I left the motel early so I could stop and buy batteries for my camera and arrived at Skinner's right on the money. No one was there yet but just as I shot a picture of the empty street Allan the technician pulled up in his van and a couple of minutes later John and his wife (she does the books, etc) arrived.
Angel, John's 3-year old Golden Retriever was there too, ready to get to work in the tail wagging department.
|Hey, anybody see my toy? Huh? wag wag wag|
|Seeming oddly out of place, a small Sears scooter sits on display in the showroom. John collects scooters with a special liking for old Sears branded machines, most of which were made by Puch, an Austrian maker in the 40s -60s.|
|Allan and John confer on the day's scheduled work. I'm first up.|
|Small collectibles abound, Triumph restoration projects need these items|
|The morning wears on, tail wagging takes its toll making a nap mandatory|
John raced flat track motorcycles professionally for years before retiring. More recently the AMA invited him to return to the sport, this time for vintage trophy races. He's done so and is having a ball.
|John's flat track bike|
|A room full of old scooters|
|This is a "Twingle" head, rare as can be|
With the tour completed it's time for lunch and John's wife goes to pick up Chinese food and Allan sets the table on the front sales counter. We all sit down for lunch but business carries on and John tends to two customers while we eat. You can tell everyone is accustomed to this, it's a very informal relaxed way of doing business.
|I think guests should be the ones who clean up. Mmm?|
|Several used bikes for sale are rolled out in front of the shop during the day|
|My cool new shirt|
I head back to the motel and re-install the panniers making ready for tomorrow's ride. The new tires feel good, the bike's gassed up and ready to go. Tomorrow should be a great day.
|The new front tire|
|The tread design is supposed to focus on touring. I like it.|