Tuesday, July 22, 2008

On the road to nowhere

We're on a road to nowhere
Come on inside

Takin' that ride to nowhere

We'll take that ride

I'm feelin' okay this mornin' And you know,
We're on the road to paradise

Here we go, here we go


Maybe you wonder where you are

I don't care

Here is where time is on our side

Take you there...
take you there

We're on a road to nowhere

We're on a road to nowhere

We're on a road to nowhere

There's a city in my mind

Come along and take that ride

and it's all right, baby, it's all right

And it's very far away
But it's growing day by day
And it's all right, baby, it's all right
They can tell you what to do
But they'll make a fool of you

And it's all right,
baby, it's all right
We're on a road to nowhere
.....(Talkin Heads On the road to nowhere)

This summer Gail and I have been taking 1 tank rides more. Not so much about the cost of gas these days, although it is relevant. It is more about going places, stopping often to take pictures or just "smell the roses" a bit.

This weekend we were going to ride the raods around Heath Mass. Our intention was to head in the general area and get a room when we saw a place we'd like to stay at. One little problem. You guessed it. No rooms! Apparantly the North Adams/Williamstown area is booked solid when Tanglewood is performing. Oops. We decided to head up the road a bit to Bennington to see if anything was avaialable. We found a tolerable room for ok money right downtown. The roads were terrific, especially Rt 116. We stopped often took pictures and literally "smelled the roses" It was a real nice time.

Shelburne Falls: Is this the last phone booth anywhere? Maybe!

Gail has been a bad, bad girl! I think she likes it. Sculpture of a policeman -
Bennington VT
The literal roses we smelled
Shelburne Falls Bridge of flowers in all it's glory. Absolutely beautifulBig Mohawk indian on Rt 2

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Morbid Fascination

What is this morbid fascination with motorcycle fatalities? On the forums I frequent there are often reports of MC fatalities. Members line up and express their sympathies. Then some asshole jumps in and breaks down the accident and expresses his opinion on what he/she could have done different and how that could never happen to them because they are just so awesome on their bike. I have a news flash. Accidents happen whether your riding your MC, commuting in your cage or eating at McDonalds. Sometimes bad things happen no matter how awesome you are. I just happen to be thinking of this because I read a post about an accident in Maine where a cage was stopped taking a legal left and some riders went down when they came up on it. In my minds eye I see a bunch of bikes going this way and that trying to avoid the car stopped after a sharp turn and down they go trying to avoid the cage, other hazards and each other as all hell breaks loose. Many things could have gone different but you know what, they didn't. Bad things happen sometimes and someone got hurt and someone died. Life sucks that way. It's sad, it's a tragedy for the families, the riders and the cage driver in the wrong place at the wrong time. There isn't anything good about it and there isn't any words of wisdom that I could impart that will make it different.

I had a fairly bad high-side about two years ago. It sucked and it hurt. I made some mistakes and I did some things right. I had about 2 seconds to make my decisions and my move. Sure, if I did this or I did that maybe things would have gone different, maybe better, maybe worse...who knows. I don't and I was there. What I do know is you won't see me second guessing someone else's accident and commenting on how that could never happen to me because I'm so awesome.