I'm 41, employed in server and network support, and generally come across as a reasonable sort of person. But I've got a little voice in the back of my head. Oddly enough where others have voices that whisper of power, of high speeds and shredded rubber - my voices whisper to me of things slow and old fashioned. Small CC bikes, scooters, or underpowered sidecar rigs. The voice has led me to do a cross continent Ural trip as a memorial for my grandfather. It's led me to do several Mad Bastard scooter rallies.. including one where I drove an underpowered moped 21 hours straight and found out what it was like to drive up a hill.... and run to a complete stop with the throttle wide open. But now the voices are talking about next year.... and I'm thinking.... what can I do next of an impractical nature.... and then I look out at my recently acquired Vespa PX scooter and Inder sidecar and I think... "Hmm.... I've never driven a machine out east." So now I am thinking... from Toronto to the East coast. 1800km one way. About 3600km there and back. On a pair of 30 year old Vespa PX scooters. One with a sidecar attached. And likely about two weeks to do it in. And a wife to convince to do it with as well. Now this is something I could do on the Ural instead. We've driven that out to the west coast which is a greater distance one way than this entire trip. It'd make it just fine... and likely in greater comfort. (If not immensely greater speeds, though it is faster since it cruises about 95kph, while the Vespas would likely only do 80 or so.) Like I said... the scooters are just not practical for this kind of thing. I do have other options. I might end up broken down in the middle of absolutely nowhere being eaten by mosquitoes of unusual size and vigor. Which already happened this year on the MBSR rally when I had a swingarm bolt nearly eject itself about a 40 minute drive from the nearest cell signal. So then it comes down to decisions.... do I listen to practicality? Or do I listen to the little voice. Hmm.