The weather forecast for Sunday looked good and a little scooter exploring was on. Last week took me down to St. Augustine and this trip would be North on A1A to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach with the help of the Mayport Ferry. The ride out to Mayport was pleasant and the views while crossing the Intra Costal Waterway were nice. I arrived at the ferry landing just as the Jean Ribault was pulling out. Oh well, stretch out on some rocks in the shade and watch the boat traffic on the St. Johns. Soon it was time to make the crossing.... Looking back at the pilot house... Some of the local fishing fleet...fresh Mayport shrimp are sooo delicious! In the first photo looking off the bow, you may see a fairly large white vessel on the other side of the river. While waiting for the ferry to return I asked one of the attendants about the ship. He told an interesting tale of how it was built for research. It led a secret life as a spy ship for the CIA!:eek1 Five bucks and fifteen minutes later we were ordered to disembark. From here, A1A heads towards Little and Big Talbot Island State Park. Beautiful open beaches with no development could be glimpsed. Maybe when it cools down a trip with some beach walking can be arranged. Taking a break I was treated to these views of the marshes and tidal creeks. Love those live oaks and the moss.... Back on the highway, cruising along about 50-55 I soon reached the Amelia Island Resort area. It is quite built up, but not in an obtrusive way. The road is set far enough off the shore there are no views of the beach itself until you reach Fernandina Beach. Typical beach bungalow architecture ranging from shabby to sheik. Great beach! Wide strand and not crowded. I was now thirsty and hungry. Time to head to the old part of Fernandina. The Palace looked like a happening place... A sandwich and cold drink in the AC refreshed me for the ride back. There is a bit of a "Pirate" thing going on here and lots of history... Nice, classic "Old Florida" architecture... On the way back down the road, another rest area beckoned. Tired from the heat and sleepy from the food; I flopped on a table and took a short nap. What a view when you open your eyes! This Piaggio Fly 150 sort of "found" me last week. A chap staying in my RV park saw us removing a generator from an old motor coach. He was keenly interested, saying "I could use that". He knew I liked scooters and showed me the Piaggio asking if a trade might be in order. My Multiple Bike Disorder kicked in and the deal was done. It is a fun scoot. Plans are to keep it in Florida while my "new to me" Vespa will go home to the mountains. I passed the ferry heading back and took US 17 south through downtown (pretty quiet on a Sunday afternoon) and home to Yukon. It was hot, typical of the "dog days" of August. Riding along the coast and feeling the cooler sea breeze was refreshing. The "new" scoot is a fun ride and just being out on two wheels was great!