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Catherine DArtois:
Greetings oh wise and knowledgable Queen. I am at a loss as to which board is best suited to this query. This I address it here, trusting your redirection if appropriate.

I am at a point in my life to require mobility assistance. Having had my dear lord and husband attempt to maneuver a traditional wheelchair in TRF's sandy areas, I seek advice regarding a powered option. There are in your kingdom many who utilize such noble mounts and I seek guidance regarding the breed best suited to that terrain. A model that is also housebroken would be doubly helpful, though not essential.

Many thanks for any and all assistance in this matter!


Catherine D'Artois
McLotofUs charter member

KeeperoftheBar:
Good Day, my Lady.
I believe I am qualified to assist with you query as I have been riding StudMuffin at TRF for several years.  TRF is fairly 'rider' friendly as long as you plan ahead a bit.  Often you have to look for a good place to get on and off the walkways as they sometimes have a ridge or edge.  Staying on the roads work well and is not as rough a ride as the cobbled walkways.  You do need to keep an eye out for small holes which are easy to catch a wheel and tip you over.  However, if that happens, I have found no trouble getting help form willing people to right you and help you on yor way.  There are one or two booths that are not accessible but overall the vendors are quite helpful.  And if you do get stuck in some loose sand, as I said earlier, people are always more than happy to help, even 'danes.

I have a Pride GOGO Ultra X three wheeled scooter that gets me around very well.  It is a small scooter that disassembles into smaller pieces so it does not need a lift or van to transport.  So you do not need a large heavy scooter to get around. at TRF.   If you do not have an electric scooter, there is a booth just outside the gates which rents them.  A word of warning, they are first come, first served so I would recommend getting there before the gate opens.   They also rent manual wheelchairs but I don't recommend this unless you have a pusher to help you around.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me and I shall do my best to answer them.  I've been going to TRF for over 20 years, both walking and riding and know it fairly well.  If you attend opening , please try to look me up.  StudMuffin and I can usually be foud at the meet and greet or on the Sea Devil's deck. 

Fare thee well, My Lady.

Catherine DArtois:
Thank You, KeeperoftheBar! That's just the kind of reply I am seeking. I've got a "pusher," but the sand frustrates. If you don't mind my asking,  what portion of your typical faire day do you spend moving? I'm seeing reviews that give about a 13 mile max for the batteries. I've never measured how far we go between the camp site at row 8 and back plus all the rounds we make inside. Are there places inside where you can recharge a battery if necessary? We've got a generator at the campsite which should be able to handle overnight recharging.

Anyone else have other models/experiences for my consideration?


Catherine D'Artois
McLotofUs charter member

KeeperoftheBar:
Power is something you have to keep an eye on.  If you rent one of their scooters, you shouldn't have a problem as they are more 'industrial' sized.  Another thing, going up a slope uses more power than downhill or on the level.  So if you go to the  Sherwood Forest area, it is uphill coming back.  Also riding on the grass instead of the roads or walkways use more power due to the increased drag as does loose sand or mud.  In the past when I've camped with Phoenix Risen, I have driven from the campground to the main parking area to shorten how far I need to ride StudMuffin.  But someone always steals my parking space while I am inside the gates, so this year, with a new battery, I am planning to ride to the gates from the campground.

I generally ride over most of the village over a course of a day and StudMuffin is rated at about 8 miles (under ideal conditions) but I'll let you in on a secret...last year they put a couple of outlets in the poles of the Sea Devil's deck.  (Something I thanked Terre for several times)  Also, the Price of Wales has offered to allow me to recharge.  I even saw them run an extension cord out to a woman where the meet & greet used to gather.  But don't forget to bring your charger.

One of the larger concerns out there is rain.  Scooters and rain do not mix.  I keep a plastic bag handy to cover the tiller if a short shower comes by, or head for the POW,  but if is a major storm is predicted, I don't attend.

Hopefully we can meet and compare notes.  I plan to attend on the Big Three days, but only camp opening and AHE.

Catherine DArtois:
I found a great deal on a Pride Jazzy. New batteries. Can't wait to try it out.


Catherine D'Artois
McLotofUs charter member

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