The Pacific Northwest has had a very mild winter this year (thank you El Niño), making riding not only possible, but even comfortable. Firkin SC member Shaun Hunt tells us about a ride the Tacoma crew went on, after the jump.
Real estate moguls and Firkin SC members Lars and Karen recently sold their Vashon Island abode, emigrating to a sprawling patch of land hidden in the pine-scented recesses on the fringe of Puyallup, Wash. Little did they know the basic necessities we take for granted — water, electricity, heat, etc. — would not be available until the ink had dried on the purchase and sale agreement. That didn’t happen until the end of January.
To celebrate, Karen organized a Scooter Brunch. The bait was set, the lures colorful and attractive. A group of intrepid riders from Tacoma gathered at Dockside Donuts to fuel up on Angel Bars, Jellies and Old Fashioneds. chased thirstily with caffeine before heading for the back country roads.
Upon navigating pink flamingos, a slick muddy trail and goats swearing with an English accent, a smorgasbord of yummy goodness awaited the 22 scooterists: A joint of Ham, the best bacon this side of England, waffles, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bromosas and, of course, beer.
It had become apparent the gremlins of winter storage had manifested themselves in some of the vintage scoots. Sloppy clutch cables, fuel starvation, odd noises, elusive spark and shifting issues befell many of the old-skool machines.
After everyone was sated and slaked, and the tour of the 2½ acres had been concluded, a compromise was reached: all in attendance would head to the Exchange Tavern, a 20 minute ride away, to slurp on adult nectar. That short hop proved to be a challenge for one rider. After thirsts had been quenched those who had the wherewithal would continue on to the sci-fi sounding town of Electron, Wash. to be greeted by the mountain men of Kapowsin. Their celebrity drink of choice is a can of Milwaukee’s Best. It was quite a novelty to see a gaggle of scooters raging through town.
It was a surprisingly mild day for January, with only a slight risk of rain. Some did realize maintenance needed to be done before rally season arrives in full force. —Shaun Hunt
The Firkin Scooter Club attempts to a hold a ride every month of the year come rain or shine. Snow and ice is a different matter…