So 7 days ago, after having one commercial and 6 episodes of a tv show fall through, I decided to go cross country on my scooter. It's been a dream of mine for the last 11 years, and I decided to use the loss of work (and $) to fulfill the dream.
I had the amazing Vespa Sherman(1000) Oaks service Turdsie. They really did a number on her, and she drives like she did when she was new. Thanks David and Linda, Drew, and Lonnie.
I was also able to borrow a lot of gear from friends. Linda loaned me her rack (hehehehe) and her rainsuit. Corinthian lent me he his throttle rocker. Drew loaned me some tools. Buglake loaned me some tools. And I am borrowing a tent and a stove.
Today was Day 1. 360 miles: Los Angeles to Tecate, Mexico back to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful day, and I had the pleasure of riding with Buglake from San Diego to Tecate where we met Oscar from The Vespa Club of Tijuana. We went to the brewery and had a beer for breakfast. We met up with Rex and some friends for lunch, and then I headed back to LA to pack up my gear.
Tomorrow, I will start continue heading North. For the most part, I will be taking the coast all the way up to Forks, WA. Then on to Seattle and Vancouver.
I haven't planned much, I just know that I will attempt to camp most of the time since it's free. I will be eating camping food and ramen noodles. And I will be hoping that all goes smoothly. My theory has always been that if you are going on a trip, plan. If you are going on a journey, don't. So I have a general idea of my timing and my path, but I open to anything and everything.
So now is where I ask you to chime in...for those of you familiar with the coast (San Fran to Vancouver): what are the absolute, must see or I will always regret it sites?
Also, if you are interested, I have a photoblog going of the trip at www.reverend.posterous.com