Is safe for me to ride the MP3 250?

Mystery solved....more


I've started reading Lonely Planet's Cycling France.  This seemed like the closest I would come to the situation of being on my scooter hopefully cluing me in to the roads I would be allowed or safe to use with respect to temperatures.Here is some of what I have learned so far:...more

Shocking First Step

Today I called up to the Vespa dealership in Holland, Michigan where I bought my scooter.  My hope was to meet with Stew who sold my scooter to me to see if they could support me in finding the unique gear I will need to make this journey.  Turns out Stew was gone and hadn't been replaced.  I had just spoken with him four days earlier.  I was put on the phone with the general manager who reluctantly explained that a decision had come down from on high to close the Vespa department.  ...more


For those of you who don't know the backstory, in 1999 I was in the ICU for two months. I had necrotizing fasciitis as the result of a surgical procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. Surgeons performed daily debridements to remove dead flesh from my abdomen. They did this for three weeks until the 30 muscles of my abdomen were entirely removed. During this time I was in a medically induced coma because the infection was so severe that the medical team believed (not sure what the following part of the sentence means - something is missing) they needed all my bodies every to fight it....more