About Comments (Sept 16 update)
The owner of a blog (me) has god-like power over the comments. First I need to approve them before they will appear in the public portion of the blog. That’s good, unless you want to see a lot of “comments” about pay-day loans and anti-stick waffle irons. I can also edit them. So if a comment is legitimate but may-be contains information not appropriate for the public at large it gets edited.
I love getting comments. I read them, re-read them, and think about them while I’m riding. But unless something changes about the nature of this trip, I generally don’t have time to respond to them. I wish I could.
If you want to communicate something to me that is too long, personal, or whatever for public consumption, you can email me by clicking the little envelope at the top-right of every page. I read my email.
About this Blog
I created Single Cylinder Psyche as a way to update family and friends on the progress of a planned motor scooter trip. On past trips I had sent out emails to accomplish this purpose, but it was always done with reservation – emails can be intrusive and burdensome to the recipient. I was uncomfortable with guessing who would want to receive them. Wife Marion said I was over-thinking the matter. May-be. Either way, now there is Single Cylinder Psyche and I can scoot down the road unconcerned about who is or isn’t following along. Welcome any and all.
About the Trip
I purchased a used 2012 Vespa GTS 300ie motor scooter in August of 2014. Not long after getting it I started having flights of fancy about riding the scooter around the country. Over the winter months, the prospect somehow transformed itself from fiction to non-fiction. Whatever the merit of the mental mechanisms that caused or allowed this transition, a scooter ride around the country has become the prudent, obvious and necessary thing for me to do. I’m excited about it.
The current plan is to make some version of a clockwise trip around the US, starting the morning of September 8 at the Golden Gate Bridge. My goal is to minimize time on the interstate super-slabs and keep to secondary roads, emphasizing small towns and national parks as destinations. I have some relatives I want to visit along the way. I hope and expect there will be a mixture of equal parts motels, camping and couch surfing. Two months and 8,000 to 10,000 miles are the current estimates, although I reserve the right to extend the ride or abandon it at any point as conditions and disposition dictate.
About the Title
The term “Single Cylinder Psyche” occurred to me as I was thinking about this scooter trip specifically and my approach to life generally. I’ll explain its meaning as soon as I have an understanding of it myself.
~ Mike Hermens ~