Go On, Scoot!
Trip Start Aug 12, 2009
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This was true in much of Europe in the 1950s and 60s too and while in Britain at least it would be easy to blame the weather for why everyone jumped into cars, looking at the likes of Spain, staying dry was clearly not the only reason.
We had already become accustomed to scooter life in Thailand and the joys of being able to get around easily and cheaply are obvious to most
Steve has some previous form for dodgy motorcycles from his misspent yoof, and true to form having agreed to pay the princely sum of NT$10,000 (about £200) for our Yamaha Super Jog, halfway back home, we hit a pot-hole and the fairing fell off. Fortunately our local garage soon drilled some extra holes into it and fixed it back on, for free!
So we soon began to explore, heading up mountains, and across rice paddies, finding tribal towns, canyons, waterfalls and some wonderful country villages. During these trips we get the warmest of welcomes from locals who unlike the city people, are not used to seeing us white folk. We get given snacks, invited in for tea, goodies given to us to take home, ushered into family barbecues and generally great times, even if conversations are limited.
In a bold attempt to find some hot-springs one day, we climbed and climbed to the top of a mountain and in so doing ran low on petrol
And we are not alone in enjoying the weekend excursions to the hills. We are frequently joined by friends as we go further and further afield. A friend sold us his Kymco Jockey so we have now become a two scooter household. The Sunday drive has become one of the highlights of the week.
As for city driving, it is simply the finest way to keep those reflexes fresh and reactions sharp as one tries to second guess what the rest of Taiwan's traffic will do next, literally anything is possible.
So they are cheap to buy, cheap to run, cheap to insure, quicker than a car, easy to park and leave a very silly grin on the face. The difficulty of car parking is one reason why the scooter may not have had its day just yet.
Hearing comments from friends at home about how much it costs to fill the car up these days, the costs of commuting, parking and so on, we were having a coffee the other day and started to speculate: imagine if people back home discovered the joys of scooting, wouldn't that be a great way forward......
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