Route/ETA’s

I’m excited to meet as many of you as possible, so the major towns are posted under the calendar. However, there are a lot of smaller towns in between these major vectors, so contact me if you think I will be nearby and you want to ride out or host me. The itinerary is padded with extra days, in hopes that I will be able to stay closely on schedule. I plan to be on the road for 12 weeks, ending in D.C. August 1, 2008. Calendar will update when I am on the road! Peace!

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VECTORS

Charlottesville, VA
Asheville, NC
Birmingham, AL
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jackson, MS
New Orleans, LA
Port Arthur, TX
Beaumont, TX
Austin, TX
Midland, TX
El Paso, TX
Douglas, TX
Tucson, AZ
Yuma, AZ
El Cajon, CA
San Diego, CA
Long Beach, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
San Fran, CA
REDWOODS FOREST
Mendocino County Arcata,
CA Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Wenatchee, WA
Coeur D’Alene, ID
Missoula, MT
Great Falls, MT
Circle, MT
Minot, ND
Fargo, ND
St. Cloud, MN
Minneapolis, MN
La Crosse, WI
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI T
The Windy City
Defiance, OH
Oberlin, OH
Kent, OH
Pittsburgh, PA
The Capitol

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17 Replies to “Route/ETA’s”

  1. Hey Alex, I see you’re coming to the big easy again. Hopefully, my Stella will be out of the shop by Wed.
    Treesa
    Red Stella
    New Orleans

  2. I may be able to make it out and meet you in Missoula and ride to great falls. I’ll check back with you when you’re closer. I would love to be a part of this and it would be a nice little 600 mile ride for me.

  3. hey there…can anyone tell me what is a good ‘AVERAGE” amount of miles per day you can assume when doing a long trip…1200miles or so…
    i know it depends on many factors, but for instance-i have been trying to see if alix has a chart anywhere of many miles a day she is traveling???
    thanks to anyone who responds..carol

  4. Hi Carol. I’m doing some ground support for the trip–A chart is a good idea for an item for the page. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m sure Alix has a better response than I do, but since I saw this, I can let you know what I know.

    My qualifications: I helped Alix with ground support for the trip last year, and I’ve been at the switchboard for PS 08 as well.

    I can tell you that one of the factors to consider is how experienced you are. Two more factors are the type of bike and the roads you’ll be traveling on. Alix has plotted this trip primarily on byways and backroads-for better views and to avoid fast traffic.

    First, not every scooter (nor scooterist) was built for touring. It can be done, but you and your bike should be in good shape for it. Some people who ride their scooters every day back and forth to work and around town can be pretty shocked at the rigors of even a 35 mile ride.

    Start slow and figure out what works for you. Start early in the day and have two or three possible stopping points identified for both rests and end points. Remember to give yourself a cushion of time for road and weather conditions and plenty of time to get in before dark. Stay hydrated and alert and visible while on the road.

    Remember that you’ll be fueling up every 70-90 miles and try to locate gas along the way before hand if possible. It’s not always possible, depending on your location-see above blog:)

    Alix is averaging about 250 miles per day when she rides. She has driven as few as 75 and many as 400 (Austin to Pecos, TX see http://www.peacescooter.com/peace-08/crude-oil-and-juniper/ ) but remember, she has 14,000 miles of road and long distance scootering under her helmet.
    The American Auto Association (AAA) suggests to calculate travel time by car, factor 2.5 hours for every 100 miles. A fairly dependable rule of thumb is to add an hour by scooter-again, depending on your engine size. 2.5 to 3 hours per 100 miles has been a fairly accurate guage for Alix’s 125cc.

    Good Luck with your trip and keep us posted!

  5. I see you\’re a bit more than a month away from Minneapolis. We\’ve got a very active 125 member scooter club (Hecks Angels), one of the best Genuine Scooter dealers in the country (Scooterville) and we\’re the home state of Paul Wellstone, Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey (a very, very P.E.A.C.E.ful place. I\’ll spread word you\’re coming and I\’m sure anything you might need will be waiting.

    Good riding, stay well and we\’ll see you in a month or so.

  6. Carol-glad Daphne responded. I agree with all of it-except the fueling part. On my Buddy I can get about 120 miles to the tank. SOme days it differs, depending on wind. Somedays I know to grab gas whenever, even if just a quarter tank.

    Thanks for your interest!

  7. Hi Alix, I sure hope that I am posting to the correct site and that you do read this. I found your blog several weeks ago and have been checking in every so often to see where your at and how you are doing. I have a 150cc Wildfire. I bought it last spring, but it stayed broke down first from an oil leak, then a broken belt until Jan. of 2008. I have 1034 miles on “Ruby” so far, and I absoutely love her (now that she seems to be fixed”. But I have to tell you, that I am just amazed that you can ride all the way across the country like you are doing and on a scooter at that. Did you buy those balls? and if so where can I get a pair LMAO. But seriously, I wish that I had half the guts that you seem to have to be able to just get out there and ride. If your ever on the east coast of NC, please drop me a line, I would love to meet you, and have a guest room that your always welcome to use. and when you get the time, I would love to correspond with you, I’m sure that you could give me a lot of tips that could be very helpful to me to get over this fear I have of ridding when ever there is any wind, (it scares me to death)

    Hope to hear back from you,
    Sherry in NC

  8. Hey you, when you pass through Pittsburgh, look up Mitch the Scooter Dude at Mosites Motorsports. We should have Genuines by then. 724-864-2800

    Peace, love and wet sloppy kisses

  9. I’m in the Windy City. Just put a deposit on my first ever scooter today, a 150 cc Buddy Italia! I’m picking it up next week-have wanted one for over 40 years. Just came upon your blog. It’s inspiring. I will be away from home for a week this summer, but email me and I would be thrilled to host you-I have a comfy sofa and a washer/dryer at your disposal. And the Scooterworks place where I bought my as yet unnamed Buddy is a mile away. I’d love to learn tips on packing efficiently, strategies, routes, etc.

    Nitza

  10. Oh, wow — you’re finally on your way back here to DC! My Buddy’s battery has been dead for awhile, but this is definitely a good reason to get ‘er charged up and ready to meet you as you ride into town!

  11. Hey Alix! You’re getting closer and closer eh? We’re cleaning the house this week looking forward to your arrival. Ha ha!

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