I find it especially difficult to shift gears after a productive and intense winter of creative seclusion, so much so that the thought of being out of the studio and away from service for 4 days creates a tangible anxiety for me. I try to remember that those feelings are par for the course and within 15 minutes of hopping on a bike you get some perspective as to how silly they really are as they melt away. As my time gets more and more sparse I find myself ganging interests up, so that I'm in pretty ridiculous situations where I'm in the middle of nowhere biking my equipment to an outdoor event to DJ my latest favorites in electroacoustic sound design music, (here's a link to a recording of this set) photographing and studying geology and taking notes on rock formations for my artwork.
This is similar to a bike trip I took last year but I took an entirely different route this year and was joined by the newest member of the Extreme Raver Adventure Club, my wonderful wife, Alisha. We started off by listening to the second appearance of Randall Carlson on the Joe Rogan Experience where he discusses the nearly incomprehensible cataclysmic geological changes that affected the area we would be biking in, namely the Grand Coulee and the Moses Coulee around the melting of the last Ice Age. I highly recommend everyone check out this particular podcast as it really did a number on the way I view human civilization in a geological time scale.
We started off at DryFalls which is where Lake Missoula, a lake that existed around 12,000 years ago that extended from the Pacific Ocean to Montana and was said to contain 5x the water of the Great Lakes. We then biked in through the North part of the Moses Coulee which is in some ways more impressive than the south entrance. The trip all and all was around 110-120 miles with some heavy grade changes and offroad action and 1 rattlesnake. Since I have captions on most of the photos I'm going to skip a long detailed recounting of our trip. Enjoy.