Warning, this post may have moments of me feeling superior for owning a vespa.
The streets of the Brisbane CBD were packed with vehicles stuck in gridlock today, but when I got on my scooter there were no cars around for miles. The cause of the gridlock was the closure of the Ann St overpass on to the Riverside Expressway because of concerns about some cracks seen when resurfacing the road over the weekend. The reason why there were no cars around when I got on my scooter was because my Vespa was parked underneath the “potentially unsafe structure”. The chances of a failure are remote but I was quite enamoured of the idea of an upgrade to a Vespa GTS if it was crushed.
My usual walking route to the bike was blocked so I had to walk the long way round to get to it. I got to go in to the no people zone area to pick it up which was a very lonely walk. If you’ve ever seen the movie “28 Days Later” where Cillian Murphy walks the empty streets of London you’ll have some idea of how i felt. It was unusual not to have the cars rushing by overhead. Putting on my helmet I mused on how useless it would be if it collapsed right then and there.
The actual ride home was quicker than normal thanks to some directing of traffic by police. Riding over Victoria Bridge where all the buses were backed up in the bus lane I wanted to wave regally with a big grin on my face. Overtaking the stuck drivers near the convention centres I wanted to give the thumbs up. But I just kept my hands on the the handlebars and the wind in my face heading straight for home.
15 minutes later suckers. 🙂