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

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

  1. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    I made a brief stop in the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The main exhibit was from a guy who sculpted religious buildings out of guns and ammunition. I don’t agree with his philosophy which motivates his art, but the art itself was well-conceived and well executed.

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    Here as well, I had a very pleasant conversation with the two students who were working the desk. I think the phrase “coolest thing I’ve ever heard” may have been uttered.

    I had decided that I was going to attend a play this evening. Though the ticket was about $50, a hard hit to my flimsy budget, it would have felt wrong to leave Cedar City without this experience. Other than the expenses to go to Machu Picchu in Peru, I think this is the largest leisure expenditure of the journey.

    However, the festival has made sure that the full experiences reaches beyond just attending a play. About 90 minutes prior, there is a play orientation which takes place on the grounds. This provides some background into the performance and aids in one’s ability to both understand and appreciate what is happening on stage.

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    In terms of Shakespeare acumen, I am somewhere between a novice and an intermediate. I’m definitely not a connoisseur, but I have a passing understanding of many of his more popular works. A number of Shakespearian references have appeared in this quality publication. (“All's Well That Welds Well“….”My kingdom for a ‘X'”) For someone like me, this orientation was extremely beneficial.

    After another entertaining Greenshow, I entered the Englestad Theatre. It is state of the art in terms of facilities and accessibility. Though it lacks the character of the retired Adams Theatre, it is an impressive place.

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    I decided to attend a production of Twelfth Night. It is one of Shakespeare’s comedies that is actually funny, rather than dark and disturbing. Unlike some of Shakespeare’s stories, this one is really easy to follow:

    It is a simple story about a girl who is shipwrecked, who decides to dress up like a boy to stay safe, who serves a duke with whom she falls in love. The duke is infatuated with a countess and sends the girl (disguised like a boy) to woo her for him, but the countess falls in love with the girl whom she thinks is a boy. The countess has two uncles, one who is a drunkard and one who is puritanical. The puritanical uncle is fooled into wearing cross-gartered yellow stockings and is pronounced insane. Things get a bit murky when the twin brother of the girl disguised as a boy shows up and everyone mistakes him for the girl….. and so on.

    Like I said, very simple.

    It was an incredible performance in so many ways. The actors and musicians were able to fill the theatre with sound using no amplification. I was spellbound for the entire three hours, hanging on every word. I loved hearing all the different varieties of laughs echoing around. It was a night that I will never forget. (No pictures during the performance, of course.)

    It was late when the show was over, but I walked across the street back onto the SUU campus. It seemed like I was not going to get Annie inside the Adams Theatre, so I was planning to at least roll her up to the exterior at sunrise. I wanted to make sure the entrance was still unlocked.

    I sat there in the pitch dark for some minutes. With sight removed, I could better feel the history of this place. I was half expectant that the ghost of Hamlet’s father was going to come pay me a visit. These quiet moments, will also be ones that I cherish.
  2. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Sunday, August 25th

    I was up before the sun and got to campus at first light. I pushed Annie along the sidewalks to the theatre.

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    In some ways, I was almost hoping that a security guard would come by, as he might have a key to let Annie in.

    Alas, my dream picture was not meant to be.

    I did the best that I could, including Annie at the east gate. The pictures are not as good as they could have been, but I have some decent options to represent Cedar City.

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    But, soft! what light through yonder barrier breaks?
    It is the east, and Annie is the sun.
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou her maid hast traveled more than she.
    ….
    O, that I were a hand upon that throttle,
    That I might touch that frunk!

    (I know some must find this account quite verbose, but just remember: I could have written the entire thing in iambic pentameter. Next trip?)

    Even though the perfect picture was “not to be,” don’t mistake this story for a tragedy. As I’ve had time to reflect, I can actually appreciate it. Had my way into the theatre been made clear with a single email, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see how many people were willing to try and help me. Ultimately, that is what will come to my mind each time I look at my picture for Cedar City.

    There was still no one around in the early morning hours, so I got a few more pictures around the grounds.

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    “You should add an amusing alliteration there…”:

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    My final Shakespeare experience was a play seminar later that morning. This is like a “postgame” wrap-up where people who attended the play the previous night can ask questions and talk about their experiences. The environment is very open and relaxed, encouraging even stupid questions. (My specialty!)

