Open Thread - Friday, July 20, 2018

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I ran into the Devil, babe
He loaned me twenty bills
I spent that night in Utah
In a cave up in the hills

I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep tonight

- Jerome J. Garcia / John C. Dawson / Robert C. Hunter -

Day 14 away from the Orwellian cacophony. Natural vistas, music, the sun and the wind stimulate me.

In true cowboy fashion, I planned my layovers around watering holes, the cross roads of life.

I plan to be at a Moab watering hole this weekend. Then meander eastward, back into Colorado. There are a few mountain passes that I want to cross and spend a few nights in the cool high altitude air.

Another night another town.

Rolling along.

Have a great weekend! The thread is OPEN.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

Studio:

Live: (with more actual video, too!)

The two versions are almost completely different tunes, with the timing change etc. I have yet to encounter the studio timing (faster) in live performance.

I say "you missed a Music" because you quoted the lyrics, but didn't post the tune itself! So I did so. I hope you don't mind!

Wink

Edit: Bookmarked that second video!

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides I rode through Bryce Canyon, Escalante Staircase and Capitol Reef today. All I can say is holy cow! Utah 12 from Bryce up to Capitol Reef is fabulous.

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"The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment—the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world."- Sebastian Marincolo

divineorder's picture

Valley of The Gods BLM between Bluff and Mexican Hat, Utah? Free primitive camping, heavenly scenery.

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

lotlizard's picture

@divineorder  
on this non-government website regarding Bears Ears National Monument, where Valley of the Gods is located:
https://bearsearsmonument.org/

The 1.35-million acre Bears Ears National Monument protects a beautiful and rugged desert landscape. Here, canyons, mesas and rock formations that took thousands of years for the wind and elements to shape give way to open horizon in one of the most culturally significant landscapes in the nation.

“Thousands” of years rather than “millions” — that’s just being diplomatic; why stir religious controversy and upset people unnecessarily, right?

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NCTim's picture

@lotlizard Unfunking believable! I was giddy all day. Things like Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands are not isolated instances. They are surrounded by incredible geological formations. The drive from Bryce through Escalante to Capitol Reef was absolutely amazing. Capitol Reef is holy funk. Bryce Canyon too.

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"The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment—the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world."- Sebastian Marincolo

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@NCTim

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@divineorder ... going from Cortez, CO to The Grand Canyon. I went up 41, from 160, and came to a T junction with no map or gps out, so I turned left and ended up coming back to 160 through Red Mesa, and decided to keep going to GCNP.

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smiley7's picture

and your nose in the wind."

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@smiley7 I got hailed on, going through Mesa Verde.

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"The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment—the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world."- Sebastian Marincolo

Meanwhile the El Portal area just outside Yosemite is burning...
Link to Cal Fire web site
I've been getting a lot of emails from the emergency alert system there.

Due to the backfiring operations and poor air quality all employees working in El Portal office are permitted to take administrative leave for the remainder of the day, per supervisory approval. Please code it (061) in Quicktime. We will provide more updates soon.

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@jbob I pulled out of Oakhurst and was in Mariposa Grove around 7:30 AM. It was clear there. I rode up to Glacier Point and the valley was so smokey, you could not see across. I spent most of my time poking around on Tioga Road.

The road back to Cedar Grove was cool, too.

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Raggedy Ann's picture

Sounds like a beautiful trip for the senses - great sights, sounds, smells. Take it all in.

Hope your trails have been happy.

Have a beautiful day and weekend, everyone! Pleasantry

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"They'll say we're disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we are disturbing the war." Howard Zinn

Lookout's picture

Canyonland and Arches NPs are outside of Moab and as DO suggests south of there is the valley of the gods...all killer scenery. Good travels to you!

Night Riders Lament

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout Riding from Capitol Reef area looping south of Canyonlands via Fry Canyon, then up to Needles area, of Canyonlands before landing in Moab. If the timing works, I will dine and then take an evening ride through Arches. Then probably spend Saturday night hanging around the watering hole.

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detroitmechworks's picture

My ride bailed on me last night so no Judo... Sad And coincidentally I just happened to have a HORRIBLE gout flare up last night to the point I was shaking and had the chills. Never fun. Glad it's over now, And getting better, but I'm propping my foot up again today and trying to stay sane, so forgive me if my responses are a little slow today.

New Logos Is up, and if you've seen my tattoo, you know why I was saving this one for when I REALLY was feeling it. Smile

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris I can feel the stamina, and budget, waning.

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earthling1's picture

If you wanna get high, go up Bryce Canyon N P. 10,000 ft at the top and the canyon is something you've never seen before. Just amazing eyecandy.
Campground at entrance is affordable and at 7,000 ft.
Take care.
Rubber side down.

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NCTim's picture

@earthling1 The rodeo is this weekend! A short ride to Bryce. I rode and walked around Bryce, this morning. It is exquisite. The entire day was awe inspiring. Escalante Staircase is incredible, as is Capitol Reef.

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Ironic, isn’t it?

Little did Gaddafi know that Obama and Hillary had him in the crosshairs . . .

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-obama-libya/libyas-gaddafi-says-fears...

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Tuesday called Barack Obama a “flicker of hope in the middle of the imperialist darkness,” but said he feared the president could be assassinated.

Gaddafi, known for his controversial statements, did not say who might want to kill Obama but gave the examples of the assassinations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, as well as black rights leader Martin Luther King.

“I fear that they could liquidate this young man or force him to submit to their imperialist policies,” Gaddafi told a university gathering of his supporters in Sirte, without specifying who might put Obama under pressure.

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