3.10.2011

Q&A Sesh

EMT class + calving season = I'm so fried.
So, let's do a Q&A sesh!
It will help get the blood flowing to this part of my brain
(the Vespa part)
plus, I'm curious about what you're curious about.

Leave questions in the comment section of this post
and I shall answer them....


27 comments:

Stacey said...

Have you ever gotten frustrated that you weren't learning how to do something in your new life in Wyoming fast enough? If so, how did you overcome that?

Sim said...

Excellent! So glad you're writing here again!

I've often wondered two things:
What was the actual route you took (for those of us who hope to take a similar trip one day)? And, I know you said you brought along a few things you ended up never using; is there anything you didn't bring that you wish you had?

Penny in CO said...

Do you have a photo journal of your trek?

Carmen in Canada said...

Is there anything that you did while on the trip that you wish you'd done differently? And as a follow up, anything you didn't do that you wish you did?

Sandy said...

Weren't you scared? Any tense moments?

Laura P said...

How did you plan your trip? Was there a reason you took the particular route you did?

Kris said...

Would you do it again if the opportunity arose?
Did you learn anything from the trip?

Danielle said...

I'm a college grad - maybe around the same age now as when you went on this journey. Any advice for a fellow female who wants to do a similar solo trip? Safety tips, where to stay and where not to say, etc?
Can't wait to read more!

Janice in GA said...

Did you have any mechanical problems with the scooter, or was it pretty reliable?

Are you familiar with Peter S. Beagle's book "I See By My Outfit"? He took a trip across the U.S. by scooter in the 60s. Might be interesting to compare different generations'/sexes' experience. :)

Slammah Montana said...

What comforts of home did you miss the most while on the road? Which aspect of life on the road did you miss the most once you settled in one spot?

Annabelle said...

Do you still have your Vespa?

Kathleen Studer said...

What was your most interesting animal encounter while on your Vespa journey? Wild or domesticated or both :)

jessica w. said...

Would you do it again?

Anonymous said...

Did you get lonely?

Anonymous said...

Did you keep in touch with your family while on the trip?

Spirou said...

In your book you mentioned the tense moments with the big wheelers and also all the nice people you met.
But I forgot how you actually ended in Ten Sleep,it is quite out of the way.

seventh sister said...

Had you read 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' before you took this trip? At least part of your route seems to be Persig's in reverse.

Anonymous said...

A random question, but: have you ever thought about writing fiction?

Carissa said...

I don't have a particular question, but I would love to hear more stories about the people you met and the places you saw. My favorite parts about Vespa Vagabond are your descriptions of thrilling vistas and interesting people.
So excited that you're posting on here again!

Kit.e said...

1. Will there ever be a Shreve movie? The story of your life is too fascinating to keep from the big screen!
2. Did you face negativity from your family/friends about your choices (travelling alone, relocating so suddenly)? How did you cope with that and is it all resolved now?
3. Do you ever think about taking a trek like Vespa, but on horseback?

Jen said...

Where did you get your Vespa? Did you get it specifically for this trip or did you already have it?

Was there any place you felt reluctant to leave along the journey, or did the journey draw you inexorably forward?

harmanica said...

Having made several x-country trips via our diesel Jetta with my husband to see "the places between the dots on the map," I find I just try to absorb as much as possible and "digest" it all later. It is much later that odd things trigger memories and longing for the road (sometimes daily!).

Do you also find this is so? If so, what are some of your "triggers"?

harmanica said...

Also, I try not to have preconceived notions about places, but was surprised at times which places have"stuck" with me and I love.

Were there places that surprised you either positively or negatively?

weecyn said...

what was the most beautiful natural sight that you saw on your trip? which state has the best starry night? the best night sounds?

forgive me if you have answered these before. I have not read the back entries of this blog.

Steve Williams said...

I always marvel at people who manage to cross the continent on little scooters or bicycles. I'm interested in what I see as the biggest challenge for these kind of adventures --- patience.

I'm wondering what sort of patience you brought to your cross country adventure. Riding a scooter takes some extra effort after all.

And how does the Vespa fit into your life now? Seems a near radical departure unless you are planning some adventure like Ara and Spirit.

I tried my dog Junior in a sidecar recently but I just couldn't see it...

Regardless, I always loved the lyrical and at times melancholy feeling of your Vagabond stories. Crossing through butterflies in the Central Valley still remains vivid.

Hope to read more of them someday.

Steve Williams
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Marg said...

I told my husband that you had crossed the US on one of these and he didn't believe me so thank you for this post.

Rachel said...

Let me just say that I'm so happy you're writing here again. I'm planning my own trip across the country by Vespa too (the type of scooter is a coincidence - I just wanted something reliable). How in the world did you only spend $288 on lodging over your two months? Did you rogue camp a lot?

Please keep writing! Is there a place I can read more about your vespa trip (someone else mentioned a book you wrote)?