I saw this Buddha statue in the hollow of a tree toward the end of a ride. It highlighted what I was experiencing on the scooter — a deliberate and ongoing rumination of thoughts and questions that cloud my mind along with a more and more focused recognition of the world as experienced as a scooter rider.
Sometimes it’s nice to let body and mind free for a few moments to seek some natural balance.
It was still cool, low sixties, when I rode over Bald Eagle Mountain on a wonderfully twisting road complete with a hairpin turn. The challenge was to let go of plan and expectation so I could be present for whatever presented itself rather than be completely locked in my head.
I saw a half dozen deer in the middle of the road during the ride included a couple of clumsy fawns.
Could pass up an opportunity to check out the view from a newly cut woodlot. A short ride off-road on the scooter reminding me of how versatile the Vespa actually is. While not a dirt bike the scooter can easily handle most of what a casual rider would encounter off-road.
I try and make photographs that reflect what I saw and felt on the road. They serve as snippets of memory recording the stories made up by the details discovered during a ride. That’s not dependent on riding a Vespa or connected to any particular camera.
When I first stopped at the limestone plant I lined up the scooter in the picture but something was missing — the old railroad tracks. They were part of what I felt about the place.
Didn’t go far on the ride, less than 50 miles, but I’ve learned that I can get my head focused in a way to see and experience more. It’s not just fun, it’s a Vespa meditation.