Friday, July 17, 2009

Into Each Life a Little Rain Must Fall

We've been having afternoon rain showers here for the last couple of weeks, so it's not surprising that I got stuck in some rain while shopping at Walmart. It's best not to get the TravelScoot wet, but it was raining a bit when I went to my vehicle so I decided to see how it would work out. I was driving our Odyssey, which was great because I could put the back of the van up and keep me and the scoot dry while I loaded the groceries. I was feeling really brave and decided to go back in the store for more things. Let me just say that making a 180 degree turn at the same time you're pulling a grocery cart, just starting the scoot AND going up an incline is not a good idea. Especially not in the rain. Yes, you guessed it. My battery overloaded.

No problem. I turned around to go back down the same incline I had just come up. I stayed on the scoot, left the battery turned on, and gave it a hard push with my feet. (Thank you Rhonda for the brilliant idea!) Yeah, the battery started right back up. At the bottom of the incline I made another 180 degree turn while pulling a grocery cart, just starting the scoot and going up an incline. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that, yes, you guessed it -- the battery overloaded again. Now I'm sitting in the middle of the parking lot aisle, wet, laughing, and looking around to see who might be watching me, or making a cool "stupid scooter tricks" YouTube video.

I stayed on the scoot yet again, left the battery turned on and gave it a hard push with my feet. THIS time once the battery came back on I kept going before I turned around and gave myself a running start as I tried the incline again. I'd also let go of the cart so I wasn't dragging that extra weight. Success! Wet, but no worse for the wear, I headed back into Walmart and did another round of shopping. By the time I checked out the second time, I was just about dry.

Unfortunately it was still raining. Oh well!


  1. What a terrible shopping day!

    I have yet to overload the battery on my scoot, the only time I have came close is when I got the back wheel stuck on the corner of a display case and was giving it the "gas" and it wouldnt go... durrr... the red light flashed and thats when I noticed I was hung up on the corner.

    I have shopped with mine in the rain.. and it was pouring rain. I just went as briskly as I dared into the store and backout. By the time I got it out of the trunk I was soaked, same story when I was putting it back in.

    Sorry you had such a moist day.

  2. It actually was more funny than it was terrible. It's interesting that you haven't overloaded yours yet, I seem to do it regularly. Oh well!

  3. I don't think I encounter near as many inclines as you do. Some of the parking lots have a slight slope to them, but no inclines that are very steep.

  4. i ride to the club for cards and here in south florida it rains a bit every afternoon in the summer so i bring a big umbrella and hook it on the front and if it's raining i just pull it out and fly! but then i am not full of shopping stuff at the time either...

    smiles, bee

  5. What about the scooter tipping over? Should you wear a helmet?

  6. Hello.I bought a rain cape for a bicycle from
    Ebay australia For my scoot it covers the handle bars and back Rest the only parts of me that get
    wet is my face and my feet.I also fitted a piece
    of Plastic over the Battery It is 33 iches long and 12 iches The type of plastic that people use to protect Carpets. I cut Two small holes for the hoop to go through, It also covers the Moter
    and the red conecter. I only use the plastic if
    i Think that it is going to rain..Bye from Peter

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