It’s ten o’clock in the morning, the fog is lifting from the race track here at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. In a few short hours Shoeless and I will be perched on the edge of our seats; spectators at the grand-daddy of all motorcycle races, the World Moto GP.
Yesterday, after ordering a venti iced-coffee, I stepped outside the doors of the luxurious Marriott and found a seat on the patio, street side. I sat there for several hours, using my right thumb to tap out the last blog I had posted.
Then I fiddled around on Facebook for awhile, checking in, and also checking in on my friends activities; pictures of a beautiful fresh born baby, viewing a few photos of what others had for dinner, and finding out about a friends job promotion. Occasionally I glanced up to do some people watching, those enjoying themselves in the music capital of our country.
One of my favorite Austin based singer-songwriters was on the bill at Little Woodrow’s. I was one of luckiest, a pdf file of a ticket to Bob Schneider’s performance in my inbox. But another email came through only hours before he would’ve stepped on stage, letting me know the show was postponed do to the thunder and rain.
I marched Jo and myself down the sidewalks of the very famous 6th Street, the same place we had witnessed a smorgasbord of immorality the night before. Only this time we find the happy-go-luckys enjoying an aria by one of the locals favorites, Jeffrey Cray.
His striking solo-performance captured me for several hours. Sitting there, I met Taylor Campbell. The two of us were talking his inebriated brother out of a spontaneous Mario and Luigi tattoo that he was fixing to have permanently inked on his ass-cheek. Taylor tossed me forty bones, supporting the mission I’m on and he spent some time loving on Shoeless Jo.
Across the street, while balsncing in a wobbly barstool, I met Hugh and his friends. Hugh and I got to talking about Operation Elf Box and from what I gathered, this enlisted soldier hadn’t been paid a visit by Santa all that often as a young boy. Hugh expressed to me his desire to create a brighter Christmas for children in his town too; San Angelo. Hugh is pictured here on the right, a perfect lil elf.
I’m familiar with the southern Texas town he lives in, having visited their city a few years back when I was announcing freestyle motocross at a boys ranch for Terry Russell, owner of United FMX. Terry is a good friend, an extremely talented stunt performer who use to fly over the top of my head on his dirt-bike.
Back at the Marriott I met up with my Bend Oregon comrade, Ron Carter. He and his co-workers were having a late dinner when I arrived. I was hungry too but thought I might grab some cheap street tacos as an alternative to the pricey hotel menu. A moment later, at our table of seven, the waitress magically slid a colorful plate of food under my nose saying that it was a mistake, the cooks making an extra platter of delicious quesadillas. And later came a chocolate moose, all of it on the house.
Someone told me about the haunted Driscoll Hotel and Lounge. Jo and I have already done plenty of pedaling over the last forty four days and seventeen hundred miles, so for the journey to the historic property we hailed a pedi-cab.
After making our way through the shiniest lobby I had ever seen and stepping our feet and paws into the packed bar, we were welcomed by the acoustic sound of a true Texas trio; a standup bass, fancy fiddle player and a loose fingered banjo picker.
When the clock struck midnight, we pointed ourselves back to the hotel. And it was there in my cozy bed that I counted my blessings instead of sheep; one, two, three, four…
“The World Exploded Into Love” is a song written by Bob Schneider, he sings these words with great passion…
There is a universe that can’t be seen
It’s just a feeling, if you know what I mean
Delectable, dimension, undetectable by sight
It’ll fill up your heart in the dead of the night
Some say that it’s an astral plane
It can’t be described, can’t be explained
The world exploded into love all around me
And everytime I take a look around me
I have to smile