Yes you FF's, I'm writing an honest-to-doG Ride Report. Imagine that - on a motorcycle forum, I'm writing about motorcycling rather than the drivel I post down in the gestalt lounge called Inmates in the basement. :eek1 Who knew? Well the title's kinda important to the story, so let's start there. Larryboy (Rob - don't ask, just watch the video he posted in his summer thread) invited me and Benjava to ride with him to WMRS at the end of July. I was signed up anyway, so this was cool - I'd get to go with a seasoned DS rider - and some guy that's a total coffee fanatic that deep fries his own beans. oser And so it came to pass that I was going to tag along with these two and learn a few things from a master at a couple of things I'm interested in: Riding on dirt - and learning how to take a vacation. I can't boil down all the stuff I learned about off-road riding in a few short sentences, but I can tell you about Larryboy's vacation rules. This is a guy who claims to have grown up retired - having lived much of his early childhood with his retired grandparents he learned the fine art of fishing, sitting around bullshitting, taking it easy and not getting worked up about things. Here's a few of the rules: 1) Once on vacation - no schedule or plan is sacrosanct. You want to change your mind - don't want to do something you said you did 15 minutes ago - fine, don't do it. 2) Anything that happens is ok, it's a vacation. Keep your expectations low, you won't trip over them. 3) No bullshit. Makes relaxation easier. If you encounter bullshit, remove yourself from the situation - but don't rush, you're on vacation. 4) Eat well. This doesn't mean going to expensive restaurants, just eat what you want and don't cheat yourself. We had rib-eye steak, deep-fried cornish game hens, bacon and eggs, and other goodies that Mrs. Larryboy packed. 5) Never hurry - it harsh's the vacation vibe. You can't be late for anything - you're on vacation! 6) Ride your own ride - and never get into a situation that makes you uncomfortable. If you have to stop fifteen minutes after you started - do. Take a nap, buy a hat, eat a powerbar - whatever, just do what makes you happy and comfortable. 7) Don't go on vacation with people that annoy, piss off, bore or bug you. :ddog 8) Fish, swim, relax, sunbathe without concern for time. Do it till you're done. 9) Get as silly as you can (well, if you do it all the time, just keep it up ). 10) Stop when you see something that interests you. Even if you just stopped one mile ago. 11) Take more pictures than you'll ever look at. Take multiples of the subject. 12) Remember the rule of threes in photography: 1/3 foreground, 1/3 subject and 1/3 background - or sky. 13) Forget everything back at home, work, the bank, etc. I know there were more rules, but I was on vacation and I just don't remember. Besides, it's a lot to take in - even if I were on a crash course. But I wasn't, I was relaxing and these lessons weren't spoken so much as experienced. Have you ever tried to learn something that has nothing to do with the brain - by using your head to learn it? Right, it can't be done. Experience is the only way. Here's how the lesson started: Rob works the night shift in Sacramento, and I live in Sonoma County - about 95 miles away. Rob gets off work around 6:30 and wanted to try and leave between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. That would mean I should leave around 6:00 Wednesday morning if I were to meet that suggested departure time from Rob's house. Benjava lives in Vallejo, and for a short time I toyed with the idea of packing up Tuesday night and crashing at Ben's but that didn't get close to happening. I had a list of things to do before I left and as per usual, a couple things cropped up at the last minute. At noon on Tuesday I knew I wouldn't be completing my list, so I decided that the vacation had begun and I wasn't going to get stressed about anything, I was just going to take it all in stride. I finally got to sleep around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and got up at 5:30. I wasn't too tired and kept getting ready. The bike was packed before I went to sleep, so I just had internet stuff to take care of and get out of there. I kept thinking of little shit to pack or do and I was damned if I wasn't going to have at least one cup of coffee.