Monday, April 5, 2010

I’m getting around to re-reading the journal I kept while on my trip down the California coast last summer. At the end of each day before going to sleep I would lay with my journal and write for a while. I wanted to revisit it, and finally get around to posting the rest of the photos from my trip. I won’t be posting all of my journal here, but I will transcribe most of it.


With all the nervousness + planning last night I didn’t get to bed until 3. I had palnned on getting up at 9, but that was out the window when I first hit the alarm. After waking up at 10, I decided to take my time and not rush leaving (mistake!) I showered and finished the dishes, took out the trash, went for an egg bagel and coffee at Noah’s and came back to finally load the bike. It was like a game of tetris, but none of the pieces were square, just a mass of lumps that I had to make fit.

And i finally all did! I felt I had room to spare too! I mad sure everything was super secure, took a deep breath, and took off.

I got to Tacoma really quickly, but the drive between Tacoma and Olympia is pretty nondescript, and I thought I had taken a wrong turn. Olympia finally surfaced, and I made my first stop.

When I did, I found out the cover on my left side of the bike had dislodged and was hanging off. I must not have reattached it well after checking the fuses. I secured it , got some water and drank it all at the gas station, then spend half an hour looking for zip ties to be sure the plate was scure. Didn’t find a place so I took off again, but on 101N, not S, so I had to turn around (only a 2 mi. detour).

The ride to Aberdeen was FREEZING. I had left Seattle sweating. I think it was 70 when I took off. I put on another layer under my jacket and decided to look for long underwear/johns/thermals. None in Aberdeen, but I did find zip ties + a watch so I can tell time w/o my cellphone on. Aberdeen looks like any other old coastal down, one way “Main Streets” with the other direction a block away. Lots of old mining + logging stuff.

I ate at a place I think called Billy’s. Looked old + unique, had a bar. I ate a yak hamburger. I twas pretty good. I’m determined not to eat at a chain (even though I shopped at Aberdeen Walmart).

Finally I made it to 101. The first section was through logging forests. Big hills with curvy ups + downs. This was a lot of fun, but very cold. There was no sun, maybe 60 out. Aberdeen was bright + nice, but 65 is nice when you’re not going 55 mph.

It took a while (and an addition of another long tshirt) but I made it to Astoria + Oregon! The bridge in was amazing.

Half an hour before, I had stopped to add the shirt, and took some pictures. The brown grass lit by the sun, in the middle of the water, with silhouetted hills in the background were amazing.

Anyway, found long johns in Fred Myer in Astoria and put them on in the bathroom there. 7:30pm + ~60mi. to Tillamuk, which would be my 250 mi. for the day, I was cutting it too close, but pushed on.

Checked for any campsite within 30 mi of Tillamuck with no luck. Definitely getting dark. Huge cliffs menacing against the dark sky + ocean. I started looking for hotels too, but all “No Vancancy” signs were lit. ~2 miles from Tillamuck there was an RV park w/ camps ites. I was so relieved. It was at least 9:15 and pitch black. nice woman checked min in, got me fire wood, so I started that up, set up the tent and started relaxing. Drank a canteen of water, stopped used complete sentances. Stared at the starts for 15 minutes and saw two shooting stars.

Then I threw all the wood in the fire so I could see to write this. Time for bed.

Oh yeah, plan for tomorrow: Last start park in Oregon. 282 mi from where I am now. I’m getting up at 7:30 hopefully! Wooo! 7.5 hrs sleep! Vacation!

See photos from this day here.

Once More Unto The Breach

This is the newest ViDoc for Halo: Reach, showing off in-game footage and interviews with coworkers. I’m still waiting for our documentarian to approach me about releasing a UI trailer. I’m not about to hold my breath though!

Twitted Too Hard

Various tweets from the last few weeks months past summer:

  • Seattle Motorcyclists, circa 1914:…
  • I love how every time I want to play a PS3 game, I have to wait 15+ minutes for everything to update.
  • Street Scramble = GTA Pigeon Shooting IRL. Also, Crusade Flags, Crackdown Orbs, etc.
  • 520 points for 3rd place. Not bad. 1st place had 800+ points. Crazy! Map/route/etc to be posted LAterZ!
  • Wow, 10 miles in 3 hours. Stopped for water 3-4 times, ran maybe 1/4 of the total.
  • Route
  • I think I can safely say that this is the only time I’ll be watching the Versus channel. #letour
  • Owww, #LeTour crashes make me cringe.
  • I was happy to hear at least 5 different languages being spoken on my way back from fireworks. THAT is America.
  • MJ to be buried w/o brain: The real reason? LOOK OUT BUBBLES!
  • Holy CRAP that was a nasty dump in #LeTour. He’s going to have massive roadburn all up his right side. I hope he kept his face off the road.
  • Following @warrenellis got me reading Transmetropolitan. I’ve realized it’s just his autobiography from the future. And that I like Ellis.
  • Animatrix was 2nd best thing in the Matrix Universe. Interested to see how Halo Legends fares…
  • Such a good Tour de France this year. I’m going to have to be sure and get HD + DVR for next year.
  • California Motorcyle adventure is GO! Not long now. Hope I don’t get shotgunned by redneck squares. “Damned hippays!”
  • Democracy:
  • REI loves me at this point. I wish there were a few more decent big outdoor stores around though.
  • Seeya Seattle! Next scheduled online time: 5 days from now. San Francisco, here I come!
  • San Francisco’d
  • M5 Industries. Aka Mythbusters.
  • OMG (from the top of Virginia Falls)
  • Phew. Mile 2540.3. At a loss for words.
  • Ahhh, Glo’s. Back home, all is good.
  • Large American Apparell T’s are now too big for me. Sweet!
  • The Deus Ex Machina at the end of “Big Man Japan” = best ever. So surreal and creepy.
  • I <3 @alexshepard @awskylershepard, @speckabeth so much. Forget how much until they come to town. They mean more 2 me than I let them know.
  • Hey @Gamestopcorp why sell games w/ security strip w/o a way to disable after sale?? I got harassed all day at other stores because of this.
  • Just ran ~3.5 miles straight through, no walking. Averaged an 8.8 minute mile.
  • Goatse?
  • People complain about things that are 95% perfect more than things that are 50% perfect.
  • If it’s crap, one doesn’t care, but if it’s almost perfect, OMG HORRIBLE, FIX YOUR CRAP!
  • As transparent as these are, they still totally work on me:…
  • In other news: they didn’t blow up the moon! Just a big “CHA” scarred in the side.
  • So far: 3 inches
    snow, mountain lion, truck in ditch, walking w/ bride up desolate trail
    in the dark, & getting flirty eyes from bridesmaid?
  • Phew
  • Good fun this weekend at the wedding. Great families. Wish I could have stuck around & heard more sister stories from @HilaryAndrew
  • The more I travel the more I want to travel.
  • If only there were less plane rides involved. Way to make EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of your business painful, frustrating and mind numbing.

I’m Too Excited to Tweet!

Various tweets from the last few weeks month:

  • Hmm, the “Straighten” tool in iPhoto isn’t working on on the photos I took at the Seattle Pride Parade (Ba-dum-dum-chhh!)
  • Some people can’t count. 1.1-Carradine 1.2-McMahon 1.3-Fawcett 2.1-Jackson 2.2-Mays 2.3-?
  • At least now the angel’s whites will be whiter. RIP Billy Mays.
  • Do I turn my
    Twitter icon black to show solidarity with Michael Jackson? Or white?
    What color represents NOT siding with child molester?
  • Wolverine Origins game ending is LE-GEN-DAAARRYYY!!! I sure hope there’s a sequel.
  • Peter Moore challenges Obama Get off the videogame demonization kick, eh? It’s about moderation and parents parenting.
  • Iran 2009 = USA 2004. Relected conservative, patriarical, fundamentalist, homophobic, warmonger.
  • I guess I accidentally a whole meme.
  • Remember the DHS warning about right-wing extremists that the right-wing went bonkers over? Shockingly, its coming true.
  • I’m a Photoshop Pirate, treasure troves of bountiful booty are stored deep in my hidden folders! CTRL-AARRRRR!
  • Kids these days throw the word “confirmed” like it’s the new “unsubstantiated rumor”.
  • I can’t wait for our otherwise awesome fans to stop using the word “gay” in place of “bad”.