Congratulations, guys. You earned it.
The photographic record of Buddy and Bob’s epic journey across the United States — from Golden Gate to Empire State — is complete. Click forward or backward through the journey across mountain and plain, town and city. If we do say so ourselves, it’s a pretty great collection of American life-slices. Enjoy. And check back — we’ve got a few more surprises coming in the next couple of days.
Buddy, Bob and Piaggio USA president Paolo Timoni in Times Square, New York, NY.
July 14th - 1040hr ET: Buddy and Bob arrived in Manhattan under the watchful eyes of the New York Scooter Club and the NYPD. The roadfaring explorers were greated by a phalanx of friends, family and Piaggio employees, including Piaggio USA president Paolo Timoni. The press turnout was equally impressive: Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, the New York Daily News and NY Metro all turned out to document their arrival at the Lincoln Highway’s Eastern Terminus. While the ride’s over, we’ve still got some additional content and thoughts from the riders regarding their journey across America’s Main Street, so keep checking back.
July 13th - Having commuted to and from Philly yesterday on the Lincoln Highway, we allowed ourselves to circumvent the city and grab a detour to New Hope, PA for brunch — another last-day indulgence. We found pleasant, uncrowded, country roads and fewer people in the streets of New Hope than would be typical for this time of year. Our waitress told us there were indeed fewer "shopping bags" walking the streets. We‘ve found the economic pinch to be pervasive across the Lincoln Highway.
Join Buddy & Bob’s friends, family, fellow two and three wheeled scooterists, members of the press, and everyone from Piaggio HQ North America and their geoblog team to welcome our intrepid Lincoln Highway riders to the finish line at:
The Eastern Terminus of The Lincoln Highway
Times Square, New York City
The Northwest Corner
42nd Street & Broadway
Buddy and Bob will display their Piaggio MP3’s until approximately 1130hr, when they will leave for a well deserved lunch at the vaunted Bond 45, so if you want to see Marcello and Sophia before they enter the Piaggio museum, don’t be late.
Buddy & Bob are now only hours from crossing the Times Square Finish Line of the No Age Limit: Piaggio MP3 Lincoln Highway Ride 2008, but be sure to check out their Day 31 Road Report - to go up early this morning - probably just before Piaggio Ground Control and HQ North America run downstairs to greet them right after 1030hr ET.
Finish line details to follow….
We like American murals. Do you like American murals? Berwyn, PA.
Several years ago, during an Alps motorcycle tour with my son Adam and sister-in-law Joyce, we awoke one morning in the Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland (some call it the most beautiful valley in Europe) to find 6 inches of snow had fallen overnight. I frantically rushed to the inn’s front desk to determine the condition of surrounding mountain passes. Closed? Open? If closed, when would they open? The tension was building when Joyce suggested we stay in this magnificent valley for the rest of the day; a divergent solution that would never have occurred to me. Of course, it turned out to be one of the very best days of the tour.