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2009 Vespa GTS 250ie
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Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:31 pm quote
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Grazie!
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Vespa LX150
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Location: Saigon VN, Westminter SoCalf
Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:11 am quote
Wangta..

That is one incredible trip! I will definitly have to go on a trip like this some day. Just a quick question for you.....A trip like that is around 3000+ miles? How do you feel putting that much miles on the scooter in such a short time? The reason I asked is because your GTS is quite new, so to put that much miles on such a short time will have a lot of wear and tear on the scooter. I'm sure 3000 miles on a car in a few weeks is nothing, but for a scooter, that's a whole different story.
Ossessionato
'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:33 pm quote
vinavespa wrote:
Wangta..

That is one incredible trip! I will definitly have to go on a trip like this some day. Just a quick question for you.....A trip like that is around 3000+ miles? How do you feel putting that much miles on the scooter in such a short time? The reason I asked is because your GTS is quite new, so to put that much miles on such a short time will have a lot of wear and tear on the scooter. I'm sure 3000 miles on a car in a few weeks is nothing, but for a scooter, that's a whole different story.
So entire trip was actually 4,710 miles! Honestly, I could care less - my scooter was made to RIDE. I did not baby it when I first got it, and didn't baby it on the trip - if it breaks, it will break doing what it was made to do. Yes, it no doubt lowers the value of my scooter, but this is what I bought it for - to ride! Wear and tear comes with the territory - it cannot be avoided. When it becomes too much, I'll buy another one!
Hooked
2009 Vespa GTS 250ie
Joined: 12 Jul 2009
Posts: 108
Location: Melbourne, FL, USA
Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:17 am quote
Wangta wrote:
vinavespa wrote:
Wangta..

That is one incredible trip! I will definitly have to go on a trip like this some day. Just a quick question for you.....A trip like that is around 3000+ miles? How do you feel putting that much miles on the scooter in such a short time? The reason I asked is because your GTS is quite new, so to put that much miles on such a short time will have a lot of wear and tear on the scooter. I'm sure 3000 miles on a car in a few weeks is nothing, but for a scooter, that's a whole different story.
So entire trip was actually 4,710 miles! Honestly, I could care less - my scooter was made to RIDE. I did not baby it when I first got it, and didn't baby it on the trip - if it breaks, it will break doing what it was made to do. Yes, it no doubt lowers the value of my scooter, but this is what I bought it for - to ride! Wear and tear comes with the territory - it cannot be avoided. When it becomes too much, I'll buy another one!
Amen brother! ..and ride we shall!
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Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:19 am quote
Wangta wrote:
vinavespa wrote:
Wangta..

That is one incredible trip! I will definitly have to go on a trip like this some day. Just a quick question for you.....A trip like that is around 3000+ miles? How do you feel putting that much miles on the scooter in such a short time? The reason I asked is because your GTS is quite new, so to put that much miles on such a short time will have a lot of wear and tear on the scooter. I'm sure 3000 miles on a car in a few weeks is nothing, but for a scooter, that's a whole different story.
So entire trip was actually 4,710 miles! Honestly, I could care less - my scooter was made to RIDE. I did not baby it when I first got it, and didn't baby it on the trip - if it breaks, it will break doing what it was made to do. Yes, it no doubt lowers the value of my scooter, but this is what I bought it for - to ride! Wear and tear comes with the territory - it cannot be avoided. When it becomes too much, I'll buy another one!
That's hardcore.
Molto Verboso
1974 Rally USA 200 1980 P200e
Joined: 27 Aug 2008
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Location: Pioneer Valley Ma.
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:45 am quote
Bravo!! Adventure!!
How did you choose your route?

I don't like major highways .

What did you look for to keep you on lesser arteries?
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Genuine '05 Stella, '09 Blackjack
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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:19 pm quote
Just found this thread today and read through all of it. It was great going along on your trip vicariously. Your photos are beyond beautiful.
A long scooter trip is definitely in my future (but it may have to wait 'til the kids are out of college - a few more years).
Thank you!!
Ossessionato
'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
Joined: 06 Sep 2006
Posts: 2913
Location: San Francisco, CA
Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:03 pm quote
I consolidated all my daily feeds into a blog. More pictures will be added in the near future and some closing thoughts on the trip. Please find it here:

http://vespacrosscountry.blogspot.com
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2007 Avio Grey GTV
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:49 pm quote
Vespa USA linked to your site on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:50 pm quote
Karmann wrote:
Vespa USA linked to your site on their Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Sweet!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
63 GS160 / GT60 (X2)/ ET4 (X2)/ ET2/ 78 P200/ 67 Sprint/ 09 GTS/ 03 Ruckus/ 13 946/ 16 Prima 70/ 15 Sprint
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Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:11 am quote
I have to bump this thread as IMHO it is the thread of the year on MV and certainly worthy of somebody new catching it.

Great job Wangta!!

Best,
SDG
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Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:54 pm quote
I just had to read it all once more... great trip!

