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So, what do you write about when you really have nothing to write about? I think you just yammer on about nonsensical stuff that you’re familiar with and maybe a little bit bored with.

Greg got me a kick scooter for my birthday last year (nearly a year ago)! I’ve only just started riding it recently, not due to any dislike of it at all. In fact, I love it and I had so many plans of where I’d ride it and how far (and fast) I’d go, but life got in the way. He gave it to me the day before we left for Wisconsin to attend his dad’s funeral. When we got back, we left immediately for my dad’s funeral in South Africa. When we got back from that I had a lot of catching up to do, then it was winter with ice and snow and freezing temps not conducive to scootering. Spring came around and I got busy with the garden, at the same time trying to figure out how to activate the app for the scooter (long story, but my iPhone wouldn’t download the new firmware so I couldn’t activate it – finally got it working by having Greg download it on his iPhone and then voila!). Then COVID-19 hit and there were so many uncertainties about how you could contract the virus, so I stayed home.

After a while it seemed safe to try it out, so after a few practice rides up and down my road and figuring out how to avoid bumps and holes in the sidewalks, I think I finally have it figured out. And I love it. It battles quite a bit going up even moderately slight incline’s, but I have a way to nudge it along, even though I can probably walk faster. On flat surfaces and downhill’s, it’s awesome. It is battery operated so as long as I keep it charged up when I’m home, it’s great.

So far, I’ve had it up to 17mph (for literally a second on a downhill run) and the furthest I’ve taken it on one ride was nearly 9 miles so far. My average speed is around 10-11mph. It’s been nice to take it out in the mornings when no one is around and before the cyclists get out. Cyclists are pretty dangerous, never stop at stop signs or traffic lights, don’t adhere to any rules and just plunge ahead expecting everyone to get out of their way (in my experience). I’m learning to relax my shoulders and neck and breathe deeply and enjoy the views.

Right now it’s stinking hot outside, so I won’t be taking it out. I will wait until the temperature and humidity lessens (a lot) before I venture out again, but I’m looking forward to that day. Hopefully we will have a nice long, cool Autumn so that I can make the most of it. In the meantime I will be going for my daily early morning walks to clear my head of daily nonsense.