Insufficient to push itself plus 160 pounds of me

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/10/16 03:01 -04:00, original URI:

Long time readers may remember back in April of 2005 when in Getting enough exercise? I talked about my adventures with a scooter that broke on the way back from Typhoon! in Redmond to my apartment, and the long walk I did pushing a scooter for a not-so-insignificant chunk of time.

I swore I'd never put myself in that situation again.

Famous last words, right?

Because yesterday I had to sign over the title of the Saab (ref: Another death in the family) plus clean out my personal items, and the place I had to go to was over on Redmond Way heading out towards Issaquah.

And I chose to tempt fate and scoot over there, with the big scooter so I could fit everything that was sitting in the car.

You probably know where I am going with this now.

Because I ran out of juice in the batteries about halfway through that bike path off of 520.


Now this time I did not have push the scooter. It still had enough power to push itself.

However, it did not have enough power to push itself plus 160 pounds of me.

So I just had to walk next to the scooter and hold the lever, resting occasionally by just sitting down in the scooter.

This is of course in marked contrast to the previous time, when actual engine problems caused it to be unable to run, even without me in the driver's seat.

I made it home alive, though quite exhausted.

Interestingly, I felt a bit like I imagine the Saab felt just before it died.

And swearing I'd never put myself in that situation again.

An oath that I fully intend to live by, until the next time....

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Dale on 16 Oct 2008 2:19 PM:

"Because I ran out of juice in the batteries"

Garnnnn Michael, you're a tech.  Why havn't you hacked that thing for longer battery life yet?  :-)

Michael S. Kaplan on 16 Oct 2008 4:10 PM:


Mainly fear of voiding the warranty. :-)

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