Girl 27 does a 31,398 mile trip in just over a year riding a VESPA 250 GT, and she's not finished yet!
Riding alone, no advance crews or helpers. Just herself, her Vespa 250gt and her sense of ADVENTURE.
This story is about a young lady I had the great pleasure to meet last October 2014 while I was riding in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. I had pulled into a picnic area to get a drink and have a sandwich. I parked next to a well ridden blue Vespa 250GT. I had finished my sandwich and was heading back from throwing away my trash, when the rider of that Vespa showed up. We starting talking about our bikes, her Vespa and my Kymco 500. I noticed her license plate was from Rhode Island. I asked her if she had shipped her bike out here. 'Nope' she replied, I drove it the whole way from Rhode Island.
My expression must have been that of "Deer in headlights" because she reaffirmed she had rode the whole way. I knew, I had to talk to her about her adventure. At the next hiking trail we both pulled off for some pictures and I suggested we get something to drink down the road in Blue Diamond. This is a little bit I found out about Ms Stephanie Yue . She's (28y.o.) freelance illustrator under contract for children's books and has been able to work while on the road.
Check out her website at www.jellycity.com
She started her adventure in the middle of May 2014. During the months before, she started to sell everything she owned and the stuff she couldn't sell, she packed away at a friend's house. She does her illustrations when she has longer layovers.
As of June 22, 2015 Stephanie has logged 31,398 miles on this trip so far on a Vespa 250GT Total miles on her Vespa 42,623 !! Mostly great riding and camping. There were some hard miles in weather and wind traveling through northern great plains and Texas, where the high winds kept her speed to 50mph indicated despite having the throttle wide open.
Currently she has to travel from Madison Wisconsin north into upper peninsula of Michigan back into Wisconsin and across Lake Michigan on a ferry, continuing to Maine.
If anyone would like to follow the travels and adventures of this amazing woman,
she has a Blog
Stephanie was truly inspiring to talk to. After wintering in San Jose, CA for a few months Stephanie stopped in Las Vegas on her return trip for HIGH ROLLERS WEEKEND in March.