"I've Been Everywhere, Man" Living the song on two wheels.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swedstal, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    Brett! Utah is SOOO spectacular....I'm in constant awe every time I travel through!...I see you are currently near Tucson. Peggy and I will be in Palm Springs the weekend of Sept 14 and 15...Then Park city the following 3 days.

    When will you be passing through Orange County CA? We would LOVE to have you stay with us on the tail end of this adventure. Be a nice bookend to the days you spent with Doug and I in VA in the early days. I think you have my Ph number and email. Let me if you don't and I'll text you. I still have your info.

    Best, Larry!
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  2. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town...

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    The absolute minimum you give a woman like that, if all she gives you is the time of day (much less a half case of baked beans) is your phone number.

    You did check the cans for hers didn’t you?
  3. mikejana

    mikejana Been here awhile

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    Still enjoying every word and picture and grateful to you for the journey.

    I'm at 68 places. Just finished riding the Trans America Trail with my 3 sons and had planned on getting 12 more while towing the bikes home from Oregon to Florida. The Fuel injection system on my tow vehicle provided a very different experience.

    Most of my places are the same or very similar, slight variations like Oskaloosa, Kansas and Black Rock, Oregon. I did choose El Dorado, California because my wife has family there. I've used no cheats like Little Argentina, Queens NYC.

    I started my quest about 15 years ago because I travel for a living and everyone always said "Wow, you've been everywhere, just like the song".
    My father in law, a huge Johnny Cash fan, counted where I had visited and said you should try to visit all the places you've missed. So okay, challenge accepted.

    I must say I'm enjoying your journey nearly as much as my own. You are an inspiration.
  4. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer Supporter

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    Great updates! (As usual). Had me laughing out loud several times.
    I’m starting to get little anxiety episodes thinking the end of the list is coming near. You’ll have to continue on in some way. I can’t stop cold turkey.
    Also, you have already achieved “legend” status.. IMHO.

    And,, Go Chiefs! Money in the bank indeed.
  5. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    TOTALLY AGREE!! That cute little number is worth several trips to Canukastan!! Jaime was it? I sure as hell hope you noticed how cute she was and that she clearly loved to travel and adventure!!! hellllllooooooo!! Her smile is enough to find her again
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  6. IdahoGaucho

    IdahoGaucho Adventurer

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    Am I now expected to deliver a moose hide soaked in maple syrup to her father within a fortnight?

    Even though you’ve missed the fortnight deadline, she looks like she’d be worth the minor investment (her dad would probably extend the deadline for such a fine adventurer as you). She’s so generous (5 cans), not to mention cute. I’ve attached eBay photos you’ll need to get the ball rolling.

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  7. derblauereiter

    derblauereiter Mostly made of cheese Supporter

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    Those look way outta Brett’s budget, I’m thinking he’s gonna rig up a syrup distiller to Sonic and start hunting for a roadkill moose.
  8. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    I would submit that if young Jamie were amenable, that she might feature in a future adventure of Everywhere Man.
  9. KiwiPewe

    KiwiPewe Coddiwomple Supporter

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  10. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    Hes on his way to my place in SoCal......Im going to put on my Dad hat with him and have a little "talk" :rilla
  11. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer Supporter

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    Where in SoCal?
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  12. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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  13. vt700guy

    vt700guy Been here awhile

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    I just remembered that my wife reads this thread too. I should probably brush up on my tent space contacts lol.
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  14. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Man what a bummer I missed you in St George by about a month. Have to say you rocked Utah and saw some of the best places.
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  15. elemental

    elemental Tainted Adventurist

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    I have binged this journey from page 1 in about 10 days, spending most of my free time reading about your journey. I'm pleased that I can come along for the final(?) push in real time. It has been uplifting during a difficult time, even the bits that made me cry a bit.

    Respect to you for your spirit, and to the many good humans that have kept you smiling along the way.
  16. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    Spoiler....SORTA! The young man has been hanging out, recuperating and authoring at our place in Aliso Viejo. He ventured out yesterday to tag a song town. Made us Swedish pancakes.. JUST like my father used to make! Pop is Norwegian. He's headed north tomorrow. Up the coast towards Santa Monica then inland toward Sacramento. Any of you inmates in those parts with some couch space? Reach out to him and offer to host. He's a great guest. Second time around for us.
  17. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Dang.

    You post one picture of a pretty girl and the thread just goes wild.

