Seattle, Vegas, and Harford


"You could never walk away
from a speed-freak holiday."
—Our Lady Peace
In 1980, my father was transferred from his post at the Westinghouse Electric Research and Development Center in Churchill, Pennsylvania, to the company's office in Yurakacho, Tokyo, Japan.

My family packed up and moved there; it was a little rough at first, but we found that we truly enjoyed the Japanese culture and were able to lead relatively normal lives. For me, that meant attending an English-speaking grade-school in Futakotamagawa in Setagaya-ku. It was a forty-minute train ride from our home in Tokyo.

We moved back to The United States in 1986, and I returned to my American high school. I was in Japan from my sixth-grade year until my freshman year of high-school; I had my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years in The United States.

The Class of 1988 at Saint Mary's International School recently held its reuinon in Las Vegas. I planned to take a motorcycle trip for my vacation, as usual, so I aligned the trip to coincide with the reunion.

I rode from Seattle to Las Vegas to attend the reunion. When the fun was over, I rode towards Boston. Because of the bad weather, I didn't quite make beantown and stopped in Hartford. Then, I returned to Seattle. And here's the story.

Date Start City Stop City Mileage
Wednesday, July 15, 1998 Seattle, Washington Winnemucca, Nevada 715.8
Thursday, July 16, 1998 Winnemucca, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 480.2
Friday, July 17, 1998 Maintenance Day 0.0
Saturday, July 18, 1998 Reunion! 0.0
Sunday, July 19, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada Mesquite, Nevada 83.1
Monday, July 20, 1998 Mesquite, Nevada Glennwood Springs, Colorado 578.0
Tuesday, July 21, 1998 Glennwood Springs, Colorado Phillipsburg, Kansas 500.1
Wednesday, July 22, 1998 Phillipsburg, Kansas Macon, Mossouri 389.2
Thursday, July 23, 1998 Macon, Mossouri Dayton, Ohio 483.8
Friday, July 24, 1998 Dayton, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 290.7
Saturday, July 25, 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut 490.9
Sunday, July 26, 1998 Hartford, Connecticut Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 288.1
Monday, July 27, 1998 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Fort Wayne, Indiana 569.4
Tuesday, July 28, 1998 Fort Wayne, Indiana Waterloo, Iowa 499.2
Wednesday, July 29, 1998 Waterloo, Iowa Sioux Falls, South Dakota 319.5
Thursday, July 30, 1998 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Billings, Montana 681.4
Friday, July 31, 1998 Billings, Montana Spokane, Washington 568.1
Saturday, August 1, 1998 Spokane, Washington Seattle, Washington 288.2
Total:7225.7

For this trip, I averaged 451.6 miles (728.4 kilometers) per day.

Some days don't have links because I'm still working on transcribing my notes.

These are transcriptions of my real journal entries. I did not bring a computer with me: my vacation was to get away from computers. I'm not a nerd, and I'm not really that important anyway: there's no reason to for you to see what the view would be from the top of my front fender every five minutes of the day. My journal entries often contain personal reflection and sensitive insights. When I've felt uncomfortable with their content, I've edited them before posting them here. What's here is still the work of my own two hands, so please treat it (and me) with respect.

The tour took me through these states: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Kansas, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Connecticut. I passed through Arizona and Wyoming by just barely clipping the corner of each state while traveling the highway.


Back to Mike's Road Trip Page. Up to Mike's home page. Send Feedback.

Last modified on 26 May, 1998.