In the spirit of "Live Strong" this winter Gary Charpentier is scootering to and from his job every weekday, riding fifty miles across the snowy frigid heart of Minneapolis and St Paul. A daily blog chronicling the adventurous experience can be read at http://www.ridetowork.org/blog/
With the recent gasoline price increases, and concerns about Peak Oil, scooters have enjoyed a renaissance in popularity. Explaining one motive for “The Baron in Winter” commute blog, Gary stated, “Ever since getting out of the Marines, I’ve missed the challenges which were a part of everyday life in the Corps, and I get bored easily with the same old routines of the 9 to 5 grind.” In addition to this new blog, he also writes a regular column in Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, and has been published in a variety of other monthly magazines.
Combine a typical Minnesota winter, a complicated commute, a bored Marine, and a motor scooter -- and the result is a daily blog of unusual interest.