Okay, I admit it. I just had to rent the scooter. Mainly because I love to ride. It’s also a great way to see a location. I think it’s one of the best ways to get around anywhere. I rode around the town of Victoria Falls and got to see a lot of things other people didn’t because I had mobility. I could cover a lot more ground in two hour on the scooter than I ever could walking and feel a lot better about it afterward. It’s physically tough to walk around town all day. It’s easy to take a scooter ride for a few hours. There’s a reason I have a Honda Silver Wing parked outside my back door and it’s not to dress up my back yard, although the scooter does dress it up a bit. Note that the largest dimension available for this picture is 1024 X 768 as it was uploaded at a very slow bandwidth from a remote location in Africa.
So how many scooters can fit on the roof of a bus in Laos? A lot. I thought the person I was traveling with was kidding when he told me that they carried, literally, everything on top of some of the buses in Laos, including live animals. But, after riding on one of the buses, I realized it was true. They also stop at every door that is willing to pay them and pick up anything that moves, or doesn’t move, as long as it will fit in or on the bus. Need a birthday cake delivered to grandma in the next village? No problem. I even saw some things wrapped in plastic being placed on the roof that looked an awful lot like it might be a human cadaver
I’m just out riding my $5-a-day scooter along one of the more deserted sections of the beach in Bali and I came across a temple. I stopped because the temple was interesting. I believe this was someone’s family temple. It was about family, as in clan, temple size. Temples are everywhere in Bali. People include them in the construction of their homes. Families build them. Neighborhoods erect them. Cities erect them. They’re everywhere. Better to build one than have to worry that the Gods noticed that you forgot them.
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I have never seen so many electric bicycles in my life. Not only that, there must be hundreds of brands of them with hundreds of styles. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. It makes me want one. Like I’d know what to with it on the back streets of Oklahoma City.
Okay, it’s me and maybe I’m not a wild scooter boy, but it’s nice to pretend every once in a while. This was taken during a ride out in the country on the island of Borneo outside of the town of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We were looking for large mosques in the countryside around the city. We found several.
There must be one scooter per person in Hanoi, which means there are between 4 and 6 million of them. Cars are a minority, although one person told me that in he last five years he has seen the number of cars on the streets go from virtually none to enough to cause traffic jams. Still, the main form of transportation is the scooter, most of them being the small 50cc models.
Scooter Riding is so much fun… One reason I traded my Gold Wing for a Silver Wing was that the Silver Wing fit so nicely in my 53 foot trailer. Ethel and I would stop, take the Swing out of the trailer and go cruising.
Scooter Riding is so much fun…