Sunday, October 23, 2005


I spent some time this morning searching my files for a photo of FLMNG1...and found this one! FLMNG1 is the silver and white Honda Shadow 1100 ACE. The other motorcycle in this picture belongs to Scott - a charter member of the Pink Flamingos Motorcycle Club. His bike is a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard. This picture was taken near the end of the paved portion of the Apache Trail, about 5 miles past Tortilla Flat a little northeast of Phoenix (North of Apache Junction if you know the area). We put about 180 miles under us on this day. Lunch at Tortilla Flat was great...the food is passable, but the experience is great.

These two motorcycles, along with their badass riders, left Phoenix, Arizona on July 10, 2004 on I-10 headed west. When we hit the Santa Monica pier (actually just before you hit the pier as they do not allow vehicles on the pier) we took a right and hugged the coast for the next 1000 miles up the Pacific Coast Highway.

I hear people babble nostalgia all the time about Route 66. You can have it. If you haven't had the opportunity to do so, I highly recommend a drive up any portion of the Pacific Coast Highway. There really isn't a bad stretch.

We had 10 days - which was great, but didn't allow us as much time to really stop and see the sites as we would have liked. Areas I would return to tomorrow if given the chance:

  • Big Sur - Awesome!
  • San Francisco - the ride across the Golden Gate Bridge was one of the highlights of the ride
  • North of San Francisco to Stinson Beach - some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
  • Northern California - the Redwood Forests - it would be worth spending a week there (I would have loved to stop at all of the Bigfoot sites!!!)
  • Bandon Oregon - one of the neatest little towns I have ever visited. Cool Bed and Breakfast spots.
If I can find some pictures of our ride, I will post them.


Anonymous hairy prison guard provided this enlightening comment...

Truman Capote on Jack Keroauc's "On The Road":

That's not writing, that's typing.

8:48 AM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger Dongley Shlongford provided this enlightening comment...

You should do well for yourself on a motorcycle with plates that say FLMNG1 in San Fransico!

Nicely Played.

9:09 AM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

Maybe Capote was right. Perhaps Kerouac's, On the Road was just Kerouac typing what was happening to him during this period of time. Whether it was "typing" or great writing, the book has historical significance as a record of the beginning and growth of the beat generation. Seeing and understanding this period and this underground movement (which gets little or no attention in a typical high school history book) provides a basis for understanding what came later in the 70s and to some extent what is happening today.

Mr. Hairy Prison Guard - were you even alive in the 70s? Even if you weren't, I'm sure you have heard of that decade previously and understand that it has social and cultural relevance.

9:29 AM, October 24, 2005  
Anonymous Unkempt Beaver provided this enlightening comment...

The 70's Ruled.

9:43 AM, October 24, 2005  
Anonymous hairy prison guard provided this enlightening comment...

history is overrated. the future is where it's at. I respect a man who can cry at the end of a good book. I think it's just fine if you're an emotional reader, especially as you get older.

10:16 AM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I didn't cry.

1:25 PM, October 24, 2005  
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