Tour of Utah 2016

Hot as Hell here. Was 102 in SLC driving down from Bozeman.

STEED

My steed for the week

 

License Plate

Interesting License Plate on my race vehicle

STAGE 1 EARLY

Stage 1 starts inside Zion National Park. An unprecedented accommodation, prompted by 2016 being the 100th anniversary of the National Park system. However, in order to avoid inconveniencing too many National Park patrons using the roads, the stage is starting at 7:55 AM. Thus, I’m at work in the truck before 6AM.

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Tower Of Power in Maui

Wow. These guys (the ones who are still alive and ambulatory) have been playing together for 50 years, and they can still bring the heat.

Live at the Maui Arts & Cultural center.

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Tower Of Power

 

 

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Hiking and Camping in the Haleakala Crater

My idea of “camping” is to stay at a Ritz-Carlton with no room service. Nevertheless, I reluctantly agreed to go hiking and camping in the Haleakala Crater for three days. We stayed in the National Forest Service cabin at Paliku for two nights, then at another cabin called Holua for a third night. No electricity, non-potable water from a catchment system, ¬†outhouses. No cell service.

Much to my surprise, I enjoyed myself.

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Theory Of A Deadman

Flew over to O’ahu for two days so The Cheetah could see her favorite band “Theory Of A Deadman”.

I don’t know what such a great worldwide-level band is doing playing at the tiny Republik in Honolulu, but OMG what a great concert. There were maybe 120 people there, and we stood right up at the front of the stage.

Theory Of A Deadman Oahu Republik

Tyler had about $100,000 worth of classic Les Pauls on stage, and the band was soooooo tight. These guys can REALLY play.

Wound up with two guitar picks, one from Dave and the other from Tyler:

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Next day, some Xmas shopping at Ala Moana Center, complete with hula dancers:

Hula

Theory of a Deadman is from Vancouver, so playing one gig in Honolulu was probably their desperate bid to get a few days of some good weather. Unfortunately, it pissed down rain the whole time.

 

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Christo Lets It Rip……on Uber

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/10/29/452585089/uber-surge-price-research-says-walk-a-few-blocks-wait-a-few-minutes

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3052703/the-secrets-of-ubers-mysterious-surge-pricing-algorithm-revealed

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Pretty Nice Working Conditions Here at Marmot Basin

Wow. My first visit to Jasper.

Stage 4, 2015 Tour of Alberta. Mountaintop finish at Marmot Basin.

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Omen of an Impending Goatfuck

This critter and a thin layer of snow greeted me when I showed up at Miette Hot Springs for today’s stage. At first I panicked, thinking The Timing Gods were sending me a message about an impending goatfuck. But it turns out this is a big horn sheep, not a goat.

GOAT TV COMPOUND IMG_3651 Terrific weather for an epic stage. Note the ski jackets and the snow on the trees.FISNISH GANTRY WITH SNOW_3648

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