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Riding my Brains out

August 26, 2011

We’re on Day 6 of steel gray skies, an anomaly on Guam.  Turns out we’ve been the origin point for the development of a typhoon – one that’s moving (hopefully) off to the northwest, taking icky gray wetness with it.  It was cool, however, to stand outside a few days back and watch the clouds rotate overhead while sea and atmosphere conspired to create the largest concentration of destructive energy on the planet, exceeding man’s constructs by an order of magnitude.

For those of you on the eastern seaboard of the United States, you’re about to witness the beauty and terror firsthand.  Personally, I’m grateful to be sending this storm off, as opposed to receiving it.

Enough of that.

It’s bad enough I’m reduced to riding a shot-glass displacement, automatic transmission appliance, now I’m stuck inside waiting out the weather as there’s NO WAY I want to do the slip and slide again any time soon.  So – one digs through the archives for a few gems.
Fortunately, that’s not hard to do.  A pair of carabao riding dogs?  Sure! no problem!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times.  No need to exaggerate.  If I’d told you we’d spied a pair of dogs riding an aboriginal steer, you’d have called us crazy – but yet here it is.

I’ve traveled quite a bit in my lifetime – from my first cross-country trip at age 2, to a stint in Mexico at age 4, Europe, Asia and all the states save Alaska.  In all those trips, I’ve not spent much time documenting the experience.

It was only upon returning to the familiarity and comfort of home that I’d reflect on the experience, and wish I’d captured the feeling of the moment.

Interestingly, it’s the little things, like the latte theme reflected in this cement wall, or

homes and business crowded to road’s edge in Guam’s southside villages which stick with one long after the memory of landmarks fade.

That’s not to say vistas aren’t memorable.

Quite the opposite.  The grandeur of a vista is often lost over time, and

This blog provides a good place to capture and share some of the more sublime views experienced in recent memory.

Cetti Bay, for those interested in the place name.  Reachable only by boat or foot – 1000′ of elevation change.  A worthy hike for a drier day.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2011 2:44 am

    winding roads and hills a constant theme in Guam I’d not thought to see.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      August 27, 2011 5:00 am

      I have the scooter operating at 90% now; hope to do Cross island Road for you tomorrow assuming the weather holds.

      There are no straight nor level roads here. Varying grades; curves – yes. Superslab (AKA Riepe friendly) – no.

      This is not a place where one winds out an appliance of a motorcycle; perhaps this is why I’ve not seen one in nearly three year of coming here.

      There are places on this planet where BMW’s do not reign supreme – and this is one of them.

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