Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I scoot therefore I am

I'm back from my cruise to Mexico. My friends and I had a great time. One of the highlights was a trip around the island of Cozumel by Scoot Coupe.

In case you've never heard of one, a Scoot Coupe is a three-wheeled scooter that looks rather like a miniature two-seater convertible. Here's a link to a pic of one: www.scootcoupe.com

(Okay, so it's a bit like a bumper car that has jumped the tracks, but still fun.)

We rode in these little guys on a tour of the island. The Carnival website says that the maximum speed on these things is 35 miles per hour, but we were barrelling along at speeds of 60 to 70 kilometers per hour, which I think translates to 36 to 42 miles per hour. That's quite a trip in a little car with no door and next to no windshield.

While we were still trying to get the hang of the things, we zoomed through downtown Cozumel, and then it was off to the less developed side of the island. Our first stop was a place called the Pee Pee Station. Yes, it is what you think it is, but it also sells lovely black coral jewelry.

Then, it was off to the highest point on the island to take pictures of the water crashing against the rocks. That stop alone was worth the risk of swallowing bugs on the Scoot Coupes.

Next stop was the San Francisco Beach Club for a buffet lunch and a little time on the beach. We had a very Tex-Mex style meal of fajitas, rice, and beans. Can you saw "Tourists Only"?

Finally, we sped our way back to where we started and headed to the shops to transfer some of our money into the hands of the locals.

Worn out by our day in the sun, we returned to the ship well in time to avoid watching the back of the cruise ship as it sailed out of port leaving any of our group to figure out alternative transportation home.

Next post -- the towel wars.

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