    In these moments, it finally crystallized in my mind what made this festival so special. For any such event, whether the theme be Shakespeare or motorcycles or basket-weaving, there is a difficult line to toe. Do you cater to the hardcore enthusiasts, or do you make it an accessible atmosphere for those who would like to develop an interest in the given theme?

    The Shakespeare Festival is able to find this balance perfectly. It is definitely a place for Shakespere lovers to discuss the intricacies of their 50th viewing of Hamlet. It is simultaneously a place where someone can learn to love Shakespeare, asking questions about elements they didn’t understand. All involved, from the actors to the organizers to the people selling tarts to Fred Adams himself, should be full of pride for what this festival has become.



    I did some more work during the day, getting ready to be back on the road. Seth took me out for some hill climbing in his jeep in the hills west of town. It was a lot of fun and nice to get the full panorama of the area around Cedar City.

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    That evening it was time for some signatures and for crossing Cedar City off of my sign. When I ask a couple to do this they usually take turns, but Seth and Kristina were perfectly in sync with both their Sharpies and their smiles.

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    I can’t say enough about everything that they did for me. Taking in a complete stranger, known only by a distant connection, says a lot about who they are. They made me feel perfectly welcome in their home. Having such a comfortable home base, I definitely lingered longer than I would have otherwise. Thank you guys!

    I noticed that their crossing off of Cedar City marked an important moment in my trip: As of now, the only place remaining in Verse 4 is my home state of Nebraska. I’m not crossing that one off until the very end, but I definitely have been there. This is the first time I can say I’ve been to every place mentioned in one of the verses.

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    What else can I say about Cedar City? Shall I compare it to a summer’s day? It has been some time since one of the song places delivered so comprehensively. So many memories were forged here and there will hopefully be more made in the future. Thank you, Cedar City.

    8 to go!

    Stay poetic, everybody

    BA
  3. swedstal

    swedstal Open heart, open mind, open can of beans

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    Realtime update: Phew! That was a lot of words for one song place. I’m still quite a ways behind, but I’ll keep chipping away at it. I’m currently in Los Angeles with @hankmoody …I mean, Orange County…or Aliso Viejo. Wait…how many cities are in this city? I’m in California. Tomorrow I will head north, either along the coast or up to my next song place, Bakersfield. I’m excited to see more of this state.
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  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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    Actually, that is not a Jeep, it is a Mahindra Roxor......kind of an interesting knockoff of the Jeep CJ. You can tell by the grill, plus other features. Still a lot of fun.

    https://www.roxoroffroad.com/
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  5. rycomm

    rycomm Been here awhile

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    Hi Brett and others. I'm still enjoying the report and appreciate the effort that goes into making it the fine publication that it is.
    I know there was talk earlier of making the last section towards your hometown a group effort. If this becomes a reality, I'd love to join the convoy.
    Thanks, Ryan.
  6. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Add thespian aficionado to this guy's renaissance man credentials :D
  7. swedstal's wingmom

    swedstal's wingmom n00b

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    This is Brett's Mom. His dad and I stayed at the Blue Swallow on our Route 66 trip. We enjoyed that so much!
  8. swedstal's wingmom

    swedstal's wingmom n00b

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    I know I am biased but I think Brett's writing is awesome! And I have told him for years that he should be a schoolteacher! Thanks for affirming that! Brett's mom
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  9. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    I doubt many would disagree with your assessment, as Brett’s writing has been highly entertaining to say the least!
    It is the rare RR that attracts so many steady followers..:nod
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  10. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    Good stuff! Thanks for sharing it!
  11. vt700guy

    vt700guy Been here awhile

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    I'd put in a good word for him here in Oklahoma.
  12. sorethumb

    sorethumb Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!

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    I think in Saskatchewan y'all are now married or something. Went through something similar here with a bushel of boiled peanuts.
  13. swedstal's wingmom

    swedstal's wingmom n00b

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    Thanks for posting these pictures of Brett! Brett, you are looking around with the same sense of wonder your dad always displayed especially in the picture of you walking in the small canyon. I love it!
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