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Ride Report: Buddies & Minis

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Ride Reports

Tony, Greg & the Buddies pull up at Mini of San Diego in Kearny Mesa.


DATE: Sunday, January 16, 2011

ROUTE: Hillcrest to Kearny Mesa and back again.

MILES: 15.8

RIDERS: 3 – Greg, Tony & Steve S.

Three Sqooterheads headed north from the normal meeting spot of the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market to take three of the coolest scooters ever made (our Genuine Buddies) to see some of the coolest cars ever made (Mini Coopers) at a Sunday BBQ put on by Mini of San Diego in Kearny Mesa.

While there, we met a fellow avid scooterist named Waid, also know as Scooter Daddy, who told us about his amazing collection of vintage scooters. He even has his own web site about them:

Along the route, Steve spotted a snazzy red-and-crream Harley-Davidson that called out to his red-and-cream Buddy, El Toro. Before long, both machines were nose to nose checking each other out:

And here’s the route we took: 

From left, San Diego Sqooterheads Steve S. and Greg V. with their machines at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market just before heading south to Bonita for today's ride.

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Today San Diego Sqooterheads Tony B., Steve S. and Greg V. headed south to the charming unincorporated San Diego County community of Bonita, just east of Chula Vista. Despite cloudy skies and chilly air, the ride was more than worth it.

Our destination: a talk organized by local Humanist organizations, including the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, and featuring H. Alton Jones, author of the new book, The Man on the Bench, a riveting true story about a homeless, mentally ill man who lived on a bench in the wealthy Point Loma section of San Diego for 18 years … and how he touched more lives than anyone would have thought. We were happy to respond to the polite request to bring clean sweaters or blankets to the event to be donated to local homeless people. We dropped off two sweaters, which joined numerous other sweaters and blankets brought by the other attendees.

The route took us from Hillcrest to North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Barrio Logan, National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, and back again:



Our scooters lines up acorss the street from El Campo Santo in Old Town, San Diego, one of the oldest graveyards in the city, dating from 1849.

by Steve S.

I was the only Sqooterhead on the “Cemeteries of San Diego” Halloween ride on October 31, 2010 … but I wasn’t alone. While none of the other Sqooterheads could make the ride, I joined up with six other awesome scooterists, offshoots of the San Diego Scooter Squadron. My Buddy Pamplona — decorated with devil horns matching those on my helmet — happily rode along with a Buddy Blackjack, two Piaggio MP3’s, two Vespa LX 150’s and a Vespa GT 250.

From North Park we rode through Hillcrest to Mission Hills Park. I’ve played tennis there on several occasions … but I never knew what was on the other side of a grassy knoll across the street from the tennis courts. After parking the scoots, our ride leader led the way over the knoll, and there on tghe other side were several rows of old tombstones and grave markers.  The park had once been a cemetery, and when it transitioned to a park they placed these here in honor of its former role.

We then rode along Sunset Boulevard in Mission Hills — one of the best rides in the city, with towering palm trees and huge mansions lining each side of the road — and down the hill to Old Town and El Campo Santo (see picture above). From there, we drove through Point Loma all the way to Cabrillo Point and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The clear day afforded spectacular views of San Diego Bay, the San Diego skyline, and the Pacific Ocean below. I peeled away from my group for a few minutes to scoot on down to pay respects at the grave site of a beloved family member overlooking the ocean at Fort Rosecrans.

We then rode all the way back to Mission Hills fro a yummy brunch at The Gathering and some great conversation about scootering and other topics.

Three cemeteries, six new friends and seven scooters. A memorable Halloween indeed.

DATE: Sunday, October 31, 2010


  • A. North Park
  • B. Mission Hills Park cemetery
  • C. El Campo Santo in Old Town
  • D. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
  • E. ‘The Gathering’ restaurant in Mission Hills

MILES: 23.1

RIDERS: 7 – Steve S. and six members of the San Diego Scooter Squadron

Trip Report: Sunset Cliffs Ride

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Ride Reports

  • DATE: Sunday, October 24, 2010
  • A. START: Hillcrest Farmer’s Market
  • B. DESTINATION: Sunset Cliffs
  • C. STOP-OFF: Ocean beach
  • D. END: Tony’s pad, Mission Hills
  • MILES: 16.4
  • RIDERS: 4 – Tony, Steve K., Greg, Steve S.
  • TRIP NOTES: After a week of rain and clouds, Sunday brought out the sun and warmth so perfect for a pleasant scooter ride through Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Old Town and Point Loma to the spectacular destination of Sunset Cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After a coffee stop on Ocean Beach’s funky Newport Avenue and some sightseeing at the beach, we headed to the finish line at Tony’s pad in Mission Hills.This ride will go down in history as the inaugural ride of the newly formed San Diego Sqooterheads scooter club.
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