Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Baja Video Blog - Episode 5

Last one, I promise. At least for the two weeks that Brad and I did. Last week I returned to Baja for six more days of riding from Loreto to Cabo San Lucas, this time alone. I got some pretty great footage, especially from my nearly 100 sometimes-treacherous miles of dirt riding to the tiny isolated fishing village of San Evaristo. I'll put that together for one last video blog, eventually. In the meantime there's (gasp!) aviation activity to write about, I'll get that up soon.

Episode 5, wherein the Big Red Pig gets fixed, Sam and Brad make the best of a long stretch of pavement on Highway 1, and we explore a bit in the mountains above Loreto before stashing the bikes and flying up to LAX on Horizon Air.


Anonymous said...

I am curious if you have read any books on long motorcycle journeys? I know of two:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Neal Peart from Rush

When I started reading your blog last week, I kept thinking of Zen, and how and and why I came to start reading it. Two years ago, I went to OSH with the intention of getting a flight in an Van's RV. I have thought of building and RV8 for a long time, but was haunted by the fact that I had never flown in one, nor at that time did I have any tailwheel experience. I went to a presentation from two guys from Vans, and came away with a short list of things to consider when thinking of building a plane. One of the recommendations was to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Early in the book the author draws a distinction among people and technology: ones who just want the technology to work when you turn it on and ones who want to know everything about technology and how to build it themselves. I did some self examination and decided that for now anyway, I just want to fly planes! About a year ago I started flying a Citabria GCBC and to be honest, fell in love with flying again.

I have to say that reading your blog over the last week has ignited a lot of internal discussion about the value of experience. In a day and age where I can watch a youtube video about nearly anything, there is still that value of actually having done it. You have cycled around the country, down the Baja and up to Alaska. I doubt you would say any of that experience is a waste of either time or resources, nor would I. It may be a difficult question to answer, but how do you internalize the "value" of those experiences? You wrote once about cockpit discussions. I can only imagine that DEPTH of experience you now have to draw from!

Very good blog. I really enjoy reading it.

Terry btw