Monday, February 26, 2018

Where I Belong

Since the 2018 Scooter Cannonball Run route was revealed, one day at a time over the past couple of months, I have been studying each day.

Several, especially the early days, appear to be quite difficult.

These days have long, twisty climbs into and out of the mountains.  Several of these add dirt and gravel to make for long days, especially considering that some are well over 400 miles.

I was getting a little concerned until recently.

When I got onto Rocket to ride to St. Petersburg to meet Ken and Gary for a five day ride around Florida last week, within the first hundred miles I again realized that enjoy riding these scooters more than anything in my life. 

It is where I belong.

So, instead of worrying about the long days, I am embracing them.  Dirt,,,who cares.  I have ridden worse roads than these. 

And these roads are through some of the most dramatic scenery anywhere.

Sequoia National Forest
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Glen Canyon Recreation Area
Moki Dugway

These are some of the places I have been wanting to ride for years.

I am in for a month long, 5500 mile ride when getting to the start from Seattle and riding home from Virginia Beach are factored in.

What could possibly be more fun than that?

The adventure begins in mid May where I left Vanessa after 2016.  Seattle.


  1. Dear Bill, I have purchased Burgman 200 - heresy I know my first Japanese scooter - which will allow me to ride out of the Keys. Might actually be a good ride for a future Cannonball if it is as advertised! I look forward to riding with you and hearing Cannonball stories if you drop me a line in the future.
    Key West

  2. Hi Michael, That is indeed good news (better would have been you buying a Velpa GT, better in every way), but the 200 Bergman is a nice scooter. Kevin from Gainesville rode the Bergman 200 in last year's Cannonball. He was able to pass me into the wind on I-80 in Wyoming. It was reliable too. I will greatly enjoy riding with you in the near future. Should you have time, a good size group is heading to Arcadia to kayak on the Peace River in a couple of weeks. Not too far for you, especially on the Burgman, to join us. If not, we will get together soon. Ciao, Bill

  3. That would be fun. Two weeks is not possible with my schedule if 17 or 24 March. You know I looked for a GT but the only decent one (to my eye) was in San Francisco for $3500 - pricey ( and lovely) and far! I will keep the ET4 after I sell the S150...always have a Vespa around. Look forward to riding and passing you!

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    1. I heard from Russ. We can test the performance of your new Burgman. It will be great to have you ride with us.