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    loomings. . .
    Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
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    i have so been in need of water for some time


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    for quite a long time, at least ten years, ted and i have corresponded privately about many things
    we always circle back to travel and travel together and visiting each other's homes
    and boats of course
    some dreams we have shared are big
    some quite small
    each time we have gotten close to realizing our plans we have somehow failed to connect
    a year ago before the pandemic he came down to phoenix and we spent a too brief bit together
    amongst all the other folks who came to help celebrate katherine's and mines move to az
    about four weeks ago or so i called ted and told him ready or not i was driving up for a visit
    as it turns out ted was more than ready
    it was i who was unprepared for how fantastic a trip i was in for
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    i left home at three am and drove up ten to the five
    jesus christ los angeles sucks to drive even the periphery of
    the interstate was closed as i skirted san bernardino
    the interstate was closed due to someone threatening to jump off a stacked interstate overpass
    hours passed
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    Look forward to the log. Your restraint as to not calling it Paul and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is to be admired.

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    there will be a 'bill' entering the story soon
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    No pictures = it didn't happen.

    Just sayin'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    No pictures = it didn't happen.

    Just sayin'...
    I think there will be a companion picture book.

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    fleeing the city of angels and turning north on interstate five i was a bit remiss in my situational awareness
    i had expected the city to slowly fade into de urbanization and become more and more rural
    but no. . .
    i was driving just west of the san gabriel mountains
    the grade was steep
    fuel mileage plummeted
    no place to buy gas
    no place to turn around
    no cell or gps service (amazing how much we have come to rely on that bull****)
    f*** me i almost ran out of gas for the first time since i was a teenager
    after more than fifty miles with my low fuel alarm dinging like a muther****er i coasted into gorman
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    No pictures = it didn't happen.

    Just sayin'...
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    Took the gas hog, eh?

    That'll larn ya!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    Attachment 88435
    Gorman, CA

    This does not compute (or open)
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Took the gas hog, eh?

    That'll larn ya!
    i needed a vehicle i could sleep in
    but yes i did indeed learn a lot
    like for the price of gasoline in california i could've driven a smaller car and with the savings stayed in resort hotels

    you know us liberals all say (i'm talking to you lee g ) we all say gas should be priced higher to lead to sustainability
    but if you are coming from cheap gas to california gas it's a kick in the ass
    especially as you drive by so many oil wells pumping away
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    next up
    one of the most eye opening
    and most dangerous roads i have ever driven
    bakersfield to san jose
    the central valley. . .

    i come from and have lived on and in rich farm land virtually all of my life
    i have done a bit of farm work on the periphery

    i have never seen anything like the farmland i drove through

    vineyards, citrus groves, wheat, hay, corn , cotton, produce, peaches, strawberries. . . you name it it's there and profligate
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    interspersed with the richest farmland and farms i have ever seen was such

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    A couple of times in my life I've been over whelmed by the scale, desolation and harsh unblinking eye of the desert. Looking out at nothing but horizon with no other humans for miles, no chance of survival if you were to cross the open desert. I remember driving out to Four Corners in 114 F. I remember telling my buddy the only thing alive is whatever is in this air conditioned Ford Explorer. Driving out to Indio and Palm Springs there are parts that are haunting barren. I could not imagine the feeling of riding those distances with my tanks on E.
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    the radio went total latino
    nay, total mexican
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    I've heard you're driving through the nicest part of Mexico.

    Curious how ag continues, in the face of progressive desertification.
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    the road is arrow straight and dead flat for hundreds of miles
    automobile traffic is very very heavy and very very fast
    trucks are confined to the right lane at fifty five and they clog it
    it is very hot
    there is a heaviness to the air and a deep haze over the valley
    you cannot see the mountains on either side paralleling you
    very very easy to zone out
    douchebag drivers pull out of the left lane and attempt to pass dozens of cars at a time on the right
    speeds of cars in the left lane is over eighty generally
    the douches brake at the last minute from ninety and cut back into the left lane
    traffic accordions violently back towards you
    any safe braking space left between you and the driver infront is filled by recklessly driving f***wits
    chp sits in the median
    everyone slams on the brakes when they see them
    people die on this road every day
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post

    Curious how ag continues, in the face of progressive desertification.
    one can see how the ground has sunk due to the fossil water having been sucked out from beneath it
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    dropping in towards san francisco from san jose i get glimpses of water
    traffic is not bad at three in the p.m. headed into town
    suddenly i am fifteen minutes out from alameda and ted's house

    insert an aside here - one of the reason for my visit is to take part in a very long downwind sailboat race

    i turn onto ted's drive and am greeted by a view of san francisco bay
    and the wind is howling, blowing forty at least
    there is a standing four foot chop across the entire bay
    i roll the window down and it is cold and the air is heavy with wet

    jesus christ what have i gotten myself into here

    then i am at ted's getting bear hug from a man much smaller than i
    fifteen minutes later a porsche 911 drive by the uss hornet we are having beers with a view

