Hi! I’m Shaun… from Tucson! I met Alix a few days ago and decided to join her for a portion of the P.E.A.C.E. Scooter ride around the country. I started in Tucson, and I’ll be riding to San Francisco with Alix. I will then do the trip home, along a different route, alone.
Along the way, I’m going to try to blog regularly about my thoughts and experiences. I guess I should start by saying I’m new – very new – to scooting. Prior to joining this ride, I’d logged roughly 600 miles on my very first scooter, a Buddy International, St. Tropez. 4 days into the trip, I find myself in San Diego, with about 1,300 miles on the odometer.
So what is a brand new rider doing out on the open road, riding a 150cc scooter on a large leg of a cross country trip? Is this a healthy idea? Well, yes and no, I believe.
Strictly from a riding perspective, a trip such as this one would definately NOT be something I’d suggest or recommend to a rider of my experience level. I knew going in that I was submitting myself to a baptism by fire, taking varied and non-trivial risks by placing myself into situations that were beyond my skill level. A disclaimer is definately warranted: DON’T try this at home! 🙂
That said, I’ve always been someone who likes to push the edge of the envelope. So, being cognizant of the considerable risks that a new scooterist would be exposed to on a trip like this, and weighing those risks against the reasons why I wanted to be here, I elected to accept them.
Back to my original question though, why exactly am I here? In a word, I’m here to learn.
Clearly I will become a much better scooterist during this process. I already have in many ways, but I still have a long way to go. More importantly though, I hope to arrive back home with a pleathera of knowledge and perspective on a topic that I’ve not been exposed to very much;the peace movement. I also hope to meet many fellow Americans on this journey, gathering perspective on what it means, and what it IS, in a broad sense, to be an American citizen in 2008, through the eyes of others.
Education is of such fundamental importance. I don’t think we should ever allow ourselves to cease learning and become apathetic. When we stop learning, we stop living.
I hope that the people I meet on this journey will learn a few things from me as well. One thing which is exemplified by this trip is that transportation really can be sustainable. I really think the best way to teach is by example, and I hope that by seeing scooters on the open road, people will come to see them as less of a toy or RV, and more of a sustainable, affordable method of transit.
So that’s a bit about me and what I’m doing out here on the road with Alix. I hope you enjoy my posts, and I’ll try to write a few more along the journey. Please feel free to leave me comments. I love to read them, and I’ll probably be pretty active with you in the comments section of my articles!