Posted June 10th, 2005, 08:16 AM
I can speak from my own personal experience. I have been to Bermuda 3 times and have rented mopeds all 3 times. The first 2 times, I had a screaming good time, rode all around the island and never had a single worry with the moped! It really is lots of fun if you are careful!
The last time was about 3 years ago. My DH and I rented one in Hamilton and set off for St. George. THere seemed like there was more traffic this time, but we had a good morning. When we were on our way back to the ship around 4pm, it started raining on us. I mean, POURING!!!!! I was in front and he was right behind me on his moped. It was coming down in sheets right into our eyes. In retrospect, I guess we should have stopped and waited it out, but we wanted to get back and get cleaned up for our early dinner. To make a long story short, my front tire hit a sewer grate (which was about 1 inch lower than the street) and I lost control. I was fighting to get things straight again, but I was wobbling and sliding on the rain-slick street. Over the handlebars I go, sailiing onto the asphalt street and sliding about 10 feet. I was thrown over into the on-coming traffic and finally stopped less than 5 feet in front of a big truck that screamed to a stop right in front of me. Jeez, Marie---was I lucky not to be run over!
I was so lucky that I did not break anything---lost one of my favorite sandals, scraped the he** out of my arm, leg and foot. Moped was wrecked (thank goodness we had got the insurance)
It was so scary!! We took a cab back to the ship and I limped on board bleeding and looking like a war refugee. Doctored myself back in my cabin, but was sore for a week.
If you decide to rent a moped, please be careful and don't go in the rain!