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Italians wrap up scooter tour in Red Deer


Starting in Lethbridge, two Italians rode their kick-scooters more than 600 km through parts of Alberta, finishing in Red Deer.

Sleeping on the side of the road, by a river, in a campground, with a group of Harley-Davidson riders or in a house thanks to one nice old hippie, David Ceccarelli, 41, and Andrea Gesmundo, 26, toured southeast and Central Alberta.

“It’s a sport I’ve always done since I was a child,” said Ceccarelli.

One of the sponsors, Yedoo out of the Czech Republic, provided the kick-scooters with a prototype motor. The two have been with the company for three years.

“This kind is a cross-breed of a skateboard and a kick-scooter because you have to manage your balance properly,” said Ceccarelli.

The Prato, Italy, natives have travelled all over the world from their home near Florence, doing trips through Scotland, across Iceland, Germany, Wales and England.

The duo started in Lethbridge, then went to Taber, rode north on Hwy 36 and stayed a couple of nights at Dinosaur Provincial Park.

“We stayed between rocks, lots of flies and everything,” said Ceccarelli.

They then went to Drumheller and looped towards Red Deer.

“Originally we had to finish in Edmonton, but this travel has been like a straight jump into the ’70s,” said Ceccarelli. “We met a lot of very artful people like gypsies, hippies from the ’70s, Harley-Davidson group and we have always been adopted. So we decided to follow the Red Deer River to finish here because it sounds more familiar to us.”

On Monday, they were heading to Calgary by airport shuttle before flying to Toronto and then on to Venice and home.

Along the way, they have met with local media in the various communities they have been to.

“At the end of this travel we have the rights for a book,” said Ceccarelli, who is a writer and illustrator. “A publishing house from North Italy has already bought it.” Gesmundo, who is deaf, is an accountant in Italy.

They expected things to be a little smoother because of Alberta’s flat terrain. Ceccarellia said he broke his front wheel five times and had to change to a bigger one that could hold up. To fit it on his kick-scooter, he had to undo his front brake.

“He (Gesmundo) has broken seven spokes,” said Ceccarelli. “We found a very good man who helped us, a mechanic.”

Next year they will traverse Spain, which Ceccarelli has done in the past. And they have their sights set on a tour of Japan’s Hokkaido Island.

mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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