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No, I didn’t

December 30, 2009
The GTS, snow-covered

The GTS stayed parked during the 2009 Portland Snopocalypse II (Orin O'Neill photo)

It wasn’t supposed to snow Tuesday. But it did.

People in places like Minneapolis and Chicago snicker and guffaw when it snows in Seattle and Portland. Depending on where you were, there was as little as an inch, and as much as four inches on the ground in the Portland metro area. But that’s enough to create total chaos, especially on the freeways.

Pablo’s partner The Wave works in McMinnville, which is usually about an hour commute. He got home hours after leaving work, and he was lucky. We were watching the 11 o’clock news, and their Live Team Coverage™ showed miles of stopped traffic on I-5 and I-205. One guy in downtown Portland said it took four hours to get from Lloyd Center (which is normally about a 10-minute trip).

Yes, there are snow tires for scooters, but ice and snow are where I draw the line. The GTS is much too expensive to fix if it gets broken (and so am I), so why tempt fate?

The weather forecast for New Year’s Day sez “Rain.” If that’s the case, I’ll go for a ride. I have rain gear. Favicon

  1. December 30, 2009 2:28 pm

    Prudent! You made the right choice.

    I’m tempted to try the MP3 in the snow if we get some, but somehow I suspect I’ll probably opt out -:)

    Happy New Year, Orin!

  2. Macavite permalink
    December 30, 2009 3:38 pm

    I saw the flakes start to come down and took off for home right then. About 30 minutes after I got home our little NoPo sidestreet was impassable (for a bike). My wife had to take transit home and leave her bike in a parking garage.

  3. karen permalink
    December 30, 2009 7:09 pm

    I know snow makes it especially hard to travel in places that don’t usually get it—like Portland. It’s hard even when you’re used to it! Just arrived in Texas after an long drive from the north down I-35. From Albert Lea, MN to Ames, IA it was glare ice and there were over 100 cars in the ditch. Many still had people in them waiting for help. It got better but was still cold and in Missouri, on I-35 a couple miles south of the Iowa border I couldn’t believe my eyes—at first I thought it was a motorcycle but as we got close I saw it was a scooter with two people on it, all bundled up. It was 20 degrees!!! That takes a lot of fortitude! Have a great New Year.

  4. December 31, 2009 8:57 am

    Remind me again why people like the change of seasons?

  5. December 31, 2009 4:49 pm

    Dust off the snow and get rollin’!
    Wishing you a Scoot Happy New Year, Orin!!


  6. December 31, 2009 5:48 pm

    I heard about this in the Seattle news—it seems that Portland can get some really extreme weather—I always hear about your ice and freezing rain storms—now that sounds treacherous! Glad you stayed warm and dry.

  7. December 31, 2009 6:10 pm

    Yes Lance, the freezing rain can be truly frightening, and the Gorge is an awesome wind tunnel. But this thing simply caught everyone off guard. It was just cold enough to snow, so everybody bailed from work at the exact same time, and the hills on the west side are steeper and more numerous, so traffic got snarled when buses and German luxury cars couldn’t negotiate them. Ultimately, the sheer volume of vehicles was the problem, not the weather. Kinda like Seattle.

    Thanks Lawrence, and a Scoot Happy New Year to you and everyone who reads this here blog. Hope 2010 is a good year for you. I see lots of my Facebook friends are really happy 2009 is ending…

  8. January 1, 2010 11:58 am

    We seem to have a rule here in Portland for events like this. Go out and drive in it but use no skills or common sense. Get stuck somewhere. Walk away and leave your vehicle in the middle of the freeway overnight.

    Then gripe loudly about the huge tow bill when the authorities have to move your vehicle out of the way. Sheesh!

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