Karie on May 26th 2008 10:25 pm
I have a newfound appreciation for windshields.Â Iâ€™m not sure which is worse: getting a bug bite, or getting hit in the face by a bug at 40 mph.Â The former usually goes unnoticed at the time of the event, but then youâ€™re left with the itchy bite; whereas the second stings at the time but doesnâ€™t leave any damageâ€¦ that is, except the memory.
Scott was probably the most affected, after getting a bug in the mouth while driving the motor scooter.Â I was sitting behind him and heard â€śPppffftttthhh!!!!Â YUCK!!!â€ťÂ I couldnâ€™t stop laughing, but knew that I better keep my mouth shut for fear of karma.Â It seems the Croatian bugs had a thing for me anyway, so I didnâ€™t want to take any chances.
Other things I learned while riding a scooter:
1. Tunnels are really reallyÂ cold
2. 40mph feels like 100mph (especially in tunnels)
(click here to see a brief example of #1 and #2)
3. Bikes with motors are better than bikes with pedals (people you pass on bicycles also know this)
4. Helmet head is worse than regular hat head
There are obviously millions of people around the world who ride scooters every day, but this was all new to me.Â I kinda felt like a kid riding a roller coaster for the first time.Â Ok, so I am easily amused.
John & Mary were on a separate scooter, so we followed each other through the hills and along the coastline, in search of great views and lavender fields â€“ both of which are in abundance on Hvar.Â It was beautiful.Â In fact, if it werenâ€™t for dirt, bugs, allergies, and lack of fashionable footwear, Iâ€™d totally be a nature girl.Â The bugs were big enough to saddle, or at least as I recall.Â Scott didnâ€™t seem to notice them (except the one that flew into his mouth), John swatted them, Mary named them, and this city girl did her best to keep the squealing to a minimum.
Despite the bugs (and dirt, etc.), I still loved motoring around the island.Â It was a great way to get off the beaten path and see what life on the island really looks like.Â Itâ€™s also how we came across one of our best and most authentic Croatian mealsâ€¦ and Iâ€™m always willing to sacrifice a few comforts for a good meal and a cool photograph.