Brammo Blog: Red Rock, Tunnels Ride and FUN at CampScoot 2012.

19 08 2012

Blog 33: Some Camping and Riding and all around fun.

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Ok, so Laguna Seca Day 2 gets bumped back again. But I really wanted to put up these beautiful photos and some video I took this weekend.

CampScoot 2012. The 10th anniversary of CampScoot, a scooter and camping weekend held every August. Camping and riding and general craziness up in the Jemez Mountains near Ponderosa, New Mexico. The Jemez (Haymez for those looking to say it correctly) Pueblo area has some amazing Red Rock. And Friday’s ride to Tunnels is one of my favorite rides of all time. I could do that ride everyday.**

But we start with some nice Red Rocks photos.

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It was cloudy and spitting rain a bit…but dang that rock and dirt is such a pretty color.

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These photos are taken after our Tunnels ride and heading back to the Campsite. 

Tunnels Video will be added at the end of the post.

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Probably my favorite.

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I reluctantly left the Red Rocks to get back to camp. I could have taken Red Rock photos all day.

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Campsite. No running water….but 5 kegs of beer.

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My set up…the Truck is very versitale…carries the bike on long trips and also is my tent “floor”.

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New Mexico has some lovely rock formations.

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Indian Sunflowers. Wildflowers that bloom every August.

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And the City Commuter goes Off-Road….just a bit.

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Sunset Friday…This photo makes it look like nobody was there, but everybody is over by the kegs.

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Tunnels ride. We usually have more riders, but it was a good group.

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My favorite scooter accessory.

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Why this ride is called Tunnels.

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A nice part of the Tunnels ride is the creek at the turn around spot. COLD, but refreshing. Josef saying ‘Hi.”

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Long video of leaving campsite to go on Tunnels Ride. I was staying back with Shannon…It was her first ride since being hit by a car and totaling her scooter. She was going a bit slow and nervous, but got much better after a bit.

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Continuation of the Tunnels Ride. Shorter video. This takes us to the turn off to the Tunnels. We almost lost one rider who missed the turn…but I waited just long enough for them to see me waving.

Some nice red rocks. The helmet cam doesn’t do it justice.

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The actual road to Tunnels. GREAT RIDE. 10 minutes long, but, if nothing else, please watch the last few minutes.

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Leaving Tunnels. I left first so I could stop at the GAS STATION on the way back. Wanted a soda. It seems to always rain on us at CampScoot. Crazy. We are drier than heck all summer and then CampScoot comes along and we get rained on every ride we do. It is almost a tradition now. 

I forgot to clear my camera memory…so I run out of space half way through the ride back.

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

**I need to get the Brammo People on this ride. 17 Mile drive was nice…and great to do as they don’t let ICE motorcycles on it…so that was very cool…But I love this ride. It is much more awe-inspiring than the video shows.

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Brammo Blog : Kickball…It’s not just for Children anymore…

15 08 2012

Blog 32: It is also for child-like adults. WAKA WAKA WAKA.

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So my wife and I play adult kickball on Sundays. It is a pretty fun time running around in the sun and hanging with friends, followed by beer. So pretty much a win win.

The Summer Tournament was this weekend. Which meant a few hundred hipsters all got together and played a child’s game. And yelled a lot.

I took a few photos.

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At first I parked outside the fenced area. It was a public park after all. That changed a bit later in the day.

I need some side bags…

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Moved closer to the action.

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Many more tents than this…couldn’t get them all and the bike too…

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For some Kickball was secondary.

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A short blog as I was out at Gallup Clinic all day. Hoping to have Laguna Seca, Day 2 up tomorrow.

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

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Bonus image.

I made this for all our Pediatric Exam rooms. 1. Reminds the doctors to warm their stethoscopes. 2. The kids love the image.

And yes, I didn’t take the photo…we don’t have baby gorillas as patients. I just added the words.

If you have a pediatric practice, please feel free to use this image in your clinic 🙂

It is a 8×10 image.





Brammo Blog : Laguna Seca, Day 1. Open to the Public.

14 08 2012

Blog 31:  The day I got to see the Brammo Empulse in person. She is quite pretty. Oh and tons of people and Brammo Girls too.

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A very lovely Track.

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So this was the first “real” day at Laguna Seca. Friday. The first day for people other than staff, vendors and various hanger-oners like myself.

I got up early, froze on my ride to the track and arrived at 7:30am. Layers, Layers, Layers is the key (I belatedly learned). 50 degrees and wet and cloudy in the AM, sunny and HOT in the afternoon, cold again at night.

I had a parking pass for “Exhibitors” parking, which is a fair bit away from the Marketing Tent and did not have a place to charge the motorcycle. So when the parking people would check my pass and point me toward the road to Exhibitors parking I would say, “Electric Motorcycle. It is being shown in the Brammo Tent,” and that would allow me to go just about anywhere. Super cool.

