Penn State is closed, the students are gone and the town is empty. Not a soul around. It was 13F and windy when I got up and there was a dusting of snow when I got up on Christmas morning — not ideal riding weather. The dogs weren’t overly excited either. And suddenly I’m trying to rationalize a little Christmas ride on the Vespa scooter.
It didn’t take long to hatch a plan or to convince myself it wasn’t all that cold outside. Told myself there were ideal conditions for testing the Tucano Urbano gear — the hand grip muffs and the Termoscud apron.
The test: Can I ride without the heavy winter overpants and with only my LL Bean deerskin gloves?
So off I went, fully expecting to have cold hands, legs and body.
Departing Boalsburg I endeavored to push the scooter into situations that would offer maximum chill. Spent some time at 55mph. The Termoscud kept the frigid wind away from my legs and feet leaving them remarkably warm. And the muffs kept my hands toasty with the heated grips on high.
A meandering ride through the countryside, town and then on to visit my friends Howard and Claudine — a Christmas morning tradition. There was a fire in their fireplace and a cup of hot tea and cookies. A perfect respite from a cold ride. Friends and warmth — much to be grateful for. And as I was getting ready to head home Claudine made the generous offer of sharing their Christmas meal with Kim and I.
“I’ll call when you’re order is ready,” said Claudine. And sure enough, later in the day I was at their house to pick up a delicious dinner that Kim and I had the good fortune to enjoy.
Thank you Claudine and Howard. I can’t adequately describe how much it meant to Kim and I.
Home, warm and well fed. Not bad for a Christmas day.