Route 66 News

A Vespa on 66 … and other notebook items

Eric Swanger is planning on driving the length of Route 66 in a few days.

What makes his trip special is he’s doing it entirely on a Vespa scooter. He starts from Chicago on May 6.

He e-mailed:

I am keeping a blog and posting a ton of pics. For the Route 66 segment, I’m doing an average of 150 miles per day. I intend to spend a lot of time getting to really know the road.

He knows it fairly well already. He’s made four major trips on the Mother Road. But this will be his first on a scooter.

That’s not all — after reaching Santa Monica, he’ll turn north and go clear to Montana while traveling east. By the time he’s done, I figure he’ll have logged 8,000 miles.

He’ll be driving a 2007 Vespa GTS, which goes up to 85 mph and gets 70 miles to the gallon.

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