Weather: 26Â°F (-5Â°C)
Today I unmasked the Mysterious Red KLR Guy. He is not my doppelgÃ¤nger. I couldn’t grow a mustache like that in a million years.
It’s kind of sad, now that I think about it. Kind of takes some of the zest out of my daily ride. But while I have lost a mysterious character in my day-to-day story, I may have gained a new friend.
His name is Steve, and he is a daily motorbike commuter. This morning he was riding his black Kymco Bet and Win 150. Nice scoot. The chassis is very similar to Scarlet’s, but he has a much better headlight.
We came together at a fortuitous stretch of West River Road. He raised his hand to wave, as he always does, and I waved my arm crazily, motioning him over to the turnout on my side of the road. He slowed and did a smooth U-turn, and pulled up next to me.
I introduced myself, and we shook mitten-clad hands. I told him about this blog, and that he had been a recurring character in it. He had no idea. However, he had seen me on TV, last Winter with the Red Baron.
Then I told him about First Thursday, which happens to be tonight. Steve said he will try to make it, if he can “get away”. If he shows up, I will have to get a photo of the two of us with our scoots. He tells me that he doesn’t intend to ride all Winter long, like I do. But we’ll see if I can’t give him some tips that will extend his riding season a little bit.
Yes, it’s First Thursday again (already!). I can’t believe how quickly October passed. It is only supposed to get up to about 37Â° F today, so I’m betting only the hardcore riders will show up at Dulono’s tonight. That’s all for the better, as I can spend more time with my friends and move around more freely. The crowd scene during the normal season gets to be too much.
Well, it’s time to punch the clock and get to work. I’ll write up First Thursday tomorrow.