When I arrived, nobody from Brammo was there yet. So I opened up the Tent, did a bunch of vacuuming and cleaned up the bikes a bit. In the night the 3-D sign had fallen (the plastic tabs on top were not strong enough to hold the weight), so I knew that would be a project to get done before the crowds arrived.

I also plugged in my iPad to have some music playing through the speaker system and turned on the TVs running the Brammo videos. Probably because no other tent was open and LOUD, I ended up with a few people coming by the tent and asking questions. One was a photographer and reporter, and after about 10 minutes of talking to him I said, “I have a confession to make. I don’t really work for Brammo, I’m just a fan helping out.” “Really? You’re wearing a Brammo shirt.” “Yes I am.” “You’re alone here in their tent.” “Guility as charged.”  “You have the music playing and are greeting people as you vacuum. Are you really not an employee?” He was nice and we kinda laughed about it. But from time to time I did feel like I was trying to fool people.

After about a half hour of vacuuming and polishing bikes, Adrian and the crew arrived. Time to get busy. We devised a plan to fix the sign and that became my morning project. Went pretty quick. Looked great. And then on to the next chore.

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Instead of the tabs, I just put holes right through the sign itself. And yes, I’m proud of that sign…well mostly just happy I didn’t screw it up  too badly.

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Around 9am the Brammo Girls arrived. And it was an interesting affect…

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Friday: Day 1. A slow start to what is usually the slowest of the 3 days.

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The Lovely, and very nice, Brammo Girls (Ladies? Women?)

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What surprised me was, well I had never been to a race like this, and truthfully, being raised by a single, feminist mother, well I was never sure how I felt about the young women that Brammo took to certain races and shows. It didn’t seem like a “bad” thing, just a bit dated…and probably mildly sexist. Not a horrid thing, but is it really needed?

Well the answer, especially for a small, little known start-up company, is probably “Yes”. The reaction was incredible. Within 2 minutes of the BGs showing up there were already people coming over with cameras to have their photos taken. Girlfriends and wives taking photos of their boyfriends and husbands with their arms around very pretty young ladies in short shirts. It really did get the tent noticed and a lot of people coming over. It is, quite frankly, a great little marketing ploy for this crowd. The guys loved it. Their wives and girlfriends seem to enjoy it too. And the BGs were extremely professional. There didn’t seem to be a downside to it. Everybody was happy and the young ladies were making a fair salary. So I pushed aside any judgmental thoughts.** Plus, as I said, the young women were all just really nice, smart people who seemed to enjoy the work and were very good at it.

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First guy to step up and get a photo.

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It didn’t hurt that the young ladies were all very pleasant and great with the crowd. And truthfully the Brammo outfits were easily the nicest and least “trashy” of all the groups of “umbrella” girls. We won’t even discuss the Jägermeister outfits. Gah, I thought they were filming a scene from Breaking Bad and the extras from the Meth House scene had shown up at the race. But enough about that…

As more and more people came to the “Tent” I found myself basically going through a sales pitch. Info on the bikes, on the company, on Electric motorcycles in general and about the electric race coming up that weekend. I’m not a shy person, but have NEVER worked in sales. While it didn’t come naturally, I did get somewhat OK at it and had some fun. I think being a “FAN” helped as my enthusiasm was hard to hide.

Truthfully I likely sucked at it, but most people would shake my hand and ask my name before running off in abject terror. “Gavin. Honey, remember that name as it will likely be in the news soon for something horrible.”

I did listen to the other Brammo employees as much as possible. You can learn quite a bit by listening…I should do it more often 🙂 Sadly it is not a “strength” of mine.

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At noon I headed over to the Paddock area. The electric bikes had a 1:30pm practice time and I wanted to see the motorcycles, but:

1) Brammo was running late. No bikes yet.

2) The Paddock area was FAR from the marketing tent. This would be felt later in the day when the adrenaline worn off. The “dogs” were hurting that night. Hours on my feet in the Marketing tent, miles walked between Paddock and Marketing tent and looking about Laguna Seca on my “short” breaks had turned my feet into numb, swollen useless clumps of flesh that not even KFC would fry up and serve…well maybe KFC would.

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I walked this path many many many times….

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I got to the Paddock area and there was a nice big area set up for Brammo…but no truck, no bikes. And practice time is just over an hour away. Tension.

While waiting I walked around to see what other electric bikes were there:

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Lightning without tires.

