I've neglected the blog for months, but I'm slowly getting back to it as I'm finally setteling in a bit. I've been behind on everything, orders, builds etc. It's good to be busy, but I hate keeping people waiting. Thanks for your patience with orders, I'm getting there.
Now for an update...
The Analog Run was a huge success, read previous post. Can't wait till next year!
In the month of Oct I was proud to be part of the Artistry in Iron in Las Vegas. Great show, great people. To my surprise, the old 56 Pan took 1st in it's class. Thanks so much!!
Stay tuned more news coming.. Chopperfest, Easyriders, EDR, Born Free!! New apparel!
I didn't think last year could get any better, but I was wrong. Thanks
to the generous support of all my close friends and sponsors, The Analog
Run 2014 was as close to perfect as it gets.
The basic idea is to get in the spirit of really connecting with the
road, your bike, and most importantly, people. Our cell phones are a
necessary tool in our modern lives, but they don't need to be a primary
tool when communing with others. People that aren't present can't
possibly experience whats around them to the fullest.
I am very proud that the spirit was alive and well this year. It's nice
to be around a campfire, enjoying drink, song, and story, and not see
one square screen light up. Or, to look out at the crowd during our
awards and not see one person looking down. Beautiful.
It was clear to me, via all the direct resposes from people at the
event, that unplugging allowed people to have an experience that was
real, and lasting. Memories were made, and they will last a lifetime.
Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Please support our sponsors so we can do this again next year!! AR14 SPONSORS
The first time I rode cross country I didn't have a cell phone, camera and any of the now modern day conveniences. Just me, the bike, a back pack, paper maps and camping gear. At the time, no one even knew where I was, no phone calls from the road, no mid trip lay over at someones shop. I was as solo as you can get. I was checked out. There was no chopper internet or Facebook or instagram, no one really cared to know the day to day of someone else's life.
By the end of that trip I met at least a dozen good people, ate some great food, ate crap food, ran out of gas so many times I lost count, spent the night in a Texas jail, got rained on and so sunburned my racial makeup was questionable. The only pictures of the trip were some taken at the end of my journey, and by the look of me, you could tell I had been somewhere. The stories were on my face and in my smile.
I still tell those stories and I relive them every time I tell them.
Today's reality of the internet and social media is a double edge sword. It's an amazing tool that brings people together and makes our world a much smaller place. I've met people from all over the world because of the world wide web. But more and more I see that we can easily fall victim to living through our digital identity and not living in the moment and being present. I'm as guilty as anyone sometimes. I love seeing pics of old bikes loaded with gear and heading down the road, but we see it so much via the web now that it's beauty is watered down. Every time someone rides to the gas station they take a pic.
The irony of seeing a picture that could easily be right out of the 60's with the exception of every dude in the shot with either his face in his phone or holding it up to take a picture. I can't help but think how silly an old Billy Ray picture would look with the token outlaw biker holding a giant brick cell phone.
Don't get me wrong, sharing is a good thing, but do we really need to share everything, and share it instantly? I'd argue that sharing things instantly gives them a life span of a bad movie. Living in the moment, being present in the world and with the people around you at all times, creates memories that stick with us a life time. This is what The Analog Run is all about.
The Analog Run is not a protest against something, it is a celebration of something. That something is riding and connecting with people face to face by disconnecting ourselves from the false virtual world and living in the real one. During the days of the run your cell phone stays in your saddle bag and only comes out in case of an emergency. We do not police people, we just ask that you get in the spirit of the idea and if you HAVE to make a call, that you step away in private and do so. All photos are taken with film and only posted AFTER the run.
Analog Run 2104 Oct. 10-12 Lake Lopez California, Los Alamos California http://analogrun.blogspot.com
The Analog Run 2014 is fast approaching. Below is the tentative schedule.
Oct. 10th The Run
Ride to Lake Lopez, Arroyo Grande California, Camp
People will be riding from all different directions so there is no "official" meeting place or route. The sponsors and organizers will be riding the 33 hwy through Ojai to the 166 then up 101 to Lake Lopez.
We should be arriving at Lopez in late afternoon. The sponsor camp site is Campabello group site. You are welcome to come hang out. If you want to camp, you will have to make your own arrangements.
We should have plenty of refreshments from our friends at Firestone. We have made it a point to support local business and we will be enjoying 805 Beer. http://www.805beer.com/
At our group site we are having food brought in from another local business Old San Luis BBQ. The food is for sponsors and friends ONLY!! If you are at our site during this time, please respect that.
Camp site gathering, hang, enjoy 805, some tunes and leave your cell phone in your tent.
Oct. 11th Motorcycle Gathering The Union Hotel, Los Alamos Ca.
362 Bell St, Los Alamos, CA 93440
We will be taking a canyon ride from Lopez to The Union.
If you cant make the run on the 10th, please come up and hang with us at The Union for The Motorcycle Gathering.
Noon till 6pm ish. Parking in front of Hotel is reserved for bikes only, we will be taking over the rear patio with bike parking as well. There will be a bike show with awards for first, second and third. Any bike parked at the Union is eligible and it is free entry.
We have awards and raffle prizes from Antigravity Batteries, Biltwell, Crazy Heart Leather, Show Class Mag. Dice Mag. Ink Fx, Harley Davidson and many others.
Horseshoe Tournament: 1pm to 4pm. ( Teams of 2, sign up cut off at 1:30, play to 6 )
Bike Awards and Raffle at 5pm.
Group photograph at the magic hour in front of the Union Hotel. (Elvis Castillo will be taking film shots.)
Of course this is all subject to change as we are trying to keep things loose.
If you want to explore and ride the area on the 11th, then return to the Union later, we encourage that.
Leave your cell phone in your saddle bag, pocket or in your room. This is a "social media blackout event" Talk to your friends, meet new ones, have a great time! We can share all the stories when all is said and done. While there are no digital or iPhone police, we are asking that you get in the spirit of the event.
The Union Hotel is booked solid, but there are rooms available at The Alamo across the street. Book now.
Oct 2 - 5th, I'll be at Las Vegas Bike Fest. I'm honored to have been invited to be part of the Artistry in Iron portion of the show. I'll have Yang and Uncle Sam with me. Please stop by and say hello!