Sergei
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LX150, GTS300(black & white), GTS300(red)
Joined: 25 Dec 2008
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Location: Menifee, CA. (Land of the Dirt People)
Sat May 08, 2010 12:46 pm quote
BUMPED:

For a true epic ride I love to read over, and over.
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GTS 300 Super
Joined: 28 Sep 2009
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Mon May 10, 2010 11:59 am quote
Lifetime experience right here folks
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2010 LX150 & 2005 GTL 200
Joined: 21 Apr 2010
Posts: 77
Location: Memphis, TN
Wed May 12, 2010 9:25 pm quote
Great ride report! Very encouraging....planning a 15day trip from Memphis down the Gulf coast to Key West and back home via the Atlantic coast to Savannah, GA and East TN to Memphis. Your report makes me feel better about making this crazy decision! If you guys ever come to Memphis look up the Memphis Scooter Kings...we would love to meet you guys and hear more about your travels.
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Sat May 15, 2010 10:59 pm quote
SuLo150 wrote:
Great ride report! Very encouraging....planning a 15day trip from Memphis down the Gulf coast to Key West and back home via the Atlantic coast to Savannah, GA and East TN to Memphis. Your report makes me feel better about making this crazy decision! If you guys ever come to Memphis look up the Memphis Scooter Kings...we would love to meet you guys and hear more about your travels.
Lots of pictures and a good daily log please.....
Ossessionato
'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:06 am quote
SuLo150 wrote:
Great ride report! Very encouraging....planning a 15day trip from Memphis down the Gulf coast to Key West and back home via the Atlantic coast to Savannah, GA and East TN to Memphis. Your report makes me feel better about making this crazy decision! If you guys ever come to Memphis look up the Memphis Scooter Kings...we would love to meet you guys and hear more about your travels.
You can do it - just plan ahead, wear gear, and expect the unexpected - and ENJOY THE RIDE

oh, and take pics and post when you can
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Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:11 am quote
I see I've arrived at this thread a year late, but reading it has felt "real-time" to me. Years ago, I did a solo crossing by bicycle (NY to WA) and have ever since dreamed of doing another, this time aboard a Vespa. I've always thought that would be a piece of cake compared with pedal-power, but I now see I'm wrong. You faced challenges--mechanical difficulties, zigzagging to find Vespa shops, battling heat, cold and rain at high (to me) speeds--that would've discouraged me just as much as those daunting headwinds and hill climbs once did. My hat is off to you both. You now know that anything is possible! I wish you many more adventures in life that challenge and exhilarate you as this one has...experiences that leave you feeling totally alive, and ten feet tall.

Lew

States and provinces visited.JPG

Ossessionato
'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:47 pm quote
Sorry guys - I seemed to have deleted the server where I had all my pictures! I'm slowly re-linking them again - will also add some new ones that I didn't have time to upload before!
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Joined: 09 Nov 2010
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Location: Houston, Texas, US
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:25 am quote
That is unbelievable, incredible trip! I hope someday I will definitly go on a trip like this.
Ossessionato
'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
Joined: 06 Sep 2006
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Location: San Francisco, CA
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:37 am quote
Crap, my pictures disappeared again! Anyone have any recs for a good pic server?
Ossessionato
LX150, GTS300, BV350, EN650
Joined: 26 Jul 2017
Posts: 4335
Location: Home of the Alamo
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:45 am quote
Wangta this is such a great thread; I do hope you can get the photos back up. They ran out on me about 1/3 through.
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'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:52 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Wangta this is such a great thread; I do hope you can get the photos back up. They ran out on me about 1/3 through.
Trying! Google pics is a bastard to link pictures to though.
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1986 Honda Elite 150 (sold), 2009 Scarabeo 200 (sold), 2007 GTV "Pazzo"
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Location: Talent, Oregon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:16 pm quote
Wangta wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Wangta this is such a great thread; I do hope you can get the photos back up. They ran out on me about 1/3 through.
Trying! Google pics is a bastard to link pictures to though.
It IS a great thread. And 'great' may be the understatement of the year. What a fabulous and amazing (and unfortgettable) journey, Wangta!

With regards to servers for photos - the only thing I can think of, off-hand, is flickr - which for quite a few years has provided an excellent repository for stashing images. Many photographers use it for many things - including storing a lot of photographs. Not sure if it would meet your exact needs but it might be worth checking it out to see, if you're not familiar with it.

As Jet Peddler pointed out in a previous comment, the photos disappear approx. one third of the way through the thread. Sigh. Which is (and was) quite frustrating. But image questions aside ---

Congrats on making - and surviving - a Vespa adventure Odyssey that ranks up there with the damn fine ones!

Miguel

P.S. hope to run into you one of these days, as discussed, when I get down to the Bay Area next
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'10 GTS 300 Super, '79 Vespa P200E, '04 Vespa PX200, 2011 SportCity 300 Cube [Sold]
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Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:49 am quote
MiguelATF wrote:
Wangta wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Wangta this is such a great thread; I do hope you can get the photos back up. They ran out on me about 1/3 through.
Trying! Google pics is a bastard to link pictures to though.
It IS a great thread. And 'great' may be the understatement of the year. What a fabulous and amazing (and unfortgettable) journey, Wangta!

With regards to servers for photos - the only thing I can think of, off-hand, is flickr - which for quite a few years has provided an excellent repository for stashing images. Many photographers use it for many things - including storing a lot of photographs. Not sure if it would meet your exact needs but it might be worth checking it out to see, if you're not familiar with it.

As Jet Peddler pointed out in a previous comment, the photos disappear approx. one third of the way through the thread. Sigh. Which is (and was) quite frustrating. But image questions aside ---

Congrats on making - and surviving - a Vespa adventure Odyssey that ranks up there with the damn fine ones!

Miguel

P.S. hope to run into you one of these days, as discussed, when I get down to the Bay Area next
haha Thanks Miguel - I took your advice and went with Flickr. Took me some time to find all my photos again, but I uploaded a bunch last night and reposted Day 8. I'll be redoing all my posts over the weekend - hard for me to believe this was ~10 years ago. It was fun looking through the photos again.

I have since upgraded my GTS to a 300 but still have the PX200. GTS is my daily but I zoom around San Francisco on the PX200 on weekends - it holds a special place in my heart, especially since I sat my rear on it for 4000+ miles! I am still kinda shocked it made it all the way across without too many issues (excluding the heat in Vegas, which is somewhat understandable).

Would love to meet up when you are down next!
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Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:57 am quote
I’ll have to peruse this thread again when it’s “mission accomplished.”
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