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Day 50 🌎 47 miles - Overland Scooter

Day 50 🌎 47 miles

Daily Summary:
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM — Average Speed:  17.6 Robert’s Roost Resort to Hixon Kreekside Motel and Campground

Odometer:  2,641 – 2,688 miles
Climb: 3,056 ft. — Descend:  3,131 ft.
50-65° F : Mostly sunny. 5-15 mph variable winds. 

Battery Performance:
Note:  All charging and range data after the World Record Day will be published in Excel format at a later date.

—  50  —

Today was the First Day in my entire life that someone who was not mad at me told me in no uncertain terms to “Shut Up!”

It’s true!

I kid you not, and at first I was taken by surprise (and was almost offended) until I quickly visualized that scene in the movie, “The Princess Diaries,” where the queen, played by Julie Andrews, says something astonishing to the future queen, played by a young Anne Hathaway, and she responds to the amazing news by exclaiming, “Shut Up!” to the older woman. (Who, incidentally, is from a European country and she is not familiar with American slang.)

Anyway, I’m no king, and I am from the USA, but for a moment I, too, felt a bit uncertain about how I should take the… expression of amazement that was vocalized in my direction.

Here’s what happened.

About 30 miles into today’s ride I was feeling a bit stiff-legged since I hadn’t gotten off once since leaving the traffic lights of Quesnel, BC where my day had begun.

I decided to pull into a rest area and stretch a bit before finishing up at my intended destination 17 miles farther on.

As I turned into the rest stop a car was just pulling out and I saw the window go down and heard a voice but I couldn’t understand the whole message.

I wasn’t going very fast at the time, but still, it takes a few long seconds to bring my rolling 500 pounds of cargo to a halt.

Since I didn’t stop immediately, perhaps the driver thought I was rude (or deaf) and so the car began to pull out of the rest area as I finally came to a complete stop and dismounted.

I waved my arm frantically trying to signal the driver to turn around and come back, and finally she must have glanced in her rear-view mirror and noticed my spastic gestures.

She kindly turned her car around and pulled up beside me.

“Are you riding your scooter across Canada?” the driver asked.

“Well, actually,” I said, “I’m heading for Fairbanks. “

“Where’s that?” asked the passenger.

“Alaska,” I said.

And that’s when the young lady’s jaw dropped and she half-shouted, “Shut Up!”

In retrospect, I think it was not only funny but one of the great Firsts of my life because it was a brilliant reminder of how old I am and just how out-of-touch I am with most young people, especially since I’ve stopped teaching.

That said, I understood another young man perfectly a few days ago in Kamloops when he paused for a moment with the girl he was with and loudly shouted in my general direction, “That’s sick man!”

I wonder how he knew that I wasn’t feeling too well after drinking all of that coffee the morning after my sleepless night in the field next to the welding shop.

Makes one think, doesn’t it? …


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By ScootingRich

ScootingRich has been teaching, working and volunteering in various capacities since 2007. He is currently attempting to demonstrate the viability of personal electric vehicles (PEV) for long-range travel by riding his Kaabo Wolf King GT electric scooter on a 21,000-mile adventure from Colorado, USA north to Alaska and then south to Argentina and ultimately to the shore of Antarctica. You are welcome to share in this epic journey by following us on YouTube and Patreon.

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