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It took me a night to settle, and actually process what transpired yesterday. This post will be really long, so if you don't have the time to read it, I'll just give you the gist of it. PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!! Now if you want to read what happened yesterday, please continue reading...


Yesterday's plans were to drive from St. Cloud, MN, to Minneapolis, with a short pit stop at Starbucks in St. Louis Park to meet fellow scooter/motorcycle riders, so they could escort me into Minneapolis, completing my three month journey around the USA. It's the last day of my trip, hopefully nothing will go wrong, it's only about 75 miles of riding, should be a piece of cake... right?


So after allowing myself to sleep in, I get on with the usual routine, find a McDonald's for a few cups of coffee and find a gas station to fill up before I head out. Perfect, there's a McDonald's and a gas station right next to each other, things are starting off great already. While drinking my coffee, I check my social media and make a post about the plans remain the same: Meet at Starbucks at 3PM, kickstands up at 330PM, and then get escorted into Minneapolis for about 6 miles, stopping at Dave's Popcorn and Ice Cream.


11:30AM: Coffee flowing in my veins and fuel running through Scooter McGavins veins, we're ready to make the drive. Three and a half hours to make the 75 mile drive should be plenty of time. I wanted to show up early to hang out, and greet everyone as they showed up. I start riding.


12PM: I start feeling some "hiccups" from the scoot    I know what that means right away, the spark plug is going bad and I'm not sure if I have an extra one. Usually I have an extra spark on me, but the auto parts stores along the way didn't have my size. I plead to McGavin, "just a little longer, only about 60 miles more, you can do this."


12:30PM: Scooter McGavin breaks down, I know it's the spark plug, I just know it. I break down in front of a country house with a long drive way, big yard and a huge garage. I start to look for an extra spark plug, as I'm doing this, a truck drives up from the driveway to me. The man rolls down his window, "everything alright?" I tell him I know it's for sure the spark plug, and I'm looking to see if I have an extra one handy. "Roll the bike down the driveway into the garage, we'll figure it out" he says. Wow, what a nice guy. After rummaging through all my gear, I don't find spark plug. The man says "let's check to see if the problem is the spark." So we check the spark plug, and yup, no spark. I tell him that I'm all out of plugs, stupid mistake. He replies "No worries, I'll take you to the nearest auto parts store, I'm sure they'll have your size. I'm Derrick by the way."


We greet each other and head off to the auto parts store. While driving, he tells me that he's clearing out the garage and the yard, because next week his brother is getting married on the property. "There's a lot of work to be done still and actually I'm the officiant of the wedding" he says. I tell him that's so cool and keep telling him thank you for taking me to the parts store. I also tell him about my scooter journey and that today was the last day.


1PM: We're at the parts store, getting helped by one of the employees, who can't seem to find the right size. I'm thinking to myself "oh boy, this could end badly today, stranded on the last day because I didn't have a extra plug. Stupid, stupid." The employee suggests I call around the nearest cities to see if they have one. Duuuhh, great idea. So for the next five minutes or so I call around the nearest auto parts stores to see if they have the part. One store says they do, AWESOME! It's 12 miles away, shouldn't be a problem.


1:15PM: We hop in the truck and Derrick says, "hey I can't drive you to the store, but what I can do is when we back to the house, I'll give you my keys to this here truck, and you can drive it to the parts store, I have another run I have to do when I get back." I'm thinking to myself, I've only met this guy not even forty five minutes ago, and he's giving me the keys to his truck. I say "are you sure?" He replies "not a problem, you've been on quite a journey, everyone needs help along the way."


1:30PM: We get back to the house, he hands me the keys and I say "be right back." I can't believe this guy just handed me his keys to his truck, the world is full of great people. AMAZING PEOPLE. I figure if I get back by 2PM or so and get it fixed, I'll still have enough time to make it to Starbucks by 3PM. I drive to Napa, 12 miles away to get the plug and then hurry back to the house.


2:10PM: I hop out of the truck and quickly insert the new plug into the scoot. McGavin fires right up! YES!!! All because of a bad spark plug. Derrick and I exchange numbers and I repeatedly tell him thank you. I hop on the scoot and zip up the driveway. I'm going to make it!!


Here I go, I might be a little late to the escort but they'll understand.