    :raabia:raabia:icy:icy

    You guys do realize what the number one killer of RRs is, right? It's not mechanical failure, disease, Mexican bandits, running out of money or even Peruvian monkeys. It's pretty girls! I can't believe you guys would encourage me to get involved! :lol3

    Seriously though, all of the comments really made me laugh. I didn't get a number or anything. I thought it was more important to make a good joke than to make a connection. Yes, I too am astounded that I am still single. :-)

    Thanks for the beer and wifi, buddy. :thumb

    I have one left, but no, I didn't look.

    Holy Cow! You have got to be the leader in the clubhouse! That is awesome!

    I wonder how many people have had this idea and crossed some of the places off. I've never thought that the idea was particularly original. Indeed, I was flaberghasted after I had the idea that I couldn't find anyone who had completed it.

    If you're at 68, I'd guess that you probably have most of the continental US ones done. Probably lacking Latin America and the weird North American ones? (Ombabika, Schefferville, Chatanika) Let me know if you're posting pictures or documenting this anywhere. I'd love to see the places you've been.

    I might have to look into Black Rock, OR. Black Rock, CT is the only song place that has totally sucked so far...

    1-0! 19-0 should be right around the corner. I'll buy you a beer (or 10) if my bet pays out. :thumb

    Just send her over to the blog. It's a lot more docile and family friendly over there. I've only made a couple of penis jokes.

    :becca Too bad indeed! I hope our paths do meet up again. I still have your signature proudly on my fender. It's in a place very vulnerable to the weather, so I've had to re-outline it a number of times. Hopefully it still looks like your writing. :-)

    :clap:clap Congratulations on making it this far! It's quite an accomplishment to read (even skimming) that much in so short of a time. :-) It is my pleasure to share this humble story and it makes me grateful that others can connect with it. Whatever difficult thing you are going through, I hope you are able to see brightness ahead!

    Spoiler alert!

    Sorry I've stayed so long. The cat just likes me too much.
  18. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    To Be Or Not To Be: That Is Cedar City


    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

    Cedar City, Utah, USA


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    It was late afternoon when I arrived in Cedar City. By this point, I was prepared to trade my kingdom for a T5 screwdriver. Trying to repair a shorted-out charging board on a phone while traveling can prove to be quite the task. My first impressions of the town were quite rosy, as the hardware store had the requisite tool and the beautiful library was a clean, quiet laboratory for my repairs.

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    With just a little daylight remaining, I thought I would ride up the hills which rise high above the east side of town. I stopped for a deer in the road, which led me to meet my new friends Kyle and Michelle.

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    I told them that I was looking for a nice vantage point to see the whole city and they invited me to follow them to their house. The view from there did not disappoint.

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    Sunsets are pretty, of course, but they cause me some consternation when I have yet to set up my tent before they arrive. I scoured the hillsides for a spot amid the rocky, dusty ground. I dropped Annie during this process and only had time for a brief apology. Eventually we found a home and set up the maroon cocoon. (Pic from the morning)

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    Thursday, August 22nd

    Other than some passing sheep in the morning, it was an undisturbed stay in this makeshift spot. I was well-rested and eager to begin discovering what makes Cedar City unique.

    The geography alone interested me. Cedar City sits at around 5,800 ft., giving it a milder climate than some other locales in southern Utah. If one gets too hot, the mountains to the east offer activities above 10,000 ft. If one gets too cold, there are toasty deserts a short distance away. If one wants to connect with natural wonders, Bryce and Zion National Parks are in the neighborhood. If one has way too much money, it can be easily left in Las Vegas which is just a two hour drive away.

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    I rode around town just a little bit, trying to get my bearings. I was fortunate enough to be visiting during the annual Shakespeare Festival. This event was founded by Fred Adams, a theater instructor at Southern Utah University. He saw the thousands of tourists coming to Cedar City and dreamed of staging performances for them.

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    The community pulled together to make this dream a reality, staging the initial event in 1962. It has grown steadily over the years, benefiting Cedar City in immeasurable ways. The festival now stretches over three months, plays in three unique theatres, presents eight different plays and has 120,000 annual audience members. It’s safe to say that Mr. Adams’ dreams have been fully realized.

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    There are lots of statues around the grounds of different characters from Shakespeare’s plays. Upon seeing one of Hamlet gazing at the skull of “poor Yorick,” I knew what I wanted for my official picture of Cedar City: On stage, with Annie, holding my helmet in a similar pose.

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    There was only one question: Was this picture to be, or not to be?