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Schott Solar

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Virginia Tech Bike

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Luckily for me the new Brammo Truck showed up just minutes after I was done walking around the Paddock. I got to see the arrival and, more importantly, the mass confusion of trying to get the truck unloaded and bikes and everything set up and ready to go with very little room for error. Practice Time was fast approaching. And Practice Time was only a half hour long.

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Quickly it was bodies and bikes everywhere.

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And it didn’t take long to realize Brammo would be racing two bikes instead of one…

Surprisingly, neither bike sports the #1, which Brammo earned by winning the TTXGP last year.

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SteveO’s bike….Naked.

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Eric’s bike Naked.

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The Empulse RR clothes strewn on the ground…Like the morning after some sort of Carbon Fiber frat party.

I moved the pieces (hella carefully) and they are sooooo light.

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And then a surprise 3rd bike comes out of the truck…a race version of the Production Empulse R.

The Empulse TTX…and it is sporting the #1. And my oh my is she pretty.

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Some old loser standing next to the TTX blocking the view.

(For size comparison. 6 foot. 185 pounds.)

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Now the Paddock was fun as it had MAD ENERGY. Not angry energy, just bustling with a kinda dangerous feeling…like that wasp hive you kept poking with a stick when you were 8. I tried to help where I could, kept out of the way as best as I could, and listen to as much as I could. I especially liked when SteveO came over to look at the bikes. Looking closely he quietly commented, “Lots of new parts.”

And I could tell he was not angry, but a bit wary. A cautious tone in his voice. And I can understand his point. It is the constant battle between engineer/designer and rider. The engineer always wants to push and push the bike and it’s parts. The riders does too, but to a lesser extent. The rider wants to know how the bike will ride, how it will handle, how it will feel and react. And every change messes with that. And if the rider gets many many days and hours on the bike, well changes are ok. But if the rider only sees the bike every so often, and every time the bike is changed, well it causes the rider to say things like, “Lots of new parts,” in a cautious tone.

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The other fun thing was I got to be a sun reflector guy for the photographers. And yes I took off my Brammo Polo shirt. I would do that from time to time till Adrian yelled at me to put it back on. I felt a bit like an impostor in that shirt as everyone thought I worked for Brammo. Even a few Brammo employees asked me what I did at Brammo. Brammo is growing and growing and the employees don’t even know all of the people now on payroll.

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Steve Atlas’ Empulse RR all lit up by yours truly

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Dr. Brian von Frankenstein and his creation.

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After the paddock madness (SteveO got a few laps in…but Eric’s bike had a glitch and wasn’t ready in time to do the practice laps. Eric’s “practice” laps would have to be at Qualifying on Saturday), I went back over to the Marketing Tent to continue my sales work. Ok, I went back mostly to hang out with the Empulse TTX that was moved from the Paddock over to the center of the Marketing tent.

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And the lucky guy that gets to ride around to the dealerships and show off the bike and give demo rides, James. He knows a ton about the bike and had put about 700 miles on the bike before it got stripped down into racing form (new colors, no turn signals, no back light).

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And the TTX was a big hit with the race fans. Clutch, 6 speed, fast…It is a “real” motorcycle with solid parts and performance. She is really really well built and kinda sexy.

And the rest of the day was basically showing off all the bikes and answering a billion questions. And at the end of the day I rode back to my motel in Salinas. The Brammo people again very graciously invited me out to dinner, but I thought it would be good for them to get a break from me. I am best “appreciated” in small doses. Plus they were going for Mexican food. I live in New Mexico and know that good Mexican food is great…but bad Mexican food is horrid. I wasn’t taking that chance 🙂  From reports the next day, I made the right choice.

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I wish I had talked to Steve Atlas a bit more, but he seemed a bit preoccupied, which is totally understandable. So I gave him some space. I did tell him I liked his new Icon Carbon helmet. He told me I could have it after the season***. I told him “Wow, Thanks!” Even though I know: A) He likely wouldn’t remember…and B) It likely wouldn’t fit my big Irish head. But it was nice for him to offer like that. I also told him that he should title his next Brammo Blog “Lots of new parts”. He smiled a bit at that.

I only talked to Eric Bostrom, Brammo’s newest rider, a bit on Friday. He seemed like a very nice young man. More on that in the next blog as I talked to him more on Saturday and Sunday.

