This is a place where I post thoughts and information about riding again after all these years and the KLR 650 that I have for that purpose.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Reading about that winter trip to Death Valley with a mixed group of BMWs, KLRs, and other rides, I can't help feeling a little left out on that one but hey the time wasn't right and I have been to DV less than a year ago. Next time I want to go on two wheels and see if I can't revisit an earlier wild trip through Saline Valley as well.

Still, those shots of a green KLR in Titus Cyn called to me, big time!

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Declare Your Independence

(snipped from the book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts)

"Of all the outrageous throwaway lines one hears in movies, there is one that stands out for me. It doesn't come from a madcap comedy, an esoteric science-fiction flick, or a special-effects-laden action thriller. It comes from Oliver Stone's Wall Street, when the Charlie Sheen character--a promising big shot in the stock market--is telling his girlfriend about his dreams.

"I think if I can make a bundle of cash before I'm thirty and get out of this racket," he says, "I'll be able to ride my motorcycle across China."

When I first saw this scene on video a few years ago, I nearly fell out of my seat in astonishment. After all, Charlie Sheen or anyone else could work for eight months as a toilet cleaner and have enough money to ride a motorcycle across China. Even if they didn't yet have their own motorcycle, another couple months of scrubbing toilets would earn them enough to buy one when they got to China.

The thing is, most Americans probably wouldn't find this movie scene odd. For some reason, we see long-term travel to faraway lands as a recurring dream or an exotic temptation, but not something that applies to the here and now. Instead?out of our insane duty to fear, fashion, and monthly payments on things we don't really need--we quarantine our travels to short, frenzied bursts. In this way, as we throw our wealth at an abstract notion called "lifestyle," travel becomes just another accessory -a smooth-edged, encapsulated experience that we purchase the same way we buy clothing and furniture."

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

KLR Sighting

Once again I spotted a mid 90's KLR (barbie model?) parked across the street from the federal building just west of the Capital in downtown Sacramento. I'll have to leave a note on the bike sometime and see if I can figure out who rides it. I have noticed at least on KLR Yahoo lister from Sac before.

Three day weekend coming up. Maybe I can get in a little longer ride one of those days. I hope so...

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Truth stranger than fiction?

I don't know, what do you think?

Song of the sausage creature

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Taking a Trip?

Man, I wish I was you.
Really? Well, hang in there....

Then came Bronson

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