You'd never know it from this pic, but there's a suburban neighborhood just a few feet to the left of that tree.

You’d never know it from this pic, but there’s a suburban neighborhood just a few feet to the left of that tree.

I should’ve ridden the bike today, but for some reason I felt like hoofing it, so I did.

Not running — I took a break from that nonsense back in mid-May — just walking. Walking is a nice change from cycling, the same way that cycling is a nice change from driving.

Lots of color out there. None of it neon.

Lots of color out there. None of it neon.

You … just … plain … slow … down.

With trails just two blocks in either direction, I can enjoy what feels like country life in fairly short order. The rains have sprinkled flowers all over the place, and it’s relaxing to spend a little time wandering around among them after a few days of watching the Hilldebeast try to lose this campaign while assembling journalism kit for medium-heavy duty at Interbike.

The idea (as usual) is to strive for some sort of multimedia extravaganza, an electronic bouillabaisse of words, pix, audio and video documenting The Experience. As long-suffering readers are all too aware, the reality, once I hit Sin City, is likely to be entirely different.

So, too, with the walking. Instead of sand, sun and flowers I will be navigating concrete, smoke and bad noise.

Thus I’m gathering my rosebuds while I may.

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22 Responses to “Footloose”

  1. Libby Says:

    Beautiful countryside!
    Speaking of walking, wasn’t it last year that you videoed all the people walking by you in the endless corridors of Las Vegas. Picking up little vignettes along the way.
    Hillary’s illness managed so poorly. Bad call, dropping the ball and now multiple fumbles. Ughhh. The candidate is sick and her team keeps turning the ball over to the Cheeto and his supporters.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yes’m, it was. My dogs was barkin’ and so I sat down for a little cinematography.

      Meanwhile, Hillary. Jesus H., etc. I appreciate the Clinton family’s distaste for the press, but you don’t get a hiding closet when you run for The Big Gig.

      She and her people spent August raising money instead of kicking ass, then they intercoursed the penguin on the pneumonia thing, and the whole deal smells of overconfidence and entitlement to me.

      What, nobody remembers Gore v. Bush? Does anybody know how to play this game?

      • Libby Says:

        There was what, a brief blurry video of George H. W. Bush vomiting at a State Dinner in Japan(?) and NO video of Dubya choking on a pretzel. He caught a break. Different times. Monty Python plus what Larry’s wife always says.

  2. Sharon Says:

    Hate Vegas and the whole gambling thing. But a good friend of mine just got a promotion and had to move there. Going to visit her at the end of the month…AND see John Fogerty in concert. Seems weird to be going to see him at one of the big casino theatres, but a guy’s got to make a living I guess. Especially since he spent so many years in legal limbo. Also, want to check out if there are any good hike and/or bike options there.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Sharon, see Charley’s reply below. Blue Diamond’s not that far out of Vegas proper.

      And Fogarty? Cool. “Down on the corner, out in the street. …”

      • Dale Says:

        Fogerty – wasn’t he the guy who made Credence Clearwater Revival relevant? Then he got lawyerf***ed in so many ways. I am surprised he’s still allowed to call himself John Fogerty.

  3. Charley Auer Says:

    Smart move, since Vegas is a work agenda. Take a bike and ride the backside of Blue Diamond or Cottonwood valley.

    • Larry Theobald Says:

      How would one get outta Las Vegas on a bike alive? Driving there is one step removed from a place like Palermo, Sicily (the wildest place I’ve ever driven with Athens, Greece and Napoli, Italy just behind) so I cringe when I see the Interbike folks riding bicycles to/from the show. Seems like hell-on-earth when you add in the gawdawful heat!

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Aaaah….the wildland/urban/suburban interface! You’re a lucky man, PO’G. Cycling, MTB’ing, hiking, walking, etc. opportunities just outside your Rancho Pendejo…..but you’re committed to sojourning to Sin City for some brilliant, enlightened, pragmatic (I hope), journalistic potpourri (a Roget’s Thesaurus sub for bouillabaisse) that will share with us The Experience of Interbike.

    Safe travels, retain your transcendental PO’G values and morals, and looking forward to your “enlightened pragmatism” (cynical/curmudgeonlike) reviews of “what’s happening’ in cycling”!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ll do my best, JD. Interbike has its own Reality Distortion Field and occasionally I get swept up in it. It’s gotten easier since I no longer have to work the Show Daily with the Bicycle Retailer mob. That’s some heavy lifting.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I hear ya, PO’G! We’re supposed to be in for some nice weather tomorrow so I will try to get back on the bike after a weekend that vanished in some family obligations. I REALLY need to be outside on the bike a few times before driving to Omaha, NE to catch a flight to SIn City. I’m two nights there now instead of one…how the hell did that happen? Hope to meet up and say CIAO Thursday or Friday.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, you gotta bank them endorphins, is what. Build up a solid immunity against the nose boogers infesting that place, maybe take a good long soak in a tub full of Purell before getting on the plane.

      Thursday or Friday will work for me. I’ve got your digits squirreled away in the old smartphone.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, guys, make a million. If you can’t do that, make a living. Me? I rode, and walked, up a climb today, that made me realize I ain’t ready for prime time, or even amateur hour. 2.2 miles, 611 vertical feet, and some short ramps of 8% and 9%. Head was willing, legs said ” I don’t think so Scooter!”

  7. DownhillBill Says:

    The advantage of walking is that you have an infinite number of low gears. The bike is always at least one gear over what I need….

    Heading to the hospital now to meet my new granddaughter, which, come to think of it, is infinitely better than heading to Vegas. 8)

  8. Dale Says:

    Jeez PO’G, your skies are sinfully blue. Tell me you used a filter on the lens.
    Our skies are white in the summer when it is humid, powder blue when it is bearably not-so-humid, and deep blue in the winter when an Alberta clipper blows in – but then your pipes are frozen, your power is probably out, and you are busy sawing the limbs that dropped in the ice storm. Not to mention digging out our 85 year old neighbor.
    I’ll take some medication now. It will be alright.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ll shoot in Super Vivid mode now and then because I think these pocket Canons tend to wash out the colors a tad. I usually back off the saturation a bit in editing, though (I don’t believe I did that with the vertical; the horizontal is an iPhone shot).

      That said, the skies here are truly unreal. I had forgotten just how much so. The basic blue is killer, the clouds likewise, and the sunsets … ay, Chihuahua.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Here are a couple examples from early this morning, Dale. The first shot is the Canon 300 HS on “Auto” mode. The one below was shot in “Super Vivid” mode. The Super Vivid shot is a little closer to reality, but needs to be desaturated just a bit.

  9. Carl Duellman Says:

    i love walking. the things you find. we found a folding measuring stick this morning.

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