Posted July 17th, 2009, 08:43 PM
I do have a question for you about scooters. I can't decide whether or not to rent one because of all the stories you hear about Bermuda streets.
We stayed in Bermuda 6/28 to 7/5 and rented a scooter. I wasn't worried about driving the scooter, as I rode motorcycles for about 25 years. What was a bit worrisome was driving on the left and the round-abouts.
There's a big sticker on the handlebars of the scooters that says "KEEP LEFT." And their saying is "Left is right, right is wrong."
Driving on the left was okay after just an hour or so. I found it best to think twice when turning at a stop sign or light, you have to be sure to pull out in the correct lane. And to look for approaching traffic from the correct direction. Even on day 7 I wasn't too comfortable in a round-about -- I tried to be very alert when going through those. In the end it worked out well, we didn't get hurt and we absolutely loved being able to go where we wanted, when we wanted. We spent the better part of one day just driving and sight-seeing from beach to beach along the South Shore Road.
We did see a scooter accident, arriving just minutes after it happened. The fellow was still laying on the road and looked to be in pain. And his leg was pretty bloody too. Hope he's all right.
Gasoline is nearly $7 a gallon in Bermuda. I went through two tanks of gas in our seven days. And we avoided going any where near Hamilton between 8 and 9:30 am. And 4 pm to 6 pm, rush hour. And while Bermuda has pretty good road signs indicating which way to go, the signs are at the intersection -- you don't get any advance warning at all. More than a few times we'd overshoot a turn, have to turn around and go back.
And the funniest thing...after bouncing around Bermuda for seven days on a scooter with a questionable suspension, our aging mini-van felt smooth as silk when we got back home. We were accelerating leaving the airport and I was just amazed how smooth it felt.