Friday, September 30, 2005
So I’m here now, safe and loud… er, sound.
We biked for a long ways, but ended up using some mass transit. The name of this blog should be Planes, Trains, and Bicycles.
So far John and I are having a great trip though. Wednesday had a bunch of problems, including bicycling all the way up to Antioch/Oakley to get to 160 and ride the bridge across the water, only to find out that 160 is a freeway until it crosses the water, so we couldn’t get our bikes across. There were no city buses or anything nearby to cart our asses, so we had to double back pretty much to Martinez to cross over. I got a flat. I expected at least one during the trip.
We rode Amtrak across the Capitol Corridor (over the Sacremento River). I love trains! I get so much done on them, and I love the big tables and nice light, and smooth ride. Especially dig the ones with the fancy dining cars. John and I went straight to the dining car on ours, which was an older style, everything was wood grain or brass, and there was this real friendly old timer workin’ the place. I saddled up to the counter and ordered a PBR.
The man started laughing and said there’s only been one other time that anyone had ever asked for a Pabst Blue Ribbon on his train.
“This one fella, about ten years ago, he asked me for Pabst Blue Ribbon. I laughed and said son I don’t think they even make those anymore. He had just gotten out of re-education, that’s what I call prison, and I asked him how long had he been locked up. He said 35 years, and I believed it, ’cause nobody orders Pabst Blue Ribbon anymore.. Hehehe, Pabst Blue Ribbon.”
So I ordered a Fat Tire and a Krispy Kreme, a well earned reward for riding my bike pointlessly for many many miles.
John refers to our non biking periods as portaging. Like we ride our bikes thes great distances, but them we have to portage them on BART to cross the bay. At times it feels like we should call ourselves Guys With Bikes, rather than Guys on Bikes.
Oh, the cd’s arrived, they look amazing. It’s a silkscreened two color cover, that sort of looks like SuperTop #1 (look for SuperTop #2 in fall of 2009!). So the cd looks and sounds great, but the one thing is.. well I wont tell you, I’ll just let people see for themselves. It is really embarrasing though to say the least.
So we are nice and relaxed now, the city is great to bike through, and Mer Mer should be here tonight with all my clothes and yo-yo t-shirts for sale.
See ya’ll when I get back.