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April 25, 2010

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Getting Back In Travel Mode

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I’ve got few days of the trip under my belt now.  The nuances of living on the road are coming to me through both past experience and necessity.  My only scare so far occurred when I left my backpack at a gas station.  Luckily my Stonehenge II stop was only 5 minutes away so I was able to go back to get it, and all it’s contents (including my wallet).  That was less than two hours into the trip.  I didn’t wait long to make it and adventurous one did I?

The roads I’ve been on, see my map, have been fantastic.  Empty, lots of curves, wildflowers, scenery, and open spaces.  I was a bit let down when I saw that I-90 was the only way west as I was trying to stay to two lane roads.  Turns out it is a two lane and I saw more Border Patrol trucks than anything else.  I’ve riden 600 miles so far and am currently in Marathon, TX.

Scrappy

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Scrappy

 

I’m only about an hour from Big Bend tonight and will be heading that way at daybreak.  Figure to be there for 3-5 days.  The people here in Marathon said that the cacti are blooming this week which is a rare thing to see.  Can’t wait to check it out!

Scrappy was my first, “Did I just see what I thought I just saw moment?”.  I made a quick u-turn, and apparently, yes I did see what I thought.  Even for Texas sculptures that one was unique.

Stonehenge II was a quick stop and I continued west to the twisted sisters roads 336 and 337.  Very enjoyable.  About the only vehicles on 336 were other bikes.  I stopped midway in to take some pictures and enjoy it.  I had my helmet on to leave and happened to look up and see a branch tied to a tree trunk making a cross with a side view mirror stuck to the truck.

Broken Mirror on Cross

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Broken Mirror on Cross

 

I figured there had been an accident at some point and wandered over.  I snapped a few pictures and wanted to try one more view when I noticed a chain hanging from the cross.  I pulled the chain and a plaque came into view “2/9/08 V-Star 1300”  Ah, someone’s bike bit the bullet there, not someone.  Made taking pictures less somber.  Truth be told I first read it as someone named Star Boo died there two years ago, my bad.

V-Star Grave with Sun Star

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V-Star Grave with Sun Star

 

Before leaving I’d setup a mount for my camera on the bike so I could take some road shots.  I’m not getting exactly what I’d expected yet, still have some work to do.  But I have gotten a cool shot that is totally different than my expectations

Shadow on Road

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Shadow on Road

 

Video with the mount which was my primary motivation.  Even on roads that seem smooth there is LOTS of bouncing.  I’ll keep them short so you don’t get sick.  This one’s 15 seconds. Let me know if it’s worth it to keep trying.

Huge White Riverbed

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Huge White Riverbed

 

My main stop on day two was at a vast rocky riverbed.  I forgot to get the river name (one of those things I’ m relearning), but know it was on CR-334.  Anyway the riverbed was completely dry and full of bright white rocks  of all shapes and sized.  Trees and brush were growing in there as well.  I hiked around here for a while and eventually found a pond area further upstream.  There’s no telling how deep the rocks are since the water was clean and must be moving a little.

Lonely Road

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Lonely Road

 

If you hadn’t figure out my on the road posts are probably will have lots of pictures.  I love taking them and trying to find angles to make the shots more interesting.  That is one of those things I just wasn’t doing at all the last couple years.  I need to start planning better so I can get some of these shots early or late in the day.

There will always be a slideshow of the pictures at the bottom which includes other favorites that aren’t in the post.  If you click on one it will take you to my Picasa page where I have them stored.  I am geotagging the photos (by hand) and you can also see exactly where each picture was taken as well.  Pretty cool if you ask me!

I’ve also been taking some pictures with my iphone and uploading them to my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter when I can find wifi or decent cell service.  If you get curious where I’m at, pop over to one of them and there’s likely to be something more recent than on the blog.

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  1. Apr 25 2010

    I’m so excited for you. Living out your dream is such a great thing to do for yourself.

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  2. Apr 25 2010

    Looking good Brian!

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  3. Apr 29 2010

    I love all the set up you went into for this trip on your bike, the camera mount – love it. I don’t even have a regular stand for mine and you’ve managed to set one up on your bike. I might set off on my own bike road trip seeing as my plans for June have changed and that I got my bike working again. Never under-estimate a monkey with a money wrench!

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  4. Sounds like quite the journey and that you’re thouroughly enjoying it. The pictures look like they could be in a studio, good shots. Just be careful!

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