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Almost all of my riding is done in rural areas. On Saturday I did a 300+ mile ride on the GTS to Pittsburgh to prowl around my ancestral home.

It was a Saturday so traffic was not as severe as it would have been during a commuting time but still much heavier than I am used to. The GTS performed flawlessy both on the expressways and surface roads.

If you want to read more details you can see it on my post [url=http://vespalx150.blogspot.com/2007/09/sacred-ground.html]SACRED GROUND[/url]. Most of it is about what I experienced on the ride but there was some stuff about how the Vespa and I did in traffic....
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You were just a few miles from my home. I still scoot Neville Island from time to time. My Grandfather, in whose house I was raised, worked there.

When I was a kid I lived in Stowe Township, right across the Neville Island bridge. (Actually, I still owned the property until recently...I finally sold it early this year.)

If you are in the area again, don't be afraid to drop a note.
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Hey VESPAsfw3,

Neville Island, huh? Like Menhir said, you were just a few miles from my house as well (I'm up in Moon).

Great write-up about your ride the other day. I really likes the pic from inside the tunnel. Nice perspective.

Next time you're up for heading west, post it before. Menhir and I are always looking for other scooter nuts to ride with...

Take care,

-Skrap
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Next time I get down that way I will drop you guys a note first. I made the trip at the last minute.

After leaving the island I rode through Coraopolis and then up Maple Street and Charlton Heights Road through Moon Township. Then over to McKees Rocks to Mancini's Bakery.

Lots of places to explore down that way but real different from what I normally do.
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It is MY ancestral ground, too. The Pittsburgh City Rally Oct 1st remains my favorite scooter rally, if for no other reason than the long saturday ride around dahn-tahn.

My grandfather worked in the steel mills there, my mother one of an Irish-Catholic 10-child family.. they had a house on Plumber Avenue in Ben Avon.

I love that city. My sister has a house in Mt. Lebanon and i'm considering moving back there.

-Eric
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I lived up in Brighton Twp in HS and my dad and brother work for Buckeye down in Coraopolis. Running up and down the river in dad's powerboat, man, what memories.

So what's Southwest charging to fly home next weekend....
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As RoverEric mentioned before, the Pittsburgh Vintage Scooter Club is holding it's 7th annual City rally on Sept 28-29.

http://www.thepvsc.com/

All makes and models of scooters are welcome. Nothing pretentious. Just a drinking club with a serious scootering problem . 8) Come for one event, or the whole weekend. ( I gotta tell you, the view from Mount Washington is SOOOO worth the ride..) Pre-registration is required...

(Scooterati.... SW has 6 non-stops to Chi-Midway. $49 one way.... You can't beat it!)
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