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Tokyo to L.A. - The Hard Way - In a Suzuki Kizashi: Day 19

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Kizashi cruising in to Vancouver

Steven Weinberg has the simple reason for the preponderance of adventurous universe travelers who have their approach to British Columbia. There's only the single major track north by B.C., in to Alaska -- the Al-Can highway.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Kizashi during U.S.-Canada border

Weinberg has only driven his 1959 Renault CV4 from New York to San Francisco, as well as north to Vancouver. He's recreating the 1908 New York-to-Paris competition route, for the second time. He could have chosen the single of many roads to expostulate opposite the U.S. to San Francisco, but there's only the single approach to keep going with the 750-cc powered four-cylinder mid-century subcompact.

Weinberg (pictured in orange shirt), the Dutchman who lives in Luxembourg when he's not upon the road, is the fifth adventurer we've met in dual days in British Columbia.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Steven Weinberg Renault CV4 with Suzuki Kizashi

"Nobody has finished which since, as distant as you know," he says about the New York-to-Paris route. I'm not certain about that, but I'd try to contend nobody has finished it since in such the small, underpowered car, the single with the paucity of parts as well as use available upon the way. Weinberg chose the '59 4CV about seven years ago, since it's similar to the initial automobile he ever owned.

Like Penny as well as Bill Howe from yesterday's posting, Weinberg has finished the circumnavigation before, in 2008. And similar to the Howes, he was incited away in China which year during the Olympics, yet he additionally blames governing body over the Tibetan issue.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Steven Weinberg Renault CV4

Weinberg began this year's outing in New York upon Jul 15, after the Dutch shipping company, the single of his sponsors, delivered his automobile there. He's followed the track of the 1908 race, yet with detours to Yellowstone National Park as well as to Colorado.  From Vancouver, he radically reverses the track you took from Anchorage to Vancouver. He'll have the automobile shipped back to Seattle, then to Japan where he'll expostulate it prior to it's shipped again, to Vladivostok. (Read about the full track as well as of Weinberg's day-by-day blog at:

"Then, from Vladivostok, you will simply expostulate home."

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Stephen Weinberg around the universe route

"Simply" includes driving by Siberia during winter. Weinberg is most impressed the duo of Kizashis made it by Magadan, Russia, for the Tokyo to L.A. - The Hard Way tour. He shrugs off the hardships of driving by Siberia in the automobile with the really medium heater during extreme sub-zero weather.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 unresolved out during Crusin Coffee

"I gathering by Death Valley in the center of summer," he says, as well as points to the 4CV's wing windows.  Weinberg adds dual good reasons for selecting Siberia during the winter: "No some-more mosquitoes, as well as no some-more mud," indicating upon the latter to his car's six inches of belligerent clearance. The permafrost will have the terrain easier.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 the little strong coffee during Crusin Coffee

Weinberg has made only dual modifications to his 51-year-old French subcompact; the 12-volt electrical system to accommodate his laptop as well as camera, as well as gentle front seats. Luggage goes upon the top, as well as Weinberg finds opposite co-pilots for the drive. From Vancouver, his longtime friend, Jaap, who rode with him opposite the U.S., will return to Holland. Weinberg hopes to find the Russian-speaker for which leg of his journey.

What's his motivation? Weinberg is the marine biologist, but additionally an aspiring photographer. He contributes words as well as photos to assorted European publications, together with the French automobile magazine. He loves taking photos of people he meets upon his travels.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 flitting by the Seattle Space Needle

Weinberg finds it tough to ask people if he can take their photos, unless -- "you come with this automobile -- people come to you."

Our tour is removing ever easier, as you expostulate from Vancouver in to Washington. The routes are removing the bit shorter, as well as the Kizashi's fuel expenditure is creeping up, to an average of 23.5 mpg overall for the 8,400 miles it's trafficked so far. Jack Lewis is removing the replacement for his V-Strom's rear tire in Vancouver, as well as will have the banzai run from there down to L.A.

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Kizashi with Todd as well as Ed

After lunch in Bellingham, Washington, Kevin McNulty presses upon ahead of us in the Equator, additionally to return to L.A. early. We encounter up with Leg 2 chief Ed Loh, who's spending the Labor Day weekend in Seattle. Then it's upon to Portland, where you sample well-spoken mai tais as well as Singapore slings during Thatch, the retro-modern tiki bar, prior to grabbing the integrate of to-go pizzas to take to the hotel.

-Photos by Brian Vance

Tokyo to LA US Canada Day18 Kizashi in Portland