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					ROADTRIP                                                                                       Scoot Around Town

WHERE: City streets.                                                 more than commuting to work. The trek inspired me to                                                                                   head for a favorite spot among scooterists: Rock Creek                                                                                 Washington. But even with the right gear, don’t be sur-
                                                                     hunt for an ideal city trip for scooter aficionados. (Note:                                                                            Park’s Ross Drive. This winding road, nestled among the                                                                                prised if your scooter turns heads.
WHY: A Sunday ride, inspired by last month’s second-                 This Road Trip works for four-wheelers, too, in case you                                                                               trees, will give you a chance to test your skills. The well-                                                                              Malinda Carbonelle, 28, of Clarksburg, has been tooling
annual D.C. scooter rally, Scootergate.                              don’t have the right license to ride; check your local DMV                                                                             paved surface gently swoops and swerves through the hills.                                                                             around on her vintage green Vespa for more than two
                                                                     for details.)                                                                                                                             Scootergate didn’t make this stop, but any trip should in-                                                                          years.
HOW FAR: About 16 miles, or one hour.                                   First stop: Vespa Washington. The sleek Georgetown                                                                                  clude a glimpse of the Italian Renaissance-inspired Tivoli                                                                                “You get a kick out of people who are surprised as hell by
                                                                     showroom touts the newest models and gear (including                                                                                   Square on 14th Street. Get a taste of the neighborhood’s re-                                                                           how fast you can go or ask you about the gas mileage or tell
            he pack swarmed, maneuvering its way through             helmets) and the staff owns several of these fuel-efficient                                                                            birth by stopping at the Gala Hispanic Theatre, a once-                                                                                you you’re cute,” she says. “It’s funny — and then annoying



T           traffic as if a single hulking entity. A steady buzz
            from the engines mimicked a wasp’s drone, ap-
            ropos as the curvy contours of the Italian Vespa
            are said to imitate the insect (and translated
from Italian, vespa means wasp). I sat glued to the back of a
lanky 30-year-old with a heavy Jersey accent, quickly learn-
ing there are few better ways to spend a lazy Sunday morn-
                                                                     bad boys. Here you can learn more about the latest Vespa:
                                                                     The GTS 250 i.e. sports a fuel-injected 250cc four-stroke
                                                                     engine that can zip along as fast as 90 mph.
                                                                        Once you’re done drooling over your dream ride, cruise
                                                                     up Wisconsin Avenue. Even from blocks away, you can spot
                                                                     the mammoth Gothic arches and flying buttresses of the
                                                                     Washington National Cathedral. The grounds are crowded
                                                                                                                                                                                                            dilapidated building, to catch the premiere on Thursday of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Caribeana Imperia,” a musical starring Trinidad’s popular
                                                                                                                                                                                                            rapso group 3canal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The final destination is the District Line, a year-old base-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ment boutique that’s a must-see for Anglophiles, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                            those fascinated with the 1960s British mod scene that
                                                                                                                                                                                                            helped propel the scooter’s popularity. Marshall Thomp-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   when it’s at every intersection.”


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Road Trip maps are available online at www.washingtonpost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sure to check before you go). Have an idea for a trip? E-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mail roadtrip@washpost.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              — Kathleen Hom


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   com/roadtrip, as are addresses and hours of operation (be


ing than cruising around the District on a sleek scooter.            with construction, but your compact scooter should have                                                                                son, a Vespa owner for seven years, stocks English clothing
   It was Scootergate, a three-day rally in June. My ride            no trouble squeezing into a parking space.                                                                                             that will both “earn you respect from the hipsters” and
made it easy to see why two-wheeling is good for so much                If you’re looking for a thrilling, knuckle-clenching ride,                                                                          make you not stick out like a sore thumb in conservative




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