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Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:50 am quote
I had been waiting for a chance to take the MP3, that strange three wheel thing that showed up in the garage, on a ride. Wleothold called and said “Kenny I need a ride” and I agreed with him. So, we set up a short ride, don’t want to be ambitious in this heat, down to our favorite hotel, The Jacaranda in Avon Park. I called to make the arrangements for rooms and was informed that all rooms were blocked for a family reunion. But I said you know this “Mr. Wilson” said like in the Dennis the Menace movies. Every time I walk in the lobby most of the staff shout “Mr. Wilson” at me. Steve immediately said “hello Ken let me call you back”. A few short minutes later he said “I got you to single rooms, will that do?” Heck Yeah! I said and he put us down for two nights.
Plan A was for Bill to leave work about noon on Thursday and ride down to my house for the evening. I got a call about 1:30 and Bill reported problems. Evidently the dip stick had come off and blown all the oil out. He proposed that he get it home and pick out another scooter and ride on down. Great, was my reply. By the time he got home, put oil in the engine and cranked it up sounding like cement mixer with cinderblocks in it. So, he called again and proposed leaving it his truck and driving down and riding one of mine. I thought this was a great idea as the afternoon thunderstorms had fired up. He agreed that riding in air conditioned comfort was a great alternative.
We had a great three day ride. We only got “damp” and never got wet with rain showers around.

I wanted to load pictures but it will take a few and then I get this and hangs up the whole process. So I will let Bill add the pictures.
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Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:30 am quote
The dogs day summer
We stopped in at the Aluminum Castle (http://solomonscastle.com/)
but after riding 9 miles out of the way and the gate was locked I remembered it was closed for the summer. On down the road we ran into the closed sign at the Cracker Trail Museum also.
From there we raced on into the Avon Park, arriving just as the rain began.










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Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:55 am quote
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Ok, I am emailing in the photos and it makes it a lot easier.


Crossing the Skyway bridge






A wandering chef at the Jacaranda


Sunset over the Jacaranda

Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:10 pm quote
circling lake Okeechobee
Photo




Today was Bill's turn to ride the MP3. We are both still not sure about it.


I almost got thrown out of the casino for taking this picture


When you ride around the lake it is rare you get a view of it.


This is the view that you see almost all the time






This sandwich was a whooping $4.95. Bill bought.

When we went in, this sky was blue. In real life the sky was darker



This is a immigrant from Czech Republic. He goes muscadine in his backyard. We picked up a couple of bags


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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:17 pm quote
Ken,

Fun pics! What’s the story with the guy selling grapes?
Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:28 pm quote
MJRally wrote:
Ken,

Fun pics! What’s the story with the guy selling grapes?
I just updated the photo. Bill and I both grew up eating these type of grapes. A very nice gentleman with weak English, but we enjoyed visiting with him.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:35 pm quote
day 2 continued
Sending photos via email is new to me, so some of these do not come as well as they look at my desk. I will work on that.

We stopped at the Henscratch Winery. I like this place a lot. They know their wine is not for everyone, unlike the Bunker Hill Winery who's presentation is straight out of Fox News. These are fun people and they were just finishing up their annual "Foot stomp grape" event.











I pulled over 10 miles from the Jacaranda and asked Bill if he wanted to suit up with the approaching rain. He said lets go back to the last gas station. I turned around to look down the highway and said "to late" and we took cover under the little awning in front of a store. Thirty minutes of pouring rain, lightening and thunder and we were on our way.

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Molto Verboso
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:50 pm quote
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Lending Bill a scooter has it's rewards. He filled up both scooters when we got
home and washed them!!!!!!



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Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:52 am quote
Jacaranda
Hello Lostboater, looks like you had a lovely fun weekend, trips like this all help to a man young at heart, at least with the moisture around you have no dust. Why is the hotel called the Jacaranda do they have one like ours, this one is on our front lawn, a real sight in the summer months when flowering.

