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They call it cabin fever

February 4, 2008
Vespas at Krispy Kreme

Orin O'Neill photos

There were 10 bikes at Krispy Kreme yesterday. Ten bikes! Can you say “cabin fever,” boys and girls?

The weather forecast for Sunday was the only one without a rain icon, so I figured, why not? Boating Bob was first to arrive; Maryvu, Click, Alex, the Fuzz Family, Doc & Tiny, Deb and Mr. Robert showed up shortly thereafter.

Doc had suggested a trip to the Kitsap Peninsula, about an hour away on the ferry. Start in Bremerton, end up in either Kingston or Bainbridge Island. Nice trips, but Alex said there was snow on the ground, so we decided to try those routes in the spring.

What to do now? Well, I had told people to think of places they wanted to go. Doc suggested a run down to Seward Park. Oddly enough, I’d thought of the same thing.

Off we went to Pioneer Square, then east on Yesler. I knew at some point Yesler would intersect with Lake Washington Boulevard, or at least with another street that did. It was the latter, a fun little twisty that meets LWB just north of the Leschi business district.

I led the group at a leisurely pace. So many times on group rides, Lake Washington Boulevard is such a mad dash, I keep wishing for a slow pace to enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately, in mid-winter there isn’t much scenery to enjoy.

At Seward Park, Fuzz took a group picture (he hasn’t posted it yet), then the question of where to next came up. I hadn’t given this much thought, but my default route would be back along Lake Washington to the trolley-bus turnaround in Madrona, up the hill and into the fringes of Capitol Hill.

That sounded good, and Maryvu knew of a place on the way where we’d be able to eat & drink. Off we go!

The place was closed. Okay, why don’t we go to Online Coffee on 14th & Pine? Sounds good, let’s go.

Before we got to Online Coffee, I spy Piecora’s. Didn’t think about this at all, actually. But if I was hungry, and it was kinda past lunchtime, people might want something to eat, right? I signal a right turn onto the sidewalk on the 14th Avenue side. We can park in a row, right up against the building.

Scooters at Piecora’s

Piecora’s had a big table for us in one of their large rooms. Their whole pies are quite good!

Sated and slaked, our next stop would be Kat(t)’s place, not far away. She just acquired a garage space in her building, a rare occurrence on the Hill (never mind the sweet deal she got), and she wanted to show it off. While we were there, Doc tweaked on the Frankenstella’s carburetor and installed a new spark plug. We then went on a test ride, which you can read more about on the preceding link. Kat(t) was grinning from ear to ear, and I was able to see for myself when she let me take the Frankenstella for a spin.

On paper, a Stella is stronger than a PX 150 (9 hp vs. 8-point-something, on a good day), and finally getting to ride one more than reinforces the point. Kat(t) ran away from everyone except Doc and his P200 on the 23rd Avenue hill, in 4th gear no less.

I want a new Stella. Favicon

  1. February 4, 2008 2:12 pm

    yeah, i want a new one too!!

  2. February 4, 2008 2:19 pm

    Click here to see why…

  3. February 4, 2008 2:44 pm

    story is posted at my site. Good news, the woman who hit stella has accepted full responsibility and insurance procedures are underway.

  4. February 4, 2008 3:02 pm

    Cabin fever… I get it even when I am outside in the winter.

    I seldom see that many scooters in one place around here. Certainly not this time of year.

    I wish that groundhog hadn’t seen his shadow…

    Steve Williams
    Scooter in the Sticks

  5. February 5, 2008 10:49 pm

    In Atlanta a group of us started a weekly ride I’ve been surprised ow many bikes we usually have even in the rain and winter. Not like crazy or anything but like 10 to 20.

  6. February 6, 2008 4:02 am

    Cabin fever here in Richmond has been cured by unusually warm weather. The forcast for today is for 82 degrees. We will ride with our thoughts going out to those in the cold white north.

  7. February 7, 2008 3:17 pm

    Too much black ice in the shady spots here in the Tri’s. Maybe this weekend!

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