When ambitions are confused with abilities ….
After spending a week on the back of a scooter Kim decided it was time to the bull by the horns as they say and give this scooter riding a proper go. With a little hesitation and Duane standing close-by I got on and scootered around the grass area by our bungalow. After a few minutes I felt like I was starting to get the hang of things and this wasn’t so difficult after all. That was scooter attempt number 1 – a success
A few days later we were heading to breakfast but headed back to the bungalow as we had forgotten something. As Duane ran into the room he yelled over his shoulder ‘practice riding, I’ll be back in a minute. Ride safe.’
On I hoped with no hesitation and I was off. I turned to the right and noticed big bump in the grass ahead of me. I didn’t know what to do. Go faster, go slower? All I knew was not to use the front brake - this was something Duane had drummed into me for the past week! Bump was coming fast, I panicked and vrooooom hit the accelerator, turned the handles and went straight into a concrete pylon and then into a metal power-tower. Next thing I’m on the ground, the bike is on-top of me and Duane is running.
He found me under the scooter a little shaken but at this point nothing hurt … That lasted about 2 minutes. Then slowly over the next 10 minutes as the shock wore off the pain got worse and worse. A huge bruise was already forming on my thigh and I had a bump on my elbow so big it looked like I’d grown a second one!
Over the following days the bruise got worse and the bump on the elbow went down. I still (3 weeks later) have pain in my elbow that I am hoping will go soon. The bruise has finally gone but there is another thing that is very damaged and will take a fair while to repair – my ego!
I can not believe that I (careful, scaredy cat Kim) crashed a scooter in Thailand! I thought I was smarter than that … But it turns out this is not true!
We had to pay for the front of the bike to be replaced which was an expense we were not expecting but all in all it could have been worse and it was a lesson learnt of how bad things can be when you confuse ambitions with abilities – yes, I would love to ride a scooter, but NO, no I can’t!