2:30PM: I break down again, this time I know something really bad happened, no way it's the spark plug. I'm pretty sure the engine has seized up on me. I am stranded in front of a really long driveway and in between two cornfields. As I'm looking at the bike, a SUV pulls up to me, "everything alright?" I tell him my story and what has happened today, I ask him if this was his property. He replies "yes." I say " would there be a way to leave the scooter in the corn for a few hours while a cab comes and picks me up?" He replies "no problem." We exchange phone numbers and he says "just let me know what's going on for later." He drives away, and now I'm just in panic mode.


3PM: I'm supposed to be at Starbucks right now, meeting everyone. I'm such a jerk for letting this happen. I update my Facebook post, telling everyone in little detail what has happened and that I'm going to be late. I'm going to Uber there. People say they will wait for me.


3:30PM: The Uber picks me up and we're headed to Starbucks. Scooter McGavin made some new friends with the corn. All thoughts are going through my head right now.


4:10PM. I arrive to Starbucks, there's about twenty five people there. They waited all this time for me. I feel so appreciative. They make me feel so special. I only knew 3/25 that were there. I tell them all what had happened and they understood. They know what us riders go through sometimes.


4:15PM After telling them what happened, I say "let's get this ride going, can I sit on back of anyone scooter?" This man, whom I have never met comes up to me and says" here take my scooter, my wife and I will ride on hers, not s problem at all." I'm in shock and ask "are you sure?" He nods and says "absolutely, I have an extra helmet for you too." PEOPLE ARE AMZING!! Oh, what about my backpack, no worries, Mickyle and Mackenzie to the rescue. They drove their car here to see me. Mickyle, whom I've never met in person, is the guy who has provided his music to me for my videos. It was crazy cool to actually meet him in person!


The show goes on... minus scooter McGavin. We start to roll through Minneapolis. Gonna be a short ride, 6 miles.


4:35PM. We arrive, with me leading the pack. There's about twenty five people waiting for us at Dave's. Mostly family and friends. So crazy cool.


For the next forty five minutes or so, I greet everyone, and then I start to talk about what happened today and why I was late. They encircle me and ask questions about the trip. A lot of questions I wasn't ready for, I should've been prepared, but I was so mentally drained from the events that took place earlier. I probably fumble a lot words, but I take my best crack at it.


5:15PM and on: After the whole speech, I start to mingle around the crowd, and I meet a man, his son, and his sons girlfriend. They say they live near where I broke down, and they will gladly help me out with getting Scooter McGavin home. They just need to scoot home first and then they'll put it on a truck and deliver it to Minneapolis. PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!


Bob, from Scooterville also showed up to Dave's. He says that they can bring McGavin to Scooterville tonight and we can put him inside no problem. Wow, so cool


After everything wrapped up, I head to my aunts house for a little get together, some family are there, it's great to see them. After that, I head to my moms, which some of you have seen on my posts, she's "so excited" for me to be home, and she's waited three months for this. Haha. I've only been gone three months three days.


8:45PM. I meet Scooter McGavins rescuers and Bob at Scooterville. We talk for a while, Bob tells me Scooterville will figure out the problem and hopefully I'll be back on the road soon. I have a 2 year, unlimited mile warranty  YES!! After talking for a while, we all go our separate ways and head home. What a crazy crazy crazy day!


So, all in all the journey was terrific. Sure, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't make it back to Minneapolis on the scoot, only 35 miles short, but that's okay. I still broke the record. I will be sending all my data to Guinness this week sometime, it's a lot of data. I'll also have some numbers for all you of sometime this week. Gas numbers, etc etc. 


I just want to thank everyone who was involved on this journey. I couldn't have done it without the support of everyone. Kept me going everyday, you kept me motivated, I'm so grateful. Sososo grateful. I cannot thank you enough. I'm a truly blessed individual.


Future plans: not sure yet, I'm definitely going to Europe on a 50cc in the spring, but until then, I'm going to take every day as it is. I'll keep everyone updated for sure. The journey does not end here. I'm going to SCOOT THE WORLD!


OFFICIAL MILES FOR THE RECORD: 10,585.03 miles.


Broke the record by 1,616.18 mile.


Talk to you all soon.

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Tornado?

Today was the SCARIEST DAY OF MY LIFE.