    On one of the street corners of the university, a group of students was causing a ruckus. They were waving signs, imploring drivers to honk, as they welcomed new students to campus. They seemed like the kind of people who would be my friends.

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    Their enthusiasm was so genuine and intense that I almost felt ready to go back to college. Somebody get me a syllabus! Additionally, “Thor the Thunderbird” has to be one of the best mascots I’ve ever heard of.

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    One of the gals there helped with the Shakespeare Festival and she said she would do what she could to help make my photo idea a reality.
  19. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    I spent the morning back at the library, getting a post published. While here I noticed a message from my cousin, Lucas, in Wisconsin. He and his family have been wonderful supporters to my quest. I stayed with them over two years ago between song places Baraboo, WI and Chaska, MN (Page 7)

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    Lucas told me that his boss’ son lived in Cedar City and he could connect us. This connection happened much faster than I expected. As I sat at a bus stop eating a can of Canadian beans (no phone number…sorry to burst your guys’ bubble), a random stranger approached me, telling me I look like my cousin. This was how I met my new friend Seth (pictured below with his wife, Kristina)

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    I only had a brief time to chat with him right away, as I actually had an appointment. Many times I will email a visitor’s center or chamber of commerce before I arrive in a song place. Many of these emails go unreturned, but the representatives from Cedar City seemed enthused at my arrival.

    I met Kaylee outside of the art museum. She was equipped with an armful of pamphlets, a head full of information and heart full of love for her home town of Cedar City. She was the perfect person to ask about the history and future of this place. Lots of the information in this post came from her. She was also enthused about my photo idea and provided me with some contact information to help make it a reality.

    To be or not to be? It seemed like it was going to happen.

    Throughout my various conversations, I had learned that there were actually two theatres which were approximate recreations of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The old one, the Adams Memorial Theatre, is in the middle of SUU’s campus and is no longer part of the festival.

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    This building was lovingly constructed between 1971 and 1977. As each season of the festival would bring in more money, more seating and fixtures would be added. It is not visible from the road so I hadn’t seen it on my preliminary scan of the area. When I approached it on foot, I was immediately awestruck.

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    I’m not sure how this lifeless structure of wood and stone struck such a deep chord within my soul. I loved it immediately. There were no gates on the stairway, so I walked in and admired the interior as well. This would be the perfect place for my Cedar City photo. Only a locked gate stood in Annie’s way.

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    I checked out a few more things before riding over to Seth’s house. He and I really hit it off right away. We had conversed for hours about deep philosophical topics before ever getting around to asking each other about what we did for work. Seth’s wife Kristina works for the University and she also sent some emails trying to help me get Annie into the theatre.

    I returned to the festival grounds to take in the nightly “Greenshow.” It is a free outdoor performance of song, dance and shenanigans which is wonderfully entertaining. In the photo below, plush sheep are being sling-shotted into the crowd. I think Shakespeare would approve.

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    Seth took me to one of his favorite retsaurants, The Pizza Cart. The owner began with a unique oven built on a literal cart. This has now transformed into a nice establishment with great food (and gelato).

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    This was an absolutely wonderful day. Between waking up in the midst of sheep, to falling asleep in a comfy bed; I had learned so much, made many new friends and had so many people willing to help me.
  20. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Friday, August 23rd

    I took a work day, availing myself of host’s wifi and getting to know their dogs.

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    I didn’t receive any positive news about getting Annie into the theatre, which was slightly disappointing.

    To be or not to be?….remained the question.



    Saturday, August 24th

    I began my day with a visit to the Frontier Homestead Museum. This place was wonderfully done and presented a tangible account of Cedar City’s history.

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    Iron ore was the first thing that attracted settlers to the area. The Utah Mormon’s placed a high value of being self-sufficient with their community. Brigham Young sent teams to the area in the 1850s to investigate the feasibility of iron production and Cedar City was officially incorporated in 1868.

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    Iron production remained an important part of their economy until the 1980s. Nowadays, education and tourism seem to be the way forward for Cedar City.

    The museum is a great mixture of indoor and outdoor, as well as information and interaction.

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    On the chalkboard behind me in the picture above are examples of the Deseret Alphabet. This was a movement by the LDS church in the mid-1800s to make the English language more phonetic. It was a nice idea, especially given how randomly words are pronounced in English, but it never caught on.

    The guy behind the desk at the museum was very helpful. Even he made a call to a friend who worked at SUU to see if he could help me get my picture.