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the duke of hazard

China transport
Just four weeks ago I was in my cozy Atlanta apartment. Now I'm driving this scooter down a narrow lane in the middle of China. I'm desperately steering the bike while filming with my left hand. I look back at the people behind me and scan the driveways in front of me.

What has caused me to tempt disaster? It's all for the photo. What else?

I've uploaded a couple of videos to give you a feel for the drive. Remember that this is NOT a typical ride. These were shot while the streets were virtually empty. No humans were harmed in the filming. No one was run over by me. I was not crushed by the large truck that suddenly cut across my lane.

No, I filmed this in relative calm because I wanted to live long enough to upload it to the blog. Nor did I take this when it was raining. That adds another exciting element to the mix. That's because the front brake only grabs the front tire. If I panic, which I hate to admit I often do, my front tire slides along the pavement and the back of the scooter slides around to my right in a jack-knife fashion.

Don't ask me how I know this.

I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila. - Anon

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