Jacaranda Xmas 2015 009.JPG

Molto Verboso
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:03 am quote
Re: Jacaranda
Owie wrote:
Hello Lostboater, looks like you had a lovely fun weekend, trips like this all help to a man young at heart, at least with the moisture around you have no dust. Why is the hotel called the Jacaranda do they have one like ours, this one is on our front lawn, a real sight in the summer months when flowering.
That is a beautiful tree! I love them. Sadly, the Jacaranda got it's name in memory of the 150 year old tree they had to push down in 1926 to build the hotel. Still kind of nice that they remembered the tree for life by naming the hotel after it. lhttp://www.hoteljac.com/
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:27 am quote
Fantastic! Thanks for the ride report!
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:34 am quote
It was a fine way to spend a long weekend. I enjoyed every minute.

But it started poorly when Vanessa, my starstruck 2007 Vespa GT slowed while passing a car on 301, just south of Baldwin, Florida. I looked down and saw the oil light flashing, then pulled off the road. It stopped running. I tried to start it and it resisted. Then put it on the stand and looked at the engine from the top. Looked OK. Then I noticed a sheen on the seat and oil on the left side panel. Then the shock of seeing the dip stick/oil filler hole open. No dipstick and oil everywhere. UUGGHH! The shock was so bad that I forgot to take photos.

Because I was only 25 miles from home, I decided to call Uber and get a ride home, then drive my truck back to pick up the stricken scooter. I was hoping that filling the crankcase with oil might make it run again, so I brought oil, a funnel and an extra dipstick. It cranked but knocked badly. Because the engine was the only undamaged piece of the scooter, it is now toast.

Ken had offered for me to use one of his scooters, so I loaded Vanessa into the bed of the truck and drove her to St. Petersburg. It saved two hours by not going home to pick up Rocket, so I could still visit and dine with the Wilsons.

The ride to Avon Park and around Lake Okeechobee was great. Ken is such a good friend that we had a fine time riding, dining and visiting.

I have been beset with bad karma lately. I almost had another bad incident when we stopped at the Seminole sign. I put my feet down while straddling the MP3. Luckily I looked down and saw a wallet. I said to Ken "It looks like you dropped your wallet" but it turned out it was mine. It could have fallen out anywhere but it dropped to the ground here, where I could find it. That would have been bad, especially three weeks away from a long European trip. Maybe my karma is changing for the better.

On my way home, as I was gassing the truck in Starke, Florida, 150 miles from St. Petersburg, I reached into my pocket to find that I had the key to Fred, Ken's GTS. It goes into the mail today.

Bill

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Crossing the bridge on the way out of St. Pete.

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We had a little rain heading into Avon Park.

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Ken arriving at the Jacaranda.

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Dark clouds along the way.

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Ken's photo of me reaching for my wallet after seeing one on the ground. It was mine and could have fallen out of my pocket anywhere along the route. Hopefully finding it means I am getting a karma change.

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Ken organizing his photos on the balcony at the Jacaranda.

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The Sunshine State Bridge on the way home.

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Vanessa on her last ride. With not a panel or part undamaged, she is ready to be put down. She is art now.

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Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:12 am quote
Great report. Sorry about Vanessa's demise. I felt pretty damned stupid after losing my dipstick not once, but twice. If there's any upside, you make me feel less incompetent.
Guess Vanessa's still good for parts at any rate....

My fascination with mp3s took a bit of a dive after I realized that knee room is just a bit too compromised to make it a deal......
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:37 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Great report. Sorry about Vanessa's demise. I felt pretty damned stupid after losing my dipstick not once, but twice. If there's any upside, you make me feel less incompetent.
Guess Vanessa's still good for parts at any rate.
Thank you Dave. I feel a lot better now.

I am uncertain as to how the dipstick was missing.

I checked the oil but didn't add any. As such, I have checked oil at least 1000 times. I always hold the dipstick in my hand, then replace it with the same ten half turns that always seats it. I am going crazy.

She has damage on every single part from three accidents and a drop.

I will use the clutch in Razzo and keep the variator for a spare, even though I already have four in my spare parts bag.

But everything is damaged, so she is of no use for anything but to hang on the wall or dump in the creek.

Because she served me so well in the 2016 SCR, I think I will keep her as a work of art.

Bill
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:58 am quote
Great thread guys. Sandwich looked delicious.

