Not a lot happening in my two-wheeled world right now, although I have been on a few rides this past week. They’ve all been short, sweet, and low key, but wait ’til the middle of September!
With the help of Garmin and my air-conditioned Tacoma, last weekend I came up with what I thought was a great 75-mile scooter route for the Austin Scooter Club; and just to be sure, Monday my friend Kami and I did a pre-ride on our non-air-conditioned Vespa and Vino. While it was a good, enjoyable scooter route, it was way too long to be out on hot asphalt in the summer heat. Didn’t spend time sightseeing and taking pictures, but did have a nice brunch at Ramos Mexican Restaurant and Discoteca in Manor. Now it’s back to the map-making drawing board to cut down the mileage.
Wednesday I rode Lizzie out to Marble Falls to get some more practice with the GoPro video camera. Of course, I had to stop at the quintessential small-town Bluebonnet Cafe for an eggs-and-pancakes breakfast. This place has good food, great pie, and the parking lot is always full of motorcycles on weekends. Notice the “Pie Happy Hour” sign on the far left side of the building in the first picture.
Since I was already out that way anyhow, I decided to check on the “blooms” on that prickly pear cactus I talked about in the last post. Found the location and exact cactus and discovered several of the “blooms” had been eaten and the leftovers were full of seeds. I’m embarrassed to say it finally dawned on me that those weren’t blooms at all, but fruit. Doh! For today’s school lesson, this link is interesting if you like that sort of thing. By the way, the fruit is called “tuna” in Mexico. Huh?
These guys know how to deal with the heat! What I want to know is, how do they deal with those pointy things stuck to their heads?
Here are the results of my video practice. Each time I take the video I learn something new, and each time I put it all together with the editing software I learn something new. It’s getting there.
This morning Desha, Wendy, Holly (leading her first group ride), and I rode out for an early-morning breakfast at the Wimberly Cafe in Wimberly. Of course, the one time I didn’t get everything ready to go the night before, I woke up late and forgot the helmet attachment for the video camera. So much for trying the video on a group ride. However, I did find a two-headed turtle on the square outside the cafe!
Back home in Austin, I stopped at a gas station to fill up so it will be ready to go on the next ride. After the fillup, wouldn’t you know, Lizzie’s battery was d-e-a-d, dead. Happens a lot in this kind of heat. My friends Lynda and Dave, who live nearby, quickly came to the rescue with a jump start and Lizzie was safely home in no time. Besides being lucky to have friends that will drop everything to help out, it’s lucky the battery went dead today and not, for instance, on a ride in the middle of September!
Peace on the Road!