was the persistent echo…..urging me into the belief I could ride cross country on a scooter.

I, too was the owner of a 49cc Honda Metropolitan. When I found Laird Van Dyck’s (brief) account of his 9,000 mile cross country ride-it was all green lights. Without furthur ado:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/vandyck/ 

P.S. It’s not a pretty website. But, it’s a heck of an accomplishment.