Pensacola to Lafayette

I had a late roll out on purpose because my drive was shorter. I got across the rest of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi fairly quickly and it was very interesting. No pics really kind of too busy driving. Decided once in La. to go to the Tabasco plant on Avery Island. My route changed and put me on 90 in Cajun country. What a cool drive. 

The route had an oversized load with a Louisiana state trooper driving behind in the left lane for 50 miles or more. Got out to Avery Island just to see the store but no factory tour. The grounds were really cool. 

I went to the Jungle Garden entrance. 

Rich and Chrysa are en route and Cycle Zydeco starts tomorrow. Peace out Namaste Tres

Pensacola on the way to Cycle Zydeco in Lafayette, La

I did some work on the way out of town and began driving to Pensacola. It’s about 500 miles from Ruskin. I stopped in Monticello for gas and saw one of Bubba’s pink directional arrows. The tribe had just been through a few days ago. I saw the Dairy Queen, I stopped at on C2C in 2016 as I drove into Pensacola on I-10. Pensacola is really nice. My hotel Sole Inn.

I learned at the front desk the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos were playing at home against the Mobile Bay Bears. 

Beautiful stadium right on Pensacola Bay. 

Fish and chips at the ballpark. Nice people and a great time. Slept and slept than did the 1 hour urban ride around on a sleepy Tuesday morning. Palafox, the main drag, intersected Wright St. and it Church row. 

Went up to Jackson Hill neighborhood. 

Downtown and the commission.

Peace out Namaste Tres

SANTANA-Al Lang Field, St. Pete, Florida-April 18, 2019. 

I had joined the Santana Fan Club and was able to get pre sale tickets for this show. I was able to buy 4 and asked one of my best friends and wife to come. We were 2 rows from the stage. Great Italian dinner at Grazzi. Commish to come later. 

The maestro came out jamming with Soul Sacrifice. Woodstock film on screen.

It was an amazing show and Carlis Santana’s band was top notch. The maestro is a living legend. 

A Love Supreme. John Coltrane. Got Coltrane and Santana. WOW!

The show was a super mix of old and new. 

Carlos Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackmon. She was great. 

The maestro has a new album coming out and expect it to transcend genre and age group. What a show. 

Santana twice in 6 months. Peace out. Namaste Tres

KISS End Of The Road Tour-Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida. April 11, 2019

I want to say it was 1976 and the KISS Destroyer tour came to Richmond, Va. Richmond Coliseum, big deal. I was a college student studying mass communications broadcast news at VCU and I was a DJ at the college’s little radio station WJRB then WVCW. I was criticized for playing KISS. I didn’t care because their 3 chord rock spoke to me and my friends. So here I am. Great KISS crowd. 

Performance artist, David Garibaldi, warmed up the crowd. He would paint a donated, signed KISS portrait for a local Tampa charity. It was fun. He painted a Steven Tyler portrait upside down.

May not be too clear. 

Here we go. 

Here  we go NOW.    

The iconography of KISS seems to be the lasting single driving force that have kept a 3 chord rock band together for 45 years.The makeup, costumes and over the top stage show truly is one of a kind. As they say only  KISS could do that. 

If you go to the show you will take a lot of pictures. 

Old film behind the band. Ace Frehley. 

It is a visual onslaught.

Loud and full of pyrotechnics. 

Graphic novel film type stuff behind the solo performance of Tom Thayer, a very good RnR lead guitarist. He and Paul Stanley riffed out Won’t get fooled again then the drummer smashed it to it as well.  They then  returned to Lick it up. 

Lots of KISS flying around Amalie, 

Did I say the show was visual? 

I am sure my me I phone did not do this justice. 

Finale and anthem. Great show. Peace out Namaste Tres

Paddle Florida 2019-Suwannee Paddling Festival

I left to pick up my good friend and great bowman, Chris Wilkerson, to paddle the wood tandem gem. 

The traffic northbound was awful and set us into camp a little late. 

