I can see it now…
A big room in the basement of a church. Lots and lots of folding chairs. Even more Styrofoam cups, the smell of badly burnt coffee in the air. A platter of cookies that are hard as a bricks. No one is making eye contact. A lot of shifting feet and uncomfortable twitching of fingers that have nothing to do with themselves. A big sign at the front of the room announcing to silence all mobile phones.
Then a person stands up: “Hi. My name is [fill in the blank], and I’m addicted to Facebook.”
Yeah, until last Saturday it’s been 187 days since the temperature hit 70 degrees with sunshine in Oregon! As a result there’s been a lot of folks tethered to the “book” indoors and it’s time to ride.
This week is the Laughlin River Run (30th Anniversary) and nothing’s cooler than riding in some warm fresh desert air.
Clearly I’m due for some good weather riding and luckily I’ll get a chance to take advantage of nature’s air conditioning in Laughlin Nevada later in the week. Due to work constraints I won’t be riding down and reporting on the trip like last year, instead I’ve had the bike shipped on a transport truck to Las Vegas and will be riding in and around the local area. We’ve got some L.A. buddies who have a place on the Colorado River outside Needles and can throw a sleeping bag unless we opt for plusher arrangements.
Every year it seems like the River Run attendance is getting smaller, but we’ll see if the 30th Anniversary brings an up-tick in people or if gas prices have riders staying closer to home. They have Ted Nugent as a headliner which is a darn good start to any motorcycle event!
Hope to see you at the event.
Photo taken in Death Valley.