This weekend Desha and I attended the second annual Riff Raff Austin scooter rally, For a Few Scooters More, which draws its inspiration from the Clint Eastwood spaghetti-westerns. This rally had a completely different feel from Scootin’ the Ozarks in that most of the scooters were what I call ”little” as opposed to ”maxi” long-distance scooters.
The fun kicked off Friday afternoon at Urban Moto with registration, grilled hamburgers, socializing, and an evening excursion through downtown Austin. You can imagine what it was like to have 75 scooters drive by hundreds of people who had lined the Congress Bridge to watch the largest urban bat colony in North America emerge for their nightly feeding. There were lots of smiles and waving as we passed, because everyone loves the little scooters!
After a continental breakfast at Vespa Austin on Saturday, we set off on a well planned route with postcard-perfect weather to historic Lockhart, proclaimed by the Texas Legislature to be the barbecue capital of Texas. We parked on the main square in front of the beautiful Caldwell County Courthouse, and everyone had their choice of three excellent bbq restaurants within walking distance. Along with several others, I chose Black’s. Mmmmm good!
By the way, back in the late seventies, I covered court in this courthouse. With the courtroom acoustics, or lack thereof, it was hard to hear someone sitting only ten feet away because of the echo. That experience was a real-life court-reporter nightmare and still makes my insides flinch!
Before we returned to Austin, there was plenty of time to socialize, visit some historic buildings, and relax under a cloudless fall sky. I even saw some curious Harley guys walking along the row of parked scooters while checking them out!
Sunday morning we met up at Izzoz Tacos for breakfast and more socializing. It always seems on Day Three of any rally, workshop, whatever, people start to feel comfortable and open up with each other, and this group was no exception. Like the sign says, you could look around and see many Facebook friends being made and e-mail addresses being exchanged.
From Izzoz we headed over to TJ’s Cycle in North Austin for a gymkhana, raffle, and awards. (Here “gymkhana” basically means performing tight maneuvers, driving over obstacles, and completing a task while moving, all without putting down a foot.) Desha was one of only three women brave enough to tackle the gymkhana, and she did extremely well! As always, the gymkhana was loads of fun and there will be some entertaining clips in the video that will be put together in a few weeks.
The rally concluded with awards and a generous raffle, with the grand prize being a running vintage Vespa 90. Here is the lucky winner, with matching red hair and accessories!
But the best part of the weekend was when Jane, my spray-can-painted Vino 125, won the Best Modern Scooter award. It’s even more special because my friends, Eric and Jean, made the trophy themselves. The recognition makes it worthwhile to have spent all those hours turning her into a beautiful, special, and unique scooter. How great is that?
The next photo shows Jane and her ecstatic caretaker. Exactly what was done to make her unlike any other Vino will be the subject of another blog posting. (Did all the work myself, except for recovering the seat and back rest.)
Everyone agreed that this was a fantastic, fun-filled weekend in every way. So I wonder what else I can do to Jane before next October. . . . Hmmmmmm. . . .
Peace on the Road!
P.S. Motorcycle trip to East Texas next weekend! This is ridin’ weather!