A primitive supported paddle trip with you doing the camping work and Paddle Florida doing the support of hot food, river planning, shuttles if needed and this weekend they were, staff paddling with you and great evening programs. 

The first night program had ex Paddle Florida board member and present Florida Paddling Trails Association president Jill Lingard. She gave a great talk about what FPTA does and how it can help your community. They are the organization that helps with the CT trail around the state of Florida. 

It really rained, thundered and wild lightning. We woke up with a nice morning and a 12 mile paddle from Madison Blue Spring back to Suwannee River State Park on the Withalacoochee. 

We were the first boat into the water and the river was beautiful. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. 

We were treated to Kathryn Weaver’s folk music. She was great. 

A nice night and good breakfast. We had another shuttle to Gibson Park for a 8 mile paddle back down to the park. 

Great day on the river. 

Takeout, pulled pork sandwich and sweet goodbye. 

Photo credit Chris Wilkerson. Peace out Namaste Tres

Bike Florida 2019-Brooksville weekend

I was to meet my C2C friends Rich and Chrysa in Brooksville for the weekend to get some riding in around this area on Bike Florida. First day short but good. 

It was a beautiful day out to the Suncoast Trial after leaving some of the canopied roads outside of Brooksville. 

Brooksville Hall of Fame. 

Great lunch at Florida Cracker Cafe. The riding and weather has been great. 30 miles with 600 feet of climbing. 

An ice breaker for tomorrow. Papa Jo’s Italian for dinner. Fabulous. Mariella sent me this picture of us at Bike Florida 2012 on St. George’s Island on the panhandle. 

Day 2 had us going 47 miles with 1800 feet of climbing. The start out of camp put us on the Good Neighbor Trail. 

This lead us to going south on the Withalacoochee State Trail. One of my all time favorites. 

We stopped at Trilby Road and I knew what was next. HILLS. It was beautiful. 

On to Myers Rd, three sisters onto Spring lake highway. 

This lead to the second SAG at Boyette Grove or to us old local cyclists “Ice cream hill”.  We came back via the Good Neighbor Trail to Brooksville. 

We had dinner at a local downtown seafood restaurant and it was great. Rainbow trout. 

Day 3 had us going off route a little with a 50 miler on the Withalacoochee State Trail to Inverness and back. 

Vinny Coyle of Wheeler’s Wheelman and SMBC took our picture. Jim Wheeler of the Village Idiots was leading a club ride that day on the trail as well. 

We stopped at the Bike Florida SAG and in to Floral City and Inverness. 

Another Bike Florida weekend in the books. It was such good weather. My friends made it that much better. 

Peace out Tres

Day 4-Gairal Guesthouse-Dhikala and around. 

I awoke after a rough night to tell Mr. Om that I could not eat the breakfast they were having and they fixed me an omelette and butter toast with chai tea. It seemed to sooth me. I was better as it warmed up and Mr. Om talked me into going over to Dhikala for a safari ride through the park. 

I was unable to eat much at lunch. I realized than I would need to do something tomorrow about this and it probably meant not being on my original itinerary. Gairal rest house.

Dhikala is that magical spot on a bluff overlooking a sprawling river savannah with wild West Indian elephants and all kinds of birds and river otter. 

This baby leopard cub was killed according to Mr. Om by this type of owl.

Sambar deer males. Favorite food of the Royal Bengal tiger. 

A very small dinner of 1/2 omelette and one slice of bread. Slept as much as I could. 

Day 2-Old Delhi train station to Ramnagar, India

I slept in as best I could and a quick around my little part of Delhi. 

My driver and bellhop scoop me up and on to the Old Delhi train station. 

It was huge and required a local to get me on the right train in the right seat. A real Indian railways experience. 

The Yamuna River and Delhi our skirts were pretty dirty. 

The people were nice an a young Indian couple had gotten on the wrong train. The train was an hour and a half late and my driver was there scooping me up. The staff made me dinner at 11:00 pm at night. They were great.