I think this picture says it all.
I’ve got her back, you guys. When my stepfather-in-law Don pulled up with Mia in the back of his truck, I leapt to the window like a cat (and almost fell off the couch, like a cat) I was so freaking excited. I had to try not to flail the entire time Ross and Don rolled her off the truck. She’s a little dinged up, thanks to some jerk fratboys who knocked her over last fall when Damion had her up at Purdue, but it’s nothing a little TLC and conveniently placed stickers can’t fix.
She rides as good as ever, thanks to a new spark plug, new belt, and fresh gear oil (many thanks to Don for taking care of that!) – and she feels so zippy and nimble. (I think me losing 20 pounds since the last time I rode her regularly might have something to do with that…) I should probably swap out her slider weights at some point, but I’m gonna need some help with that – I wonder if I can convince Scott to help with that. If not, I guess Mia will be taking a trip up to Indy or down to Jasper (where the nearest Genuine dealerships are) in Haku, my friend Kasi’s truck.
I rode her down to Cascades, like I do for my first trip with whatever scooter I end up taking care of for a bit (or owning a second time, in the case of Mia and Scooterlou), and I just about cried when I got her down to my usual parking spot by the tree in the lot I typically park in. There was a scooter-shaped hole in my life for a year, and I kind of got used to it. I covered over that hole with getting more used to driving. I tried to fill it with trying to learn how to ride a motorcycle. (That didn’t go well.) I did get to fill it briefly when I borrowed Worf, J’s amazing Honda Reflex, but you know me and old Hondas – we don’t get along very well – and I eventually gave up on riding him, because I could never get him warmed up enough before I went riding. I got spoiled by Mia – when the weather’s nice, just fire her up, give her a minute, and off we go.
I rode Mia to work this morning, and it’s like we were never apart – although my scooter muscles have atrophied a little, I can’t yank her around quite as well as I used to, and she feels a little heavier than she used to. I’ll fix that, though. And hey, who knows, once my muscles get used to hauling around 200 pounds of scooter again, maybe I’ll feel strong (and brave!) enough to haul around 360 pounds of motorcycle. (I just need to renew my motorcycle permit…)
Mia’s current odometer reading: 7708 miles