Thursday, September 15, 2011

Progression


Have I told you about the time I met Evel Knievel? There's not much to tell really. I went through considerable expense and hardship to attend Evel Knievel Day in his hometown of Butte, MT. I had hopes of getting the interview that would make my career as a freelance travel writer. Mr. Knievel didn't seem to care for me. He had my college boy number immediately and treated me accordingly. It was a brusque exchange.

I did bring back an autographed picture, but I can't remember now if it was authentic? I maybe forged it on the dashboard of my Nissan Sentra in the parking lot of the Anaconda pit mine while thinking, "Jump this asshole!" That's a strong possibility.

I am going on a Ride today, which has Snake River Canyon potential. This will be my 4th time doing this route with these dudes and 50% of those were painful beyond anything I had ever known on a bike, and the other two were outright debacles for me or Mystery. One time I was so worked up about this ride I threw my back out unloading my bike from from the van. Instead of calling "a medical" I rode anyway, listing to one side for 30 miles in 2 hours across unpredictable terrain. That was the best time I have had of the 4 outings.

I feel good today though. I can't wait. I will be happy just turning the pedals.

-Juancho

7 comments:

Mungam said...

your Evel experience is hilarious!

Velosopher said...

I remember seeing Snake River Canyon live on TV, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I seem to remember not being too disappointed; it seemed impossible to begin with.

nicol said...

I remember your Evel story. I think you talked about him when he died.

Enjoy your ride!

Juancho said...

That