The Ural is mostly dressed for the winter. It’s donning its silver wreath on the rack and all is right in the world.
As it turns out, I had to do a little repair work on the string of wreath lights, though. Check me out being all handy and what-not!
Why are Christmas lights so crappy?
On a side note – Kenny also “fixed” the Buddha in the front yard while messing with another string of Christmas lights. Hey, you know how it is. One light goes out? They all go out. (And statuary get kicked across the yard.)
Santa Clausii Are Coming to Town
This weekend my friends and I are set to head out on our Santa ride. That happens to be my favorite-est group ride of the year. That’s the one where we all dress up as Santa or elves and spread some cheer on the roadways.
It’s always so much fun to see everyone be excited to see the Santas on wheels.
It’s been great having a few more people join in on the ride each year. The 1st year, it was just me – a lone wolf Santa. It’s nice to have friends who are willing to do silly stuff.
My travels during the Void Rally 8 brought me to Chester, Pennsylvania. The bonus location was a tribute to Bill Haley and the Comets who recorded at a local radio station. Though the building and its musical history have been torn down and lost to time, there are 2 black rubber musical notes embedded into the sidewalk.
…All that remains now are the anonymous inlays in the sidewalk on Crosby Street, cracked with age. Take a picture of a note inlayed in the sidewalk.
When I pulled up to 5th & Crosby I wasn’t sure off of the top of my head what I was looking for. I pulled into a parking lot and opened my topbox to read my rally book. As I stood looking at the pages of my book, I caught a glimpse of a grandfatherly man walking with a little girl of about 4 or 5. I could feel their gaze fixed on me from about 50 yards.
After reading the rally book entry for the bonus, I closed up my topbox and set off walking across the street looking for the music notes.
By the time I photographed the notes and walked back to my motorcycle, the man and the little girl were standing right in front of my motorcycle on the other side of the fence. I smiled and gave a nod as I walked back to my bike, getting myself ready to shove off again.
As I stood there momentarily, the man walked towards me and said something. I still had my helmet on with my earplugs in so I let him know and asked him to speak up.
“How you doin’ t’day?”
“Doing great! You?”
“My little friend over here wanted to come get a look at you. I told her that you were a girl but she wasn’t so sure.”
I looked toward the little girl who had her face cradled between the bars of the fence . She was holding on with both hands and swinging one leg. She stared at me curiously.
I waved to her and laughed. “Oh, I’m definitely a girl, alright.”
“Oh, I know. I told her. But she had to see for herself.”
And with that, he put his hand on my shoulder as if to say take care and walked back to the little girl smiling.
He once again took her hand and they walked back the way that they came. The little girl kept stealing glances at me . As I exited the lot, I honked and waved to her once more.
It has been over a week now since I saw that little girl and I haven’t forgotten about the inquisitive twinkle in her eye. I hope that she doesn’t forget the lady on the motorcycle or at least the idea that if they want to… girls can ride motorcycles, too.
The Void Rally is like a scavenger hunt done on a motorcycle within an allotted time window. The rally masters provide participants a rallybook that is filled with bonus locations and coordinates. It is your job to sift through the rallybook and plan an achievable route to pick up as many points as possible.
Bonus locations have specific requirements to satisfy the visit and earn the point value. Maybe the rally book says something like ‘visit the old bridge and take a picture of your rally towel on the sign on the right side of the bridge. What is the 3rd word on the sign?’ Your rally towel photograph and the answer provide proof that you rode to the location.
To keep things interesting each year the Void seems to have a ‘theme.’ One year it was golf, then haunted places, another year it was weather related. This year the messaging and images surrounding the rally are all peppered with musical elements.
There have been some news posts on the rally site consisting of nothing more that links to websites that appear to be unrelated to, well, anything.
There is apparently a song called Cracker Barrel by someone named Erin Hay(which makes me throw up in my mouth) and the restaurant chain apparently has some record label. Lana Del Rey has a song called Motel 6. And of course those sweet, lovable rogues the Village People sing YMCA.
So what does that all mean? Probably nothing. Or maybe something. If nothing else it gets the ole cogs turning in braintown.
Will our bonus stops be heavy on music locations? That’s where my imagination has been wandering. What’s going to be in the rallybook when it turns up? Will we see places like:
The Grand Ole Opry
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Yasgur’s Farm – Woodstock
What do you think? Will there be musical landmark visits or is it just a rouse?