RV Adventures #4, April 11th- April 12th: Somewhere between Salt Lake City and San Francisco
Posted April 13th 2007
Words and photos by Gavin Butler
Well, Salt Lake City just didn’t turn it on for us, with little snow at Skyline and light winds down on the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake looks good for land kiting, though we are a little early. Apparently, it’s been raining a lot over the past few weeks so the lake bed was too sticky to ride. That … combined with light winds … didn’t make it too easy as Jim tried to give it a go while Alex filmed.
I have to give Jim 10 points for effort though, as he slid, fell and became covered in Salt Lake’s finest sludge in the bitter cold. We did find another spot across the highway but by then the wind had crapped out and was to light to move. Oh well.
It has been really nice staying with Jake and his family, and finally getting a chance to wash, clean all the camera gear, catch up on emails, etc.
Jake helped fix some of the bus repairs, which was great, and I had the chance to get break from the human freight-train snore machine Jim, aka – The Quaker. I found a corner in the back of Jakes house where I could only hear a faint tremor from Jim’s nose. It’s been a long 2 weeks of snore-interrupted sleep and I can’t see him easing up anytime soon, so it was nice to get a couple of nights away from him at Jake’s.
On a brighter note I finally had a vanilla malt milkshake. We must have stopped off to eat at several various diners around the country on this great journey of ours, and not one of these diners had the old school milkshakes … the hand made ones in the silver cups. I couldn’t believe it and thought that we’d have to spend countless more hours searching for them but Jake’s lovely wife came to the rescue last night with old school vanilla malt shakes for all the boys. Thank you!!!! Thank you! Craving done.
So we are heading to San Fran area now so Alex can shoot his video. I can’t believe how little snow is on the mountains around SLC. Usually it’s powder-coated, but not this year. Global warming here we come! I guess it’s time to drive our gas guzzling bus to San Fran instead and look for some hard packed beaches so the guys can finish their movie.
More info soon when we hopefully get some solid riding conditions in.
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