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Old 10-17-2007, 01:40 PM   #1
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Cannonball run

There's something about life risking pointless actions pursued with zeal that is just attractive to me. Shouting into the teeth of a storm - "Is that all you've got?!". Life affirming. Yeah, yeah - this guy's stupid and risks the lives of others as well as his own, but i dig it. He's not Kowalski, not the last American Hero, and i don't think he has a killer sound track for his run, but it's not far off of Vanishing Point. And he has the good taste to run a Valentine One.

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What a story! I would love to do this, just because.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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In another time I was riding my BMW K1200LT motorcyle near Torry, Utah in some of the most gorgeous scenery you can imagine. I turned a curve and out below me lay empty two-lane state road as far as the eye can see. Not another car, truck, or person. 60 degrees, no clouds.

I became possessed and got the thing well into triple digits almost in a trance. It finally got to where my senses could not keep up with the input and I slowed down before having to pull over, catch my breath and, for some odd reason, laugh (fear? exhilaration? testosterone poisoning?).

Back on the bike again. In the middle of the road was a bald eagle working on some road kill. It played chicken with me until I got within about 10 yards when it took off with a chunk of meat, dripping blood on the front fender of my bike.

Sorry for this existential digression but I get goose bumps just thinking about it again.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
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In another time I was riding my BMW K1200LT motorcyle near Torry, Utah in some of the most gorgeous scenery you can imagine. I turned a curve and out below me lay empty two-lane state road as far as the eye can see. Not another car, truck, or person. 60 degrees, no clouds.

I became possessed and got the thing well into triple digits almost in a trance. It finally got to where my senses could not keep up with the input and I slowed down before having to pull over, catch my breath and, for some odd reason, laugh (fear? exhilaration? testosterone poisoning?).

Back on the bike again. In the middle of the road was a bald eagle working on some road kill. It played chicken with me until I got within about 10 yards when it took off with a chunk of meat, dripping blood on the front fender of my bike.

Sorry for this existential digression but I get goose bumps just thinking about it again.
Many years ago about 2AM after an fine evening with a fine woman in Los Alamos i was going back to Santa Fe. Wound my way down the mountain in my Datsun SPL1600. Clear night, stars everywhere, almost no lights anywhere to be seen, not a car except for mine.
Little convertible was doing real well going downhill so i kept pushing the corners until i finally drifted a bit much - corner was about 270 degrees and the drift used up all the lanes there were - car snapped around and i was going backwards looking at two smoking tracks unwinding from beneath the car and going up the hill. Not a thing i could do... heard the rear tire hit gravel, then the back right corner hit the last 3 feet of a guardrail and swung the car in to a parallel park next to the rail. Got out, looked at the palm sized dent, looked down into the gorge and whooped and hollered!
The thrill of those moments, the beauty of the tire smoke slowly rising from the twin tracks , the crisp clarity of the night - just amazing. Not dying was good too, but i don't think that was the primary part of the moment. It was the aliveness! Probably like the person who said something like " nothing matches the feeling of having been shot at and missed".
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