After spending a few days with my cousin Erik in Harvey, ND, I planned on riding 200 miles east to Fargo. Well, things didn't go as planned. After about an hour of riding, I started to notice a huge storm behind me, it looked like it was about 40 miles away. Keeping an eye on the storm, it was gaining on me slowly, I continued to push on as fast as I could, thinking to myself that I might be able to outride this storm. I started to feel the rain drops, not good, then the wind started to pick up. The first gust of wind wasn't too bad, but then the second and third almost dang near pushed me over. I need shelter NOW! Being in the middle of nowhere, chances were slim that I would find a barn, bridge, or even anything to keep me dry. The rain starts to come down hard now. Finally after about 5 minutes of the down pour, I see this small town of Glenfield, I pull in and see a school with a covered entrance. I pull Scooter McGavin in, and am safe... I think. Not even a minute after pulling in the wind starts to pick up greatly. One more minute and a 50 foot tree falls down right in front of me. If it wasn't for the school entrance, the tree would've definitely killed me. I waited the initial storm out for thirty minutes, it starts to calm down. I'm able to maneuver myself out, but the scooter is stuck. I walk around the town and talk to the local residents. They're not sure if it was a tornado or straight line winds that were 80mph. Either way, everyone was safe. Lots of trees and power lines down though. Mike, a local guy who turned out to be a teacher at the school helped me out, we opened the door to the entrance where the scooter was, and I walked it through the school and out another entrance. Freedom! I waited the for the second wave of the storm, this time it wasn't too bad, just some heavy rain for 30 minutes. Then I still waited another hour or so before I left. When leaving the town, I see all sorts of devastation. Trees everywhere, road signs in the middle of fields, and I seen one semi truck tipped over on its side. It was a scary scene. I'm so glad for that little town of Glenfield, and that little school, if it had not been there, I probably would have died today, either from getting hit by debris, or getting sucked up into the tornado (if there was one). I'm very fortunate, and I know for a fact, that God was looking over me today. Tonight I'm staying in a little town of Cooperstown, ND. Not sure what city I'm going to tomorrow. I'm still gonna shoot for Minneapolis by Sunday mid day. LOVE YOU ALL.

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Spark

Made it to North Dakota today. Pretty easy ride until about 50 miles out, my broke down for the first time. It sounded pretty bad, all the worst thoughts going through my head. I park it, and look under it, and my spark plug came undone. It was just dangling there. I was surprised it popped off, that's never happened to me before, but I guess with the bumps on the road today, it must've jiggled its way loose. I guess I'll have to put more elbow grease into it next time. Has that ever happened to anyone? Let me know, please.


As soon as I was done tightening the spark plug, it starts to down pour on me, I quickly get up, get the scooter started and take off as fast as I can. About five miles into riding, I start complaining to myself about the rain hitting my face and eyes so hard, I FORGOT MY MASK AND GLASSES five miles back on the side of the road. There's no way I'm going back for them, not when I'm trying to outrun this rain. I finally get out of the rain, and make my way towards Dickinson, ND. Need to go buy new glasses. I have a spare mask.


Tomorrow, I think I'm going to head to Harvey, ND, to visit my cousin for a day or two, and then onto MN. Twin Cities metro people, if you wanna ride me in when I get back, I'm going to push for this Sunday, mid day. Hope to see a lot of you. I'll keep you posted!


Total miles towards the record: 9,711.48 miles.

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Throwback

Have to throw it back to Amerivespa. What a great time that was, around 600 fellow scooter riders having a great time. This group right here, The South Bay Scooter Posse made me a honorary member for the duration of the rally. I owe them big time. I'm going to come out to South Bay before I head to Europe, I promise. Thank you again guys, you made me feel like I was part of the posse.


Today, I think I'm going to make my way to Miles City from Lewistown. Around 200 miles or so. I hope to see some cool stuff along the way so I can take some pictures, yesterday was nothing but farm land. Adios!


Total miles toward the record: 9,291.18 and counting.

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Plain Jane

Yesterday's drive was pretty easy, made to it Great Falls, MT, from Missoula. Montana is huge, haha. Great thing about yesterday is that I escaped the mountains, only plains from here onto Minneapolis. It feels great, Scooter McGavin doesn't like mountains, he made noises after going through them. Now, the WIND will be my biggest foe, I had a little taste of it yesterday, so let's hope it's not too breezy this next week.