Till Next Time…

Gavin

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**Judgmental aspect wasn’t about the young women, but more the people who wanted to come up and be photographed with them. I had a, mostly, change of heart about that. As I said, the women were great. And the people coming up were also nice and having a good time. At one point BrammoJenn and I talked a bit about the people that come up. She said there are 3 types. 1) The guy who puts both arms around the girls and pulls them in close…these you have to watch as they can get grabby. 2) The guys who put their arms out and “around” the girls, but never actually touch them. 3) The guys who keep there arms down at their sides or behind them. There is the 4th type who won’t go up to the girls, but will pretend to be casually walking past while “slyly” taking a photo as they walk by.  The cutest interaction I saw was when a boy about 10 or 11 was getting his photo taken with the BGs and a couple of his friends were watching. He asked something of one of the young ladies and just as the photo was being taken she leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. He was grinning from ear to ear as he walked back saying, “I told you I would ask her to….” It was adorable. Me? Brammofan told me I had to have my photo taken with the “girls”. I admit to being hesitant, just not my thing. But then again I thought why not. Of course I hate all photos of myself, so here I am with the BrammoGirls…slightly modified.

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I thought I would be a type 3, but I guess I am a type 2…arms out, no touching.

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***SteveO asked me what I liked about the ICON helmet. I told him I liked the Carbon Fiber and that the graphics are really top notch. A good looking helmet. I asked SteveO why he would give away such a nice helmet. He told me he is a Shoei guy and likes their helmets best. Hard to argue, Shoei helmets fit my head best too. Of course I’m vain enough to let wear a less comfortable helmet just because I like the way it looks.

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Bonus strangeness…

Ha…I am in the July Fit Magazine from the Albuquerque Journal. Crazy.

http://www.abqjournalfit.com/blog/2012/07/07/allout-interval-training-gets-maximum-results/

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I’m 50…and I can Kick and Punch…

I’m in the white shirt, over the Instructors right shoulder.

I need a tan.

And yes the class is 90% women…I am no fool.

Well I am actually quite the fool, but not about that…my wife also goes to that class 🙂





Brammo Blog : Still supporting the 3 day weekend…but dang I’ve missed a couple of days…Slacker Nation Unite.

10 08 2012

Blog 31: Friday, so blog is not a blog at all. It’s just your imagination, once again, running away with you….

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Today is a day for a couple of mash ups and a short bit about the wife rolling her beautiful eyes at me… sigh.
Still I keep promising a Laguna Seca Blog…but LIFE seems to enjoy getting in the way. Double Sigh. It is coming…soon.

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So I love taking images and adding the Enertia to them…I am horrible at it, but I count that as part of the “charm”.

Today I add the Empulse to a couple of photos.

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It is Friday…the day to plan your Great Escape

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I actually met Steve McQueen** once. It was his heavy drinking stage and he was a bit bloated and I remember he was quite impressive in how much he put down. I was at Chez Jays in Santa Monica with my father. It was one of his “divorced daddy” days and he usually took me and my brother to the bar. We would sit at the bar and eat peanuts and drink “Captain Kangaroos” (which were really Shirley Temples, but we didn’t want to drink Shirley Temples, so the bartender just renamed the drink for us). I was 6 or 7…maybe 5? A bit of a blur…those Captain Kangaroos were STRONG.

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Small story: The other night it was raining, thunder, lightning, the sky was an orange and gray color even though dusk was over an hour away. It looked like it could hail…or worse. Ominous, but lovely.

I was going to meet my lovely wife and lovely daughter for dinner; along with my older brother and a close friend, Margret, who were already at the Tavern.

So I’m leaving the house: there is a car in the garage, there is a pickup truck out front, there is the Enertia. Guess which one I take.

I get to The Barley Room soaking wet, big smile on my face. The wife looks over and slowly shakes her head and rolled her eyes in such a way that would make a shark at a feeding frenzy jealous. Poor woman is married to an idiot.

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

For more info on Brammo, please visit: www.brammo.com
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Bonus. Non-Brammo related…

I made this the other day and my daughter made fun of me…”Dad, you know there are a thousand images like that on the internet.” “I made mine first.” “Uh, no.” “Well I made mine before I saw any of the others.” I get no respect.

I’m proud of my tire tracks, even if they are not at all the same as the Morse code tread of the Curiosity. Kinda cool how the tread spells out JPL in Morse code. Geeks, gotta love them.

Ps.  NASA, I’m loving the images from Mars. We live in “wondrous” times.

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**Of course this is not Steve McQueen at all. Yes, he was a great motorcycle rider and could have done the jump easily, but the studio wouldn’t let him. So this is his stunt double.





Brammo Blog: There is no Final Frontier…So keep pushing on.

7 08 2012

Blog 30: Dang Olympics AND Space Exploration are messing with my blogging time.

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There is a war waging inside of me: The inner geek is loving the Curiosity landing…freaking genius. The inner jock is loving the Olympics. And the inner blogger is taking a nap. Sigh, can’t we all just get along??

So yesterday I missed my First Day of Seca blog. I hope to do that one tonight and make today a double blog day.

But first…a quick and easy blog…It is my uneducated attempts at marketing and publicity for Brammo, Mars Style.

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Only one Enertia ad….Brammo is pushing the Empulse now, so….

