Friday, May 13, 2011

El Diablo Run 2011: A Study in Photos & Haikus

I posted this same blog the other day, but somehow it disappeared? Here it is again..

I have never been one to take a lot of photos; even though I had a camera in my pocket the whole trip I just am hard pressed to grab it and snap pics. I got some, and here are a few of them, hundreds were taken by my brother Kyle and his girlfriend Ava, and countless others on the trip, so more will continue to surface and we will get some more up here on the site as well.

My Pan was running great the day before the run and that morning, but we left on the run and while I was still in Temecula I heard a 'thunk..thunk' that ended up being the moment my OEM H-D rear exhaust rocker arm snapped (!) and my pushrod met the inside of my rocker cover. I didn't discover the exact cause of the noise until later, but my bike cruised on various trucks and trailers for the remainder of the run, and I was unable to locate a rear exhaust rocker arm for a 1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead in Mexico, go figure. It should be home end of week and back on the road next week, where I will flog it for giving me such a hard time. I just now wrote a haiku about the experience:

riding wild thunder
then a disheartening sound
tequila flows free

Despite mechanical trouble, Mexico was a blast, everyone on the run was great and I had lots of fun eating, drinking, relaxing, wrenching, talking, and the whole deal. McGoo was kind enough to let me ride his BMW enduro the last day so I got to ride from Ensenada back up to Murrieta, California, so that was a nice added bonus.


Anonymous said...

haiku form is 5-7-5 syllables, not 6-7-6

Tyler said...

I know, I just got the last line wrong :) It was 5-7-6 I changed 'freely' to 'free', all fixed