 

Again, I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing, liking, and commenting on my post from yesterday and hope you will continue to do so. A few things happen when you do this, it motivates me to keep going, but most importantly, the post will be seen by strangers, people who might be inspired to follow their dreams. That's what I want out of my travels, to inspire people to follow their dreams, it doesn't have to be travel dreams, it could be anything. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS PEOPLE!

 

Today, I'm just going to ride east until I think it's time to stop. Not much out here in Montana. Talk later!! Love you.

 

Total miles toward the record: 9,185.08 and counting.

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Broken

Well... Yesterday I unOFFICIALY broke the Guinness World Record for longest journey on a 50cc scooter. I say unofficially because it's not official until I am done with the trip and turn all of my data into Guinness.


Yesterday at about 7:30pm MT, in the city of Paradise, Montana, I hit 8,969 miles, beating the previous record of 8,968 miles. I stopped for a little bit and just celebrated with myself, giving myself a good pep talk, and thought about some of the stuff I have went through on this trip. All the rain, heat, mountains, everything; it was worth this moment. With the sun going down, that moment by myself was cut short, but I will never forget that brief moment on the side of the road, smiling ear to ear. I needed to get back on the road, night driving with bugs is not my favorite. The miles from here on out are tallied toward my record! All miles until Minneapolis are MINE! I ended up in Missoula, Montana.


I just want to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey! All of you are rock stars. And I mean everyone! If you commented, liked, shared, let me crash at your house, supplied me with oil, fuel, spark plug, tires, just about anyone that has been in contact with me, thank you a million times. I couldn't have done this without the help and encouragement from so many of you!


I'm going to continue to head east, I'll probably be in Minneapolis in a week or so.


Total "record" miles and counting : 9,018.28 miles.



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Flat

I took another day off yesterday just to make sure I was 100% to hit the road again. I probably won't be taking another break until I get back to Minneapolis. I'm headed east today to the town of Omak. I'm only a few hours away, taking a quick break right now.


Today I experienced the first flat tire of my scooter career. A small nail was the culprit. No worries though, I was prepared and had my tire kit. Always, and I mean always carry a tire repair kit! It will save you one day. I promise you.


Today has been the most beautiful day when it comes to scenery. I will never forget what my eyes looked at today. Absolutely incredible landscapes through the North Cascade Mountains. I recommend driving through them on Highway 20/N Cascades Hwy. You will not regret it. Well, got to get back on the road, still a few hours away. Talk later!

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Vernon

I departed Seattle, today. Only rode 75 miles north to Mt. Vernon. To be honest, I just needed a day to relax. Amerivespa wore me out. Also, needed to do some much needed laundry. Tomorrow, I start going east towards home. Should be nice riding with the wind, and riding a little later at night, not staring into the sun.


Here's the award everyone's been asking about. I shipped it home.

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Seattle

What an incredible time it has been in Seattle at the 25th Amerivespa. Some awesome rides throughout the city, and shenanigans going on. I met tons of cool people. The weather was absolutely perfect, not what I was expecting here in the Northwest. Amerivespa also honored me with the award of the "furthest ridden on a modern scooter." I'm gonna have to ship this back home, since I do not have the room in my backpack.


To be honest, I'm excited to get back on the road tomorrow. The road is calling my name, and I need to answer that call. It looks like the weather should be pretty good as I go though the mountains of the Washington, Idaho, and Montana. I'm probably going to do some camping along the way, enjoy some scenery. I'll most likely be back in Minneapolis in 2 weeks time. But the adventures of the road can always change this. Adios.

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Family


Forgot to update everyone. Yesterday I made it to Vancouver, WA. I've been hanging out with family ever since I arrived. I haven't seen them in forever, and some of them I have never even met. I'm so glad I got to have a few days here, but I am a little sad that I had so little time here. I'm definitely be coming back in the future. I will be making my way to Amerivespa (Seattle) tomorrow. I'm very excited to meet a lot of people and network around the rally. I hope everyone had a great 4th. Sorry for the selfie, I haven't taken any pictures here, trying to live in the moment. Beard game strong.

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