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I will make a few Olympic ones, but have to be careful as the Olympics go after EVERYBODY who uses their name or images…Crazy.

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

For more info on Brammo, please visit: www.brammo.com
For more images, photos, discussions and all around Brammo goodness: visit, lurk and maybe join: www.brammoforum.com

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PS…It has come to my attention that Ryan Reynolds wanted a Mission R electric motorcycle, but Mission only made the one race bike and it wasn’t for sale at any price. So Brammo get Ryan Reynolds an Empulse R like yesterday. It will be great and easy publicity. The freaking story writes itself:

Ryan Reynolds, who has played both DeadPool and The Green Lantern (and was married to The Avenger’s Black Widow) drives a Brammo Empulse electric motorcycle….

It would be all over the press in like ZERO* time…and it would be good for Brammo to work fast before some other company* jumps in…

I’ve always said Brammo needs to get a bike to Brad Pitt since he loves motorcycles. Ryan Reynolds would be almost as good and he already wants a fast electric motorcycle. The Empulse is the only “fast” production bike available.  And,since Mr Reynolds is Canadian, he could end up being a spokesman for Brammo when Brammo sales start up in Canada, eh.

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google image search Ryan Reynolds Motorcycle and you get tons of photos…I will have to “shop” one of these later…





BrammoBlog: Laguna Seca. Thursday. Set-up day before the Show.

3 08 2012

Blog 29: I meet the Brammo people and get put to work.

It will be a theme throughout the weekend. Yesterday’s Blog was Heading Home. Today we go “back in time” to the morning before Laguna Seca started. To the morning before 17 Mile Drive. Better get my Enertia up to 88 mph…

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Basically the 4 day weekend went like this: “Hello. Nice to meet you Gavin. Now get to work.”

Adrian told me I would be a VIP, but I didn’t know that meant Very Indentured Person. Luckily is was a fun, though tiring, form of servitude.

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The Brammo Team got to Laguna Seca around 8am. I didn’t arrive till 11. So I missed out on the fun of unloading the Dino DNA truck (my daughter would LOVE that truck).

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So much vacuuming needed done on that horrid outdoor carpeting. Shudder.

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Unloaded, but still tons of work to be done. Posters to hang, bikes to set up…and a 3-D hanging poster board to be made…strangely enough that duty fell on my shoulders**.

Why? Why not I guess.

**Duty fell on my shoulders…hehehe.

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Getting there.

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MY three dimensional sign…So much duct tape on the inside. Box cutters and duct tape can do anything. Not necessarily pretty, but the job was done.

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How Adrian looked 80 percent of the time 🙂 He’s a busy man with that phone.

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Can Brammo make this the next priority now that the Empulse is basically done? People love the dirt bikes.

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Lots of new pamphlets to hand out.

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And finally the tent is done for the day. Adrian is looking at his watch and seeing how the timing is going for our 17 Mile Drive ride. We made it easily.

Only thing missing in the tent is the Empulse TTX, which will go in the center. It is coming with the race team Friday morning.

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Some riding in Video.

First “morning” ride to Seca fooled me. This was at 11am, so I thought every morning would be nice…WRONG.

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Riding up the hill to Seca. 16% grade. Enertia handled it like nothing. I started looking for 32% grade hills.

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A much more typical 7:30 am drive into Seca. Cold, Wet, Foggy. Grrrrr…Fingerless gloves was a bad choice.

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Long Video

This is one of the ways to exit Laguna Seca. It was labeled “Motorcycles only” the first time I drove it. I didn’t know where it went, but I had to ride it. It was a blast. About 5 to 6 miles of fun twisty road with no cars. I didn’t have my helmet cam that day, but knew I wanted to ride it again. The next time I rode it, it was a bit later in the day and the “Motorcycles Only” sign was gone, but still hella fun. I would ride that road everyday if I had the chance.

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Then it was off to the Brammo Pad to clean up before heading to Pebble Beach. Nice place. HUGE.

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After 17 Mile Drive the whole Brammo Crew headed to Bubba Gumps. While waiting I thought I would ask a question to Zoltar. “When will I get my Plus? Who will be the vaulted BrammoEvangelista? What should I get for Dinner?” You know, the typical questions one asks an Oceanside animatronic fortune teller.

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The Reply:

“Dude, I would answer but that Pink Jelly Belly guy is just freaking me out. Why is he there? What does he want? It looks like he is constantly coming my way, yet his eyes always look the other direction. And why does he look like a stomach in a Pepto Bismol ad? No really, can somebody please get him out of that damn window?!?”

It was the second strangest fortune I’ve ever received.

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So Zoltar was no help.

