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Jeffrode 06-24-2014 07:00 AM

Scooters Across America: San Francisco to New York
 
My Dad cam up with this crazy idea of riding scooters across america. and just a couple of week ago I found out that I had my summer open so I decided to join him. Now the plan is this Buy cheep Chinese scooters and ride from San Francisco to New York. Shopping on Craigslist we found a 150cc scooter for $100 and went to look at it. It did not run but we went for it. We go it home and put a new battery in it and it started and ran just fine. So this would become my ride. Next my Dad decided to by a CT70 Chinese copy and we found one in LA new. Plan now in order we started the ride today.

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6/23/2014: OK after all the planning the ride really begins today: We are in downtown San Francisco and will be headed to Sacramento today.

The day started through Golden Gate Park and through the city. Jeffrey stopped at a city shop for some bananas

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Then came the crossing the golden gate bridge. See our video to see how funny we look on the small bikes as we run wide open across the bridge.

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We took a side trip through the back streets of Sausalito, cool homes back here

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Then we headed north through the Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area. Very beautiful back here, and cool windy and steep roads.

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Then came lunch in Petaluma at the: 4th&Sea Fish & Chips, awesome mom and dad type shop.

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You guessed it we had the Fish and Chips

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After lunch came the start of hot weather, I hope these little bike can take it, and us too

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We rode along the Sacramento River for about 50 miles as we headed up into Sacramento.

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Ok, Day1 complete, everything went well, and the bikes still seem to be fine. Although my CT70 seems to be shifting hard, and it even jumped out of 2 gear once. I hope it makes it, only 4100 miles left.

Video of Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

RiderRick 06-24-2014 07:06 AM

subscribed!
 
I will ride along, be safe and have fun!

gore-tx 06-24-2014 07:29 AM

Looks awesome! Can't wait to read more! :clap

Freerydejunky 06-24-2014 10:46 AM

Ahhh another GPSKevin ride.

:clap

IslandMonkey 06-24-2014 11:33 AM

Lookin' good. I think I'll tag along.

dedave 06-24-2014 05:45 PM

What's the plan? Camping?

Can you a list of how and what gear?

How fast can you average? That 7 seems a bit small for any real speeds.

Jeffrode 06-25-2014 05:15 AM

Completed Day2
 
6/24/2014: Today was to begin in Sacramento, CA and work our way through the mountains today and dropping into the desert going through Carson City and along highway 50 to Fallen, NV.

The morning started out perfect waking up in Sacramento to perfect riding weather. Left the city headed out into the mountains

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We worked our way through the city streets on our way over to the mountains and the beautiful countryside of northern California.

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Had a great time winding up in the mountains through the forest roads. The tree canopy engulfed the road and just gave us a great shaded, remote country road to take in with all the miles. Continued through the trees wrapping along the hills to our first gas stop which happened to be this little country store and restaurant.

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Continued to play around in the hills on awesome roads that brought you back to your childhood, just having fun cruising around with your friends, weaving in and out of the forested corners. Then I got him and he got me back.

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That is I got a squirrel and he got me. I think I ended up with the upper hand since I wasn’t killed. We then continued on and worked our way down into Tahoe after overcoming our biggest obstacle.

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We worked and worked the bikes were full throttle and were working as hard as they could to reach the summit. They kept Klim-ing up to the summit and reach the highest we have ever taken them, 7382 ft. Then we dropped down into Tahoe. Just an incredible view on the lake from the highway.

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We went down to town and had a great lunch at BOB DOG Pizza, It was a great end to the first half of the day. Next we went down into Carson City and then worked our way across Highway 50, “The Loneliest Highway” towards Fallen, NV.

Youtube from the day

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Jeffrode 06-25-2014 05:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dedave (Post 24468541)
What's the plan? Camping?

Can you a list of how and what gear?

How fast can you average? That 7 seems a bit small for any real speeds.

dedave, it is all motels for us, no camping so we are not carrying much gear. This is my Dad vision of America at 35mph Why???. The bikes max do 40mph max but likely will not go the distance if we run them wide open. So we will see.

refokus 06-25-2014 05:48 AM

Big Balls
 
You two have some giant balls to ride the Small Chinese scooters across the country. Good luck! I will be tagging along on this adventure.

Scooters are really cool by the way. :thumb

mtnman 06-25-2014 07:13 AM

Go Kevin and Jeff!:clap

Tsotsie 06-25-2014 08:37 AM

Go for it!

Vikingtazz 06-25-2014 01:07 PM

Haha - love it!

nm767 06-26-2014 04:05 AM

This is great. I'd love to do this on a big bike with my dad. I'm jealous of the time you have. Tagged to follow along. Good luck


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Firemanmike69 06-26-2014 04:09 AM

I'm in to see your adventure good look guys looks like lots of fun so far

mceee 06-26-2014 04:32 AM

This is awesome, I'm there! You guy's be really, really careful. Road rage ain't no joke now a day's!


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