Join Alex Simon (Zero to Epic) as he embarks on Scoot America: “combining adventure and eco-activism”, Alex has started his cross-country trip on an elite selection of electric scooters to promote micromobility. Here’s a real-time trip tracker along with weekly updates from Alex on the road (Last updated: 5/6/21).
Alex has encouraged scooter riders from around the country to join him if they can, and we hope you enjoy following his adventure (alongside him on the road or with us on the web).
Scoot America Glympse: Real-Time Trip Tracker
We are tracking Alex’s real-time progress across the country. If you want to follow him directly, you can download Glympse, and add his tag: !scootamerica. You can also follow “Route 20 Guy” in the app if Alex is offline, as that tracks Bryan’s (Alex’s support driver) location.
Scoot America Live: Weekly Updates
Each week, Alex will join us on ESG Liveshow to share updates on his progress, the scooters, the route, the sights, and the people he meets along the way (energy and wifi permitting).
Here’s our weekly Scoot America trip tracker, with earliest updates at the top.
5/5/21 On Day 11, Alex Talks About Riding in the Rain, Being on the News, and Which Electric Scooters Are Retired on Liveshow #85
Day: 11 | Miles traveled: 1161 miles | Location: Dubuque, IA
We caught up with Alex near the end of a rather grueling week on the road. He contended with all-day rain, a flat tire, and motor failure, but still had a smile to share with the scooter community on ESG Liveshow #85.
Alex mentioned spending 9 hr riding in the rain on at least one day in the past week, and he does not recommend it. Although none of the scooters show signs of water damage, riding in wet gear from head to toe, changing clothes periodically, and suffering through a downpour and windchill was not Alex’s favorite part of the trip.
Day 10 happened to be a particularly sad day for the scooters, as not one but two were forced into retirement. The Kaabo Wolf Warrior X had to be shelved after getting a flat that tire sealant couldn’t repair, and the Zero 11X suddenly lost power during a ride. However, he still has an impressive corral of other scooters to choose from, and is getting some help to fix these two from talented community members along the way.
Some of Alex’s favorite moments on this leg of the trip included a visit through Indiana Dunes National Park, riding through Amish country and meeting and riding with Scoot America supporters.
As he mostly rides during daylight, Alex also had time to do a couple of interviews, including this interview with an NBC affiliate (WIFR) in Rockford, IL, about his mission to promote micromobility.
Lots of Scoot America followers have helped Alex find shelter and food along the way. In fact, the Scooter Club of Winfield (SCOW) in Winfield, IL treated Alex and his wife, who came to visit him for one night in Chicago, to a delightful dinner at Gibson Steakhouse.
Please note Alex also shared an updated schedule.
Check-in next week to find out where he is and see how Alex’s adventure is going!
4/28/21 Alex Started his Journey Westward, and We Caught Up With him in Buffalo, NY
Day: 4 | Miles traveled: 426 miles | Location: Buffalo, NY
Alex started his journey on Saturday, April 24th in Boston, MA, and had made his way to Buffalo, NY, when we caught up with him on Liveshow #84.
He and his confidant/driver/foodie/Route 20 expert, Bryan, were lucky enough to stay overnight at the Eugene V. Debs Hall, which is a 1914 saloon that has been closed for 20 years and will reopen Labor Day 2021.
On the first three days, Alex was able to cover an average of 120 mi per day, at an average speed of 25 mph. On Day 4, Alex was joined by a couple of ESG Facebook group members and limited his speed to enjoy the ride, so only did about 80 mi before stopping for the day.
When recapping how the first few days went, Alex explained that frigid temperatures on Day 3 were much harder to contend with than the all-day drizzle he experienced on Day 2. The windchill and 30°F weather made riding rather miserable, as his hands were freezing and his body cold, even wearing gloves and a riding suit.
Alex also said that driving through the busier parts of Boston was nerve wracking, as bike lanes and lane shoulders were nonexistent along the way, and he had a much nicer ride when he hit the Finger Lakes.
After dealing with rainy weather, Alex was happy to report that none of the 5 scooters that he used on Day 2 showed any signs of water damage, and all performed well in wet conditions. Alex noted that he was able to maintain traction on the road and on the scooters’ decks.
We’re excited to catch up with Alex each week as he finds historical gems and meets ESG members along the way, and happy to be part of the journey in any way we can.
4/20/21 Alex Packs and Leaves Las Vegas, NV Bound for the East Coast
Day: 0 (pre-trip) | Distance: (~507 mi) | Location: Breckenridge, CO
We caught up with Alex as he started driving to the East Coast. He and his driver/teammate, Bryan, left Nevada yesterday and are driving through Colorado. They hit a major snowstorm, so had to spend the night in Breckenridge, CO. They’re back on the road, hoping to make it to Des Moine, IA for the night.
Bryan is Alex’s sole teammate for the entirety of the trip, and although he knows nothing about scooters, he knows everything about historic Route 20 as the man in charge of tourism development.
Before Alex packed up and left his home in Las Vegas, NV, he went on a group ride with some fellow riders, meeting up at a local scooter shop, Sevur.
He’ll start the scooter-riding part of his trip on April 24th when he reaches Boston, MA, and make his way westward on an impressive selection of electric scooters, including the following in alphabetical order:
- Apollo Phantom
- Apollo Explore
- Inokim OX
- Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11
- Kaabo Wolf Warrior X
- Kaabo Mantis Pro SE
- Zero 10X Limited
- Zero 11X
We’ve got experience with quite a few of those scooters, and you can check out our full written reviews of each by following the links above.
Scoot America Schedule
Here’s the overall Scoot America schedule.
This is tentative and based on how quickly Alex is able to make his way, how weather and road conditions behave, and barring any other technical difficulties.
Support Scoot America
To support Alex’s cross-country adventure, donate to his GoFundMe. Most of the donations will go toward lodging, gas for the support vehicle, and food for Alex and his team along the way.