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    more in a bit
    got a little work to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    fleeing the city of angels and turning north on interstate five i was a bit remiss in my situational awareness
    i had expected the city to slowly fade into de urbanization and become more and more rural
    but no. . .
    i was driving just west of the san gabriel mountains
    the grade was steep
    fuel mileage plummeted
    no place to buy gas
    no place to turn around
    no cell or gps service (amazing how much we have come to rely on that bull****)
    f*** me i almost ran out of gas for the first time since i was a teenager
    after more than fifty miles with my low fuel alarm dinging like a muther****er i coasted into gorman
    Ahh beautiful Gorman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i needed a vehicle i could sleep in
    but yes i did indeed learn a lot
    like for the price of gasoline in california i could've driven a smaller car and with the savings stayed in resort hotels

    you know us liberals all say (i'm talking to you lee g ) we all say gas should be priced higher to lead to sustainability
    but if you are coming from cheap gas to california gas it's a kick in the ass
    especially as you drive by so many oil wells pumping away
    oh yeah, and California consumes three times more oil than it produces. Hey, I’m driving a 24 yr old F150. Btw higher priced gas won’t lead to sustainability, it’ll just make the decline less precipitous. If gas was adjusted up starting 20 yrs ago you’d be driving a different vehicle by now.
    Ya otter get something like a Toyota Avalon hybrid for all the long distance driving you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Ya otter get something like a Toyota Avalon hybrid for all the long distance driving you do.
    i was thinking a sports car or motorbike
    and get re-acclimated to sleeping on the ground
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    nine miles to empty!

    could be a song, to the tune of a thousand miles from nowhere, with a dwight yoakam twang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    dropping in towards san francisco from san jose i get glimpses of water
    traffic is not bad at three in the p.m. headed into town
    suddenly i am fifteen minutes out from alameda and ted's house

    insert an aside here - one of the reason for my visit is to take part in a very long downwind sailboat race

    i turn onto ted's drive and am greeted by a view of san francisco bay
    and the wind is howling, blowing forty at least
    there is a standing four foot chop across the entire bay
    i roll the window down and it is cold and the air is heavy with wet

    jesus christ what have i gotten myself into here

    then i am at ted's getting bear hug from a man much smaller than i
    fifteen minutes later a porsche 911 drive by the uss hornet we are having beers with a view

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    Oh good - a sound track.

    Make sure ya get Pless' 'good side'....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    the road is arrow straight and dead flat for hundreds of miles
    automobile traffic is very very heavy and very very fast
    trucks are confined to the right lane at fifty five and they clog it
    it is very hot
    there is a heaviness to the air and a deep haze over the valley
    you cannot see the mountains on either side paralleling you
    very very easy to zone out
    douchebag drivers pull out of the left lane and attempt to pass dozens of cars at a time on the right
    speeds of cars in the left lane is over eighty generally
    the douches brake at the last minute from ninety and cut back into the left lane
    traffic accordions violently back towards you
    any safe braking space left between you and the driver infront is filled by recklessly driving f***wits
    chp sits in the median
    everyone slams on the brakes when they see them
    people die on this road every day
    dse
    Oh the glorious race to the finish. At least you aren’t in dense fog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Oh the glorious race to the finish. At least you aren’t in dense fog.

    I wonder why he didn't comment on the smell in Coalinga?

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    Nice account. Eye opening as I’ve been thinking of a trip to san fran and and up the coast to Vancouver. With a heavy trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Where’s Paul’s West(er) Coast Tour thread?

    About time. Should be good!

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    You'll regret it if you don't poke your head in at Rutherford's Boat Yard in Richmond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lesser View Post
    You'll regret it if you don't poke your head in at Rutherford's Boat Yard in Richmond.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    There was a reason we used the fast car available...
    the rest of thursday evening, at least the early evening is a bit of a haze, lol
    ted allowed me to drive the 911 into the city,
    pretty sure he thinks i don't know how to drive a stick
    in my defense, ted's car is set up like a race car with the seat bolted to the floor and my knees jammed against the dash. . .

    still it was a treat, it's been some years since i've sampled stuttgart's best

    let's see if i can recall some or any of what transpired, fisherman's wharf, an oyster house on a pier, three boat yards
    missed dinner twice
    filbert street in the 911
    earthquake tours in the 911
    then fish tacos
    then more wood boat yard visits (at porsche pace)
    then thursday evening we returned to ted's home, late
    and played chess a drank a half bottle of bourbon until 3:12 a.m.

    what a day - i had left home exactly twenty four hours and twelve minutes earlier

    ted woke me at 7 am
    to the smell of bacon and fresh baked superflakey cranberry pastries and a bit of the hair of the dog in me coffee
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