The day started out wonderfully with incredible weather and with very high spirits. For the first day, there was no limit to how far I could or would even want to go. The journey began at 8 a.m. Cruising down just near the coast of Michigan was everything I hoped for and more. I was moving right along. The moped was performing excellently, and with very little hills, I was constantly staying right around the maximum speed of 40 mph; perfect for soaking in all the nice houses and green landscape.
After a handful of hours and a nice amount of time to just enjoy the sound of the moped pushing me on to new undiscovered areas and possibilities, I reached Indiana! Farms started popping up all over and the road traffic decreased. Time stretched itself out even more than it had through Michigan; constantly broadening my horizon to the vastness of the world. It was a good feeling, and there was little to no monotony in the long peaceful stretches. Sometimes it is nice to just be able to enjoy your surrounding and not need to be thinking about whats next or what needs to be done.
I would occasionally think about what a different life it would be for me to live out in the country and be so far from any hustle and bustle. Personally, seeing what there is to see and being where the action is has much more of an appeal to me, but there is a lot to be said for being content in the quiet places.
Soon enough, I came around a few bends in the road and was magically transported to Rome!! I couldn’t believe me eyes. My mind drifted to the Italian mopeds, the Colosseum and so much more!!! I was pumped!
As I rounded the bend, I sadly discovered that I had not been transported to Rome. A small town in Indiana had decided to just take the name. Saddened, I pressed on. The small shops of the town were a nice change from the farmland and it was very exciting to see people walking down the streets.
As the road kept disappearing behind my little moped, I found myself arriving in Fort Wayne. It was around 3 o’clock and I decided it would be a good place to stay the night. There were a ton of people walking around and so many different places to eat and explore. The visitor center kindly gave me a map and some recommendations of the best places to eat.
With my trusty moped, I continued to explore and see the parks, Indiana Tech, and more! I soon felt the need to get a little exercise and walked around eventually grabbing some food and sitting outside to do some people watching.
I ended up walking to the park in the north of Fort Wayne and smiling as a young boy was playing in the fountain. The parents with their dog watched the child, and another couple were having their photo’s taken. As I walked back to my moped to leave and observed some others playing and talking about Pokemon Go, I could not feel the moped key in my pocket! The quarters had fooled me and tricked me into thinking it was still in there. It had fallen out! I must have not put it fully in my jeans. Starting to sweat, I traced back the loop I had walked, thinking how horrible it would be on the first day to have screwed this trip up! It was around 7 o’clock and the sun setting weighed heavily on my mind in case I was unable to find it in time.
Completing the loop, I had not found it, and none of the others I asked had seen a key either. This was looking bad. With very few other options, I started the loop again. Walking and constantly scanning the ground I desperately searched, vowing to make sure that if I found it, it would be the last time I wasn’t sure it was securely and fully in my pocket. A little bit farther up the sidewalk a piece of black caught my eye, and a wave of relief washed over me. I had found it! Securely in my pocket it went. Whew. With a newfound sense of caution, I arrived back to my moped and searched for a good place to sleep. Finding some nice trees, I set up shop just outside of Fort Wayne and called it a night.
Day 1 complete.