Luckily the Corona-Rita was:)

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

For more info on Brammo, please visit: www.brammo.com
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Bonus Videos

Bonus Video…2 short clips of Coastal 1. Love that road. I love how the ocean meets mountains in such a close proximity.

shaky and short…iPhone while driving and a motorcycle in the back of the truck.

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Riding in Monterey.

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riding into Monterey.

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looking for the Brammo Pad in Monterey.

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BrammoBlog: Homeward Bound–From Cali to Vegas to Burque

2 08 2012

Blog 28: The Fun is over, now the work begins…1100 miles driving a cage back home.

blog slightly out of order…but I wanted to do this blog for all the pretty photos. Laguna tomorrow…again.

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I wanted to do a little video and photo taking on my trip home. Las Vegas begs to be captured at night. And so I went riding.

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What is it about Clowns that makes them so “unsettling”?

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Up on curbs, in the middle of roadways…”You HAVE to stop at the best angle for the photo, Officer”…

I have that line ready. Haven’t used it yet as Vegas, like the Honey Badger**, don’t care about anything.

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Dusk was quite nice that night. I drove up on any curb or sidewalk I wanted. Nobody batted an eye.

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Could you get a more American photo? Flag, Statue of Liberty, electric motorcycle…well maybe….

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Apple Pie…BOOM…for teh win!!!

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Next stop…Nevada and the Hoover Dam.

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All the states I’ve visited have been so friendly…they all Welcome me. I take that as permission to park where I want….

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But not everybody agrees…

Parking here for about 20 seconds to dismount and take this photo and I received a “Stern” warning. Something about Federal Lands and I could get in big trouble. I wondered if the big trouble amounted to a 10 second warning by a rent a cop…but I just pretended not to speak English and drove off, with a polite wave back…trying to remember how many fingers are needed for a proper wave…

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Another area I was not supposed to stop at…but nobody bugged me. If they think I’m going to try and “harm” the dam, shouldn’t they stop me before I get onto the dam??

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Another Dam photo.

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I had a Dam good time. Sorry, it had to be done.

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I had wanted to make one more stop…Meteor Crater. Sadly it was raining…HARD…both times I passed by….So that is saved for next trip.

So far I’ve ridden the Enertia in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and California. Not bad for a city commuter 🙂

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

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Brammo Blog : 17 Mile Drive.

1 08 2012

Blog 27: Where I wait on Fed Ex, build a 3D sign for the Marketing tent, ride 17 Mile Drive and then have a tasty Coronarita. Fun.

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Ok, I will quote Protomech here:

God-like powers activate!

Yes, I have my MOJO back, BABY! Who says “NO” to Gavin? NOBODY. Let’s see how Thor feels about this:

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Come on, Thor, you can smile better than that

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Much better…though pretty creepy.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself (as usual). The day did not start with my God-Like powers in full effect. My day started with waiting and an ugly ugly orange Gremlin.

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It was in Kingman, Arizona (about 400 miles from home) that I realized I didn’t have my helmet cam. Way too far to turn back. But I really wanted that cam to record our ride on 17 Mile Drive (that was approved by the Pebble Beach’s Executive Team some time earlier. I had been keeping that info secret). So my wife was sending it by Fed Ex, and I was pacing like a panther waiting for it to arrive. Front Desk to Room to Front Desk to walk around the parking lot to Room to Front Desk. I knew that the Brammo Team was getting to Laguna Seca at 8 am to start setting up and I wanted to get there ASAP. It was now 10am and no FED EX.

There were two positives that came out of waiting…well positives might be overstating it. One, Brammo needed fishing line and scissors. Since I was just waiting around I stopped my pacing and went out shopping. The sad thing is that I now know where the Walmart is in Salinas, Ca. I had hoped to go the whole trip without going into a Walmart, and here it is less than 24 hours in town and already searching one out. Two, across the street was a crazy ugly orange Gremlin. The first car my brother and I shared was a 1974 Gremlin. Gawd that was a love/hate relationship (with the car, not my brother). Just a horrid horrid car, but still “a car“. And it had a bench seat, which is nice when you’re 16.

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Just an awful car in sooooo many ways. Yet I will always love it dearly.

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So, fishing line and scissors in hand, I headed off from Salinas toward Monterey.  I never once saw the sun in Salinas. Foggy, cloudy, damp…Yes. Sun…No. The whole, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Salinas.” I dressed for New Mexico summer, not a London spring.

It’s at this point that I’m going to go allPulp Fiction non-linear style. Because I want to cover 17 Mile Drive before I talk about Laguna Seca. Heck, maybe I should cover Laguna Seca tomorrow? So we skip ahead…

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17 Mile Drive: The Ride.

Background. 17 Mile Drive is a lovely bit of road between Monterey and Carmel that runs through Pebble Beach. It follows along the coast and heads inland through some beautiful trees and fun twisty roads. It is a guarded community with private roads and certain rules.

http://www.pebblebeach.com/activities/explore-the-monterey-peninsula/17-mile-drive

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From the website:

Special note should be made of the highlighted area. There is some confusion of when the last non-resident motorcycle riders have been allow on 17 Mile Drive:

Some say 1992, some say 1972…either way, many many years have passed since the last time. At least a generation.

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I knew Brammo would be staying very very close to 17 Mile Drive and I really wanted to ride that road. I knew we would be on CLEAN, QUIET vehicles. And I knew that electric motorcycles would be the absolute best way to enjoy 17 Mile Drive, while still respecting the environment and people living there. So I emailed to Pebble Beach’s public relations executive. And he was absolutely GREAT. A couldn’t ask for better communication nor a more positive attitude. I was a bit shocked, surprised and extremely happy. I expected a “No”, or a “We would like to, but” or no answer at all. Instead they asked for some background and information and then asked some more questions. They actually contemplated, thought it through and decided to try it and see.  Thanks so much Mr. Pierce.

Some background is here:

http://brammoforum.com/index.php?topic=1350.0

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But enough of that: Photos is what this blog is all about.

Bikes charging up at Laguna Seca before The Ride. We had approval for 5 bikes, 5 riders. 1 rider had to cancel, so 4 bikes went.

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The ride was sent up for us to hit the gate at 5 pm. The downside is that the Brammo team had been working so hard getting set up that they started thinking maybe they should just skip the ride. I, and I think they too, were glad they didn’t bail. But you’ll have to ask them.

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Our destination

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A screen capture from video of us at the gate. The security team was expecting us and SUPER NICE.

They asked about the bikes (where are they made, how fast do they go, etc) and didn’t charge us to enter.

Mr. Pierce, they were great. Give them a raise 🙂

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Adrian Stewart asking if it was alright for Sarah to ride…forgetting my powers. Nobody says NO to me.

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First Stop is Point Joe and asking strangers to take our photo.

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4 bikes, 5 riders. Our GANG took over 17 Mile Drive.

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leaving Point Joe

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Second Stop…the Famous Lone Cypress. Adam and Sarah posing.

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The Lone Cypress is the official logo of Pebble Beach.

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heading toward the Lone Cypress

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parking at the Lone Cypress

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It is a wonderful drive. And I am so happy to have ridden it with other riders.  Go Team Brammo! 🙂 I hope Pebble Beach finds a way to allow more riders on this lovely roadway.

I did get a few comments already on-line that I thought I would share with you:

“Well done Gavin. It’s great to see that:
a) the folks at Pebble Beach are not doing blanket rejection of motorcycles.
b) Gavin was able to effect real change by asking nicely.

The “Electric = more roads open to motorcyclists” argument has also been made “loud and clear” with things like dirt bike tracks in cities. There’s no way that people would put up with those bikes with ICE’s, but no problem with electrics.”

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“Wow, my image of Pebble Beach just skyrocketed!

As a motorcyclist, I used to think their excuses for banning bikes were just that, excuses.  But if they are open-minded enough to let EV bikes out there, then I’ll man up and be open-minded about Pebble Beach too.

I honestly never thought they would let you guys do it, Gavin.  I certainly was proven wrong in a big way!!  Good work”

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I sent those messages directly to Pebble Beach and they were very appreciative.

This is great, Gavin. Thank you for sending these thoughts and sentiments along. They will go a long way in reviewing this policy moving forward.

And wouldn’t it be great if electric bikes opened up new places to ride, open up new thoughts on what a motorcycle is, what a motorcycle can be.

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Laguna Seca will have to wait for tomorrow’s blog.

Till Next Time…

Gavin

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Bonus 17 Mile Drive videos:

from security gate to Point Joe

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leaving the Lone Cypress

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following the other bikes after I had made a wrong turn.

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Brammo Blog : early morning update.

26 07 2012

Blog 25: When is a vacation like work?

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Ha, trick question…all vacations are like work. Planning, getting here or there. Schedules…etc etc

There is a reason everybody comes back from a vacation and says, “I should have taken a couple of days to recoup from my vacation.”

So I began my “vacation” with a 12 hundred mile drive. And now I am up at 6:30 to get ready for the third day of my “vacation”…many hours at Laguna Seca setting up paddock and tents…followed by group ride and dinner plans…a full day followed by other full days followed by 12 hundred mile ride home…I will need to recoup from this vacation for sure…but didn’t take any extra days, so will go to real work next Wednesday and complain that I should have taken a couple of days to recoup…rinse and repeat.

This morning I find my roommate is hogging the bathroom…I hate that about her…

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A variation on “I park where I want”.

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Waiting for the helmet cam (which I forgot…because I’m an idiot) which is coming to the Motel by overnight delivery (thanks D 🙂 ) and then off to the Raceway.

The blog posts will be short, but I will try and post 2 or 3 a day for the next couple of days.

Then a big Magnus Opus at the end when I have a real computer in front of me…I love me iPad, but she is in truth a lovely toy…oh she does what she does well, but there are times when you need a full  computer..

Well gotta run, or ride…or fight the Enertia for some bathroom time.

Love and fishes…

G

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Has nothing to do with this trip or blog post…but our “random photo of the day” is:

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Yep, me in Florida giving a Manatee a “tittie twister”. I find that I put on a mask and snorkel and suddenly I am the bully of the sea. Purple Nerkle an octopus? Can do. Wet Willy that sea turtle? You got it…though I’m pretty sure the turtle is already darn wet everywhere. And when you meet a manatee for the first time, well is it a normal reaction to grab his/her boob? And take a photo of it?
What is wrong with me?**

**well a lot probably…but in my defense…I blame society…plus Manatees like to be scratched and rubbed, which is what I was doing…scratching his/her chest, that he/she presented to me…they are basically the slow moving whores of the sea. Lounging around, eating a lot and wanting to be touched…heck, they are the stoned teenagers of the sea…or anybody at a Rave on E.





Brammo Blog : Long, but beautiful day.

26 07 2012

Blog 24: where I lay in motel bed and listen to the Enertia charging in the bathroom.

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The battery fan droning is almost hypnotic…I doubt I can write much as sleep is pulling down my eyelids with gentle fingers.

But a brief rundown:

Got up at 6:30am to ride the strip. Last night the strip was beautifully bathed in neon glow and bustling bodies…and way way WAY too many cars. 9 miles took 1 1/2 hours. Painful.

I wanted to ride early the next morning hoping I would miss the crowds but still get some neon lights…

I miscalculated. No eastern mountain like at home to block the early sunrise and keep the brightness of day locked away for just that little bit longer.

(On the way home next week I will set the alarm clock for 4am…late enough to have less traffic, but still dark enough to have lights burn bright and shiny)

By 7am the Sun was a fair amount up in the sky, much more than expected. But I still had a nice little ride this morning before packing and heading out of Vegas.

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First stop, Egypt
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Then New York City. Riding on the strip for the second time helped me know where to park and not get hit by cars.

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Then Italy

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And finally, Paris.

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Then in the truck and off to Cali…hills that is…swimming pools, movie stars…

Decided that 8 hours and 500 plus miles was too short of a day, so took the long way…Coastal Highway 1. Beautiful road. But added 70 miles and 1 1/2 hours to the ride.

But got to see and smell the ocean. I don’t know what it is, memory or reality or a mixture of both, but the ocean air in Cali is different than the ocean air of the East coast. Stronger, saltier. Perhaps it is the fact that the wind comes off the ocean stronger and is held in more by the coastal mountains.

Whatever it is, I love it. For me it smells of childhood…of sand too hot to walk on, but dig  your feet down and the sand is suddenly cool and moist…it smells of goosebumps in August when wet skin and a cloudy day collide…it smells of sun stroke and ice baths…it is relaxing and exciting all at one time…

It is the one thing I miss about living in the desert.

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And then a nice ride up the coast through Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove and finally to my hovel in Salinas with the bathroom taken up by my quietly droning Enertia.

I unloaded the bike and rode down to Laguna Seca raceway. it was in essence a scouting ride. How far is it? How long will it take to ride from the motel? How much battery will it use?

Mostly it was a reason to ride in the open air after being in a cage all day.

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Yesterday it was 100 degrees in Las Vegas. When I get into Salinas it was 60 degrees, overcast and moisture hung heavy in the air (not used to that in Albuquerque). The ride to Laguna Seca is colder than I expected. The road to Laguna Seca is 55 mph, some 65 mph. So I’m riding fast as dusk is falling and the temps are dropping and the cold, wet air seeps into bones. I only brought fingerless summer riding gloves and fingers groan a bit. No scarf and neck chills. It’s freaking SUMMER…why would I need gloves and scarf? Moisture…I have forgotten you…too many years in the desert.

I ride in the cold back at home. But the Sun and the dry hold the cold back…sometimes a lot, sometimes just a bit. But moisture grabs that cold and pulls it deeper. Drags it along and says, “Hey Cold, see that bone there? That’s your home now. Get in there and stay a while.”

I packed a weeks worth of clothes…but I packed a weeks worth of New Mexico summer clothes. I might be off to the store tomorrow to buy some long sleeve shirts and gloves with freaking fingers still attached.

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Till Next Time…

Gavin

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