Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Snow Of The Season Adventures

The winter weather arrived today in a real hurry. An hour before, JayBee and I had been on this stretch going in the opposite direction in a cold rain. By the time we arrived back at his digs, the roads had become downright covered and slick. Now as I sit to type this post, the rain has returned making a slushy mess of all the local roads. By the way, the above photo is a stretch of four lane freeway that was narrowed down to one lane in each direction by the snowfall.

The word is, that the snow event is "punch" number one in a "1-2-3 punch" system of storms set to wreak havoc in the area through Monday night. The balance of today has heavy rains and strong winds forecasted. Tomorrow is supposed to offer up what they are calling the "Big Kahuna" storm with "potentially damaging winds, and river flooding rains." Sustained winds projected at 40+ mph, and gusts to 60+ are on the way from the south, so my best hopes are that the Olympic Mountains will buffer the winds, and hopefully spare us the brunt of this "punch." Hurricane force winds are forecasted on the Pacific coast, and I hope that they stay out there.

Anyway, the reason for the roadtrip this morning was that JayBee has a line on a 1980 Vespa P200 for sale from some cat in Sequim. We rolled down to have a look, and it looked to be in real straight shape. I even took it out for a short spin in the rain. After an impressive first kick start, we rolled it out of the covered parkway and tried to get it to go in a forward direction down the street. A little choking, and some time to let it warm up had me strapping on a helmet and plopping down on the drenched seat. I had to really twist hard to get the shifter into first, but was finally able to get her to roll. The gear selection process process took some effort due to some real tightness, but once I found 3rd gear, I was pretty much flying. After finally rolling back under the dude's covered driveway dripping wet, I found that JayBee had pretty much sewed up the deal with the guy. And for the price that they agreed on, my Geezer brother scored a very sweet deal.

Now, the trick will be to get the old beige beauty home. If this bleak forecast holds true, who knows what kind of adventure we will have just getting it back to JayBee's shop. Through rain, snow, flood or blow, it looks like my old pal the scooter bum is going to add another ride to his stable. Then the real adventure can begin!

Have fun,


Blogger Steve Williams said...

Winter has arrived here as well. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and the dreaded salt trucks. I was outside a short time ago trying to decide if I was going to venture to work on the Vespa. The weather forecast calls for snow, sun, rain, wind, snow, sun. And the entire time the temperature will hover around the freezing mark so who knows...

The P200 sounds like a nice scooter to have. How long will it take for your geezer brother to transform into something cooler now that he has a Vespa???

Careful in the bad weather.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

7:59 PM  
Blogger irondad said...

I taught the last class of the year this weekend. It snowed on Saturday. I was close to shutting things down but it didn't quite get there. The students seemed to think it was neat. Flakes swirled as the bikes stirred them up.

Sunday brought the slam of wind and rain. This group won't be fazed by bad weather later, I'll tell you! By the way, our coast near Tillamook had a 129 mph gust!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Orin said...

Congrats to JayBee on his new toy! I seem to remember seeing that bike on Craigslist, mainly because there have been a series of P200Es for sale at fire-sale prices in the last several months, but my present financial condition prevented me from buying any of them (the '81 in Ferndale for two grand hurt the most...).

Shifter cable adjustment and lubrication would proabably resolve the shifting issue.

Have fun,
Scootin' Old Skool

1:05 PM  
Blogger Bill Sommers said...

One difference in your forecast from ours, is that we didn't have any sun. We received everything else in spades.

The P200 might just be the ticket to Coolsville for Geezer JayBee. Some lubing, adjusting and tuning will have him whizzing down the road soon.

That last class will be memorable for all involved. Those folks will always have a story to tell.

Wasn't that storm brutal? Seems like each year we end up with wilder weather. The ten year storms are coming every year.

All JayBee needs to do, is secure the hard cash to hand over, and he's there. I won't disclose the sale price yet, but I will say that it is the sweetest deal I've seen in a long doggone time!

JayBee's plan is to run the Vespa over to Big Peoples' to have them run through it to get it up to snuff. Then he'll hopefully ride the crap out of it.

Have fun,

9:11 AM  

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