More snow during the night — not what a rider wants to see in the morning. A quick walk to the end of the driveway showed the street to be mostly wet. Coupled with the promise of the temperature rising above the freezing mark another winter ride on the Vespa seemed in order.
Looking at the snow covering the car, trees and house had me thinking the snow-covered hills and trails outside of town would be a winter wonderland.
This was only the second winter Vespa ride this season that I wished I had mounted the Heidenau Snow Tex tires on the scooter. While the roads were mostly wet in the valley the mountains might introduce more dubious traction. A winter rider has to consider the limits of skill and equipment.
Heading into Rothrock State Forest provided a typically beautiful encounter with nature, one made better by the fresh fall of snow. Unfortunately the journey would be cut short as the roads got worse and I had to turn back. Turning back — for some reason that’s still a discouraging decision after all these years of Vespa riding.
How much longer can it be before dealing with snow is in the rear view mirror? Looking back at the snow shrouded ridge conjures mixed feelings — a recognition of the beauty of winter, and the visceral disdain for the cold weather of the past four months. I should consider myself lucky I don’t live in Alaska.
Soon it will be time to wash the winter from the scooter. A labor that I won’t shirk but engage as a ritual work celebrating the coming of spring and warmer days of riding.
I hope this is the last photos of the Vespa in snow I post for awhile…
Error in Judgment is a story about how a mistake regarding the weather can turn into a challenging ride home in the snow after work.