Makes me feel better knowing there are others out riding in the 100F+ heat as well!
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:06 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Great thread guys. Sandwich looked delicious.

Makes me feel better knowing there are others out riding in the 100F+ heat as well!
It never got higher than 95F.

Believe it or not, we were never uncomfortable.

The coming rains lowered the temperature to the low 80s and it dropped into the 70's while raining.

I would gladly do the same ride again.

Bill
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Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:19 pm quote
Really glad y'all didn't let Vanessa's demise get in the way of what appears to be a great time out.

Still owe Ken a decent Cannonball message.... School starts Monday and at that point I'll get back into the habit of forming complete sentences, I swear.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:31 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Great report. Sorry about Vanessa's demise. I felt pretty damned stupid after losing my dipstick not once, but twice. If there's any upside, you make me feel less incompetent.
I've read of this happening to a few members here I always thought the oil light would come on after a few minutes running without the dipstick, but I guess not.

So what does that oil light warn for, if not "oil level dangerously low, and engine is about to be destroyed"?!!
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Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:34 am quote
berto wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Great report. Sorry about Vanessa's demise. I felt pretty damned stupid after losing my dipstick not once, but twice. If there's any upside, you make me feel less incompetent.
I've read of this happening to a few members here I always thought the oil light would come on after a few minutes running without the dipstick, but I guess not.

So what does that oil light warn for, if not "oil level dangerously low, and engine is about to be destroyed"?!!
The light may have come on, but I never noticed anything until the sudden reduction in power and speed.

At that time, I looked down and saw the light.

I am always paying attention to what is going on around me, not the gauges.

Bill
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:30 pm quote
Feel lucky I managed to see the light on mine before any obvious damage....

Which reminds me of this....

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Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:28 am quote
Another Adventure for the Road and the Appetite
Bill/Lostboater

Thanks for the travel photos. Always a pleasure to follow Bill's
adventures on the scooter trail. Hopefully, we will have 60 days
left to ride in Minnesota.

Thanks again for the pics,

Bob Copeland
Minnesota
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:27 am quote
I don’t know how I missed this great story when first published. Stuck in bed casting around for scooter stuff to read it was a delight. Aside from blown Vespas. Look forward to seeing the Jacaranda in person.
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:54 am quote
Dude, we will pull you there in your wheelchair if we have too.
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:55 am quote
conchscooter wrote:
I don’t know how I missed this great story when first published. Stuck in bed casting around for scooter stuff to read it was a delight. Aside from blown Vespas. Look forward to seeing the Jacaranda in person.
Hope you're on the mend conchscooter! Making good progress hopefully?
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:18 am quote
lostboater wrote:
Dude, we will pull you there in your wheelchair if we have too.
As soon as you are back riding, or even before if you can travel, we will happily show you the place. Looking forward to seeing the new Baby Burgman.
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:34 pm quote
WLeuthold wrote:
lostboater wrote:
Dude, we will pull you there in your wheelchair if we have too.
As soon as you are back riding, or even before if you can travel, we will happily show you the place. Looking forward to seeing the new Baby Burgman.
Thank you both. I hope I will be riding in the New Year. I cannot wait. I know from reading your stuff Ken we are on the same page in so many ways so we can leave Bill in our dust and have a fine ride without him!😉
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Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:38 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Hope you're on the mend conchscooter! Making good progress hopefully?
I am mending nicely but it is a slow process waiting for bones to knit. No neural damage is huge so it is really a matter of time.
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Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:16 am quote
conchscooter wrote:
WLeuthold wrote:
lostboater wrote:
Dude, we will pull you there in your wheelchair if we have too.
As soon as you are back riding, or even before if you can travel, we will happily show you the place. Looking forward to seeing the new Baby Burgman.
Thank you both. I hope I will be riding in the New Year. I cannot wait. I know from reading your stuff Ken we are on the same page in so many ways so we can leave Bill in our dust and have a fine ride without him!😉
Sounds intriguing but alas, I have almost trained him to be as good as Walt at staying in the rear view mirror. Occasionally he just can't help it and takes off as fast as he can go, but we always seem to find him again. If he leads, I have no problem letting him disappear over the horizon at high speed.
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