May 9

05-02-19 GOING ALONE - Ride from Ludlow to Siberia


My journeys to Siberia are always bookmarked by my ride up and over the edge of the Mojave Grade from the desert gas stop at Ludlow and into an immense desert basin connecting a series of ancient dry lakes leading to the Colorado River. When I leave the desert, I usually continue the journey east before making my escape from the heat and empty by riding up to and across the rugged Sheephole Mountains en-route to Joshua Tree where I usually stop for an early dinner. I have a special musical playlist which I always start just as I begin my ride into and away from the deep desert which I've overlayed onto this video. I especially enjoy suddenly cutting the music as I arrive alone at Siberia to face the empty dark and waste, which is like a sudden shock and reminder of where I am and what I'm about to do. Killing the big bike's engine and plunging into the still deeper desert silence only heightens the effect.


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Going Alone was begun by Kurt Bell in an effort to help others understand and manage  the recognition of the apparent indifference of the universe to our well being, happiness or even our existence, and to find ways to make a good life in spite of this fact.

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