4,500 miles. 11 days. 4 dirt bikes. 4 dudes. 1 sprinter.
These were the numbers for our trip across the US for the 2018 Motocross of Nations. The trip started in San Diego CA, where Max Mandell and little big brother West loaded up Max’s modified sprinter van for us to live in for a week and a half. They made it to Illinois in 36 hours at 2:00am on Wednesday. Ryan (Reno) Carreno and I spent a few extra days in California tying up loose ends at work. We’d go on to fly into O’Hare International and meet up with our brothers in their hometown Highwood, Illinois.
We spent the first two days in Highwood. The Mandell’s showed us the ropes of the small town located off the west coast of Lake Michigan. Their hometown family and friends seemed to be at every corner of the town and all of them showed us a great time while we were there. The three days we spent there prior to the Motocross of Nations were kind of a blur; a lot of late nights and slow mornings. Before we knew it, Sunday morning rolled around and it was time for us to head to the other side of Lake Michigan for the Motocross of Nations at Red Bud.