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 : 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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Brammo Blog : bonus coverage…

24 07 2012

Blog 23…kinda

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As much as I love my iPad, I am horrid at blogging with it. At least the way I want to blog.

So I am adding a few photos and videos here, but don’t expect it to look nice or behave well with others…the blog has taken the social network to an anti-social place…Plus the internet absolutely sucks in my room…slow and painful, like the hangnail scene in Black Swan, but, without hyperbole, a billion times worse

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I have trust issues where I am in Vegas…I couldn’t do this at the Venetian, but then I probably wouldn’t have too either.

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Holy Moley, driving the strip sounds fun…but the reality is like having Capt. Hook give you a prostate exam, but, without hyperbole, a billion times worse.
9 miles in 1 1/2 hours…a part of my soul died…but it could have been heat stroke.

I did go from end to end…and will redo it at 7am…I imagine the traffic will be much much less…jeez I hope so.

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I did some video…will look through it, but likely will get better stuff with less traffic.

In the meantime….a random collection of recent stuff.

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Hooligan!!

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Peek a boo…following my brother to Hotel Parq Central and taking a look at myself in the back window.

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A long video–10 minutes—of driving from Knob Hill to Hotel Parq Central and back through Knob Hill…at sunset.

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And have a few more…but will spare you…for now…

Have a great evening…

Gavin