here they are.
Scraps, remnants of someone's birthday wish, Mother's Day tribute, hospital cheer, or funeral good-bye.
All carried love, compassion, joy, congratulations, or some such recognition from one person to another.
Together they form an experience of the joyous gift of love.
All written in flowers.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
We're loaded up and spreading floral cheer throughout the land!
Maxidog, "Co-Pilot Extraordinaire" occupies the cockpit and glances back to make sure all the cargo is securely loaded!
Yep, we're filled to capacity with tulips, daffodils, lillies, roses, carnations, hyacinth, daisies, and oh so many colorful and cheery bouquets of love.
Smells good too!
We have spent the past 5 days delivering flowers to mothers all over the county.
Here's wishing you all a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Monday, May 6, 2013
If snow in April wasn't enough, Mother Nature is about to toss us another stale cookie!
The 17 year cicadas are coming to a neighborhood near you if you are on the east coast of the United States!
I have so many memories of the last two visits of these noisy buggers. None of them pleasant!
Deafening, shrill screeching in the trees all around the apartment, bike trail, work place, park, you name it!
Giant ass cicadas jumping on my head, shoulders, and flying into my face while walking, riding the bike, and soon the scooter!
They're coming again and all I gotta say is "whoop-dee-doo"!
(photo courtesy of internet photo bucket)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Within the last 24 hours my WHOLE LIFE has changed for the BETTER! WHOOPIE!
I am going back to delivering flowers! This time it will be my full-time job!
I am SO excited and SO happy!
Last year I wrote about my "Happy Little Gig" when I did some seasonal floral delivery work from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. It was one of the happiest times of my life "work wise".
Anyway, out of the blue, while I was wallowing in the misery of an indoor office job, my old employer contacted me and he is expanding his business and needed some additional drivers. I said a resounding "YES!" and resigned from my office drudgery.
I was thrilled for the opportunity and I will start within the next week or so with the Mother's Day run!
I can't wait!
Meanwhile, I am off until then and I am heading out for a scooter ride this afternoon! My first this season! Gonna celebrate my new life doing what I love!
Happy, happy, happy, happy....!!!!!!!!!!
(photos courtesy of internet photo bucket)