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The Solo Scooterist

Documenting my travels on a Vespa

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Structural modification

Working with engineers to build a practical means of carry 6 months worth of clobber.

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One month from today

Ahead of the big departure, the Vespa community are planning a show of support with a great send off.

Departure breakfast invite

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11 days and we are off

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Louw at Vespa about to start the major overhaul

Louw at Vespa about to start the major overhaul

Time has become a rare commodity of late and 24 hours in a day just is not enough. So much still to do , but damn exciting. The to- do list is a never ending reshuffle of priorities. Slowly but surely.  Since the last post much has happened , much has been achieved and much still has to happen.

A big thanks to Vespa. I have been spending time with  Louw  who has been prepping the scooter for me and instructing me on the mechanical workings of Victoria , as well as how to keep her on the road come what may. We have done a major service and are currently replacing all the wear and tear items so that by the time we hit the road she is almost new. New tyres , clutch , brake pads , filters ,oils and lubricants and so the list goes on and on. I am feeling really confident about the scooter and her current state of mechanical well being .

I have a very busy week ahead finalising things at the office and doing last minute administration like the Ethiopian visa and taking on the ever- elusive to do list . I am hoping that by the end of next week most of the outstanding things are done and I can focus on the bike and the trip in preparation for the first of May launch date.

 

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No days just hours

Finally I can sit down with a cup of tea. The day is done and the office hand over complete. The frantic last  goodbyes said , the instructions passed down , the scooter packed and prepped for the morning departure .

I felt a quick post appropriate just to let you all know that the clock has run, and that Time has delivered me to the eve of  what seemed a life time away –  the start of this journey .

I found this in my cd collection – the words and artwork an appropriate start to the adventures of  ” The Soloscooterist”.

Goldfish album cover 'Get Busy Living"

Goldfish album cover ‘Get Busy Living”

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Day 1 the City to Vryburg

What a  day ! Johannesburg gave me one of those beautiful clear crisp Highveld mornings. The perfect send off and yet my eyes were covered in a  mist of emotion. The goodbyes were really difficult. To leave loved ones for adventure is damn hard.

The send off from all my fellow scooterists this morning was incredible and very heart felt. Thank you one and all for your effort and your company –  it was much appreciated.

I took it slow. Victoria and I love the open road and  that smell of Veld  just cleared my head… and we were off!  I must admit it is not often that so many different vehicles pass me but at least I managed to get past a Combine Harvester . We could have fitted into the tyre valve it was so gigantic.

The stats for the day might interest some – so 430 km was covered;  Victoria sipped 13,11 litres of 95 high octane –  she is a snob that way. The only  heart stopper of a moment  was when the engine started with a few splutters… but after a while all was well and we were’ Cruzin’.

As you can see I stopped to smell the roses.

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