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On the road... I'm on the road...

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I'm posting this from the train to Santa Barbara. I'll be doing a pre-release there in about 3 hours. Its rainy, but the sea and mountains are beautiful still.

One of the things I enjoy about Pokémon is the travel. I used to patrol the California coast from San Diego to Marin in my late teens and twenties. Since getting involved with Organized Play I've done that again over the last 8 years... traveling to tournaments to play and to judge.

There have been a lot of good times in the van, going up and down the state, and even to Arizona & Nevada. Driving through the mountains in the snow to CCs & PREs. Showing up early in Long Beach at the Queen Mary STS only to find ourselves at the end of a very long line. Sprinting into the San Diego convention center to make the SDSC on time after finally finding parking.

With my children's friends growing up and going off to college, those times of flying down the interstate at 70MPH while the boys are rocking and bouncing the van with their horseplay, trying to break the boredom of the long drive (and my sanity), have gotten fewer. And then, there's the price of gas. Out west here, states are far apart. Its 1 state tournament for me, though the PTOs try to make sure neighboring states are on different weekends.

Of course, as a judge at Regionals, Nationals and Worlds, there have been other travel opportunities. Our family, all five, went together to the Disney parks, tacking a family vacatio onto the World Championships in Orlando last year.

I've had a lot of fun meeting people and learning their stories. I heard and shared some amazing experiences. A mom and her children with a Marine husband - she saw his Humvee hit an IED in Iraq (he was KO'd, but recovered in a couple days). I've spent the night in the ER while a staffer got treated for a crushing migraine. Playing cards with the PCL in the middle of the night in 2003 & discovering that Expedition Gengar should have been a lot more amazing. Hearing the story of the legendary "Impostor Dealer Billy" -- a homeless guy who alternately tried to impress and wheedle to get money out of the kids across at a fast food during a break at one event.

Well, this is not too coherent, partly because I keep getting distracted by the scenery. I'll try to post some pictures later, if I can get some that aren't blurry.

How 'bout you? Had a fun or notable experience travelling for Pokemon events?

Updated 11/01/2008 at 11:25 AM by bulbasnore

The Journey


  1. Prime's Avatar
    School has been such a big part of my life...since like I've been born. I can't remember a time when I haven't been in school or college or something like it. So, I haven't really had the fun of traveling around the country, but in the years I have been playing Pokemon, I have been able to travel all around my side of the USA and been able to visit North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida. It's awesome that Pokemon has taken me to so many new locations and I have loved every trip. I love to travel and I love to meet new people who have the same passions I do.

    Pokemon has brought so much to my life, and for that I am truly grateful.
  2. dld4a's Avatar
    There was a tournament being held in Manitowoc, WI. That's about 160 mi. from my house in Crystal Lake, IL. I had been traveling up there with friends for several years. I had always wanted to ride my bike to a tourney, any excuse to ride. This seemed like a good time. At the time I had a 1989 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Hugger (yes I said 1200 Hugger). I was just outside of Sheboygan, about 30 mi. from my destination, when I blew a head gasket. Now I'm stranded on the side of the road, I'm a half hour away from my destination with an hour to get there. I love cell phone technology. I called Sheboygan Harley tat I found through 411 and they picked up the bike. Then I called Jimmy to come and get me. We made it back to the tourney in time and I had my usual fair to midland day. Certainly a notable experience for me.
  3. bulbasnore's Avatar
    @dld4a - Wish I knew enough about Harley's to know why the 1200 Hugger is special. My son and I keep talking about riding our metric cruisers up to a tourney. Maybe one of these days we'll make it. Jimmy to the rescue!
  4. dld4a's Avatar
    Hugger's were a version of the standard Sportster line that Harley only made from 1988 through 2002. They were a little lower in the saddle, had a longer wheelbase, and were a little lower to the ground. They came from the factory exclusively with the 883 cc engine. There's a kit that you can install to increase the cc's from 883 to 1200 (they say a kit 1200 actually has a little more power than a factory 1200). Technically there's no such thing as a '1200' Hugger, but I had one.
  5. dld4a's Avatar
    Currently I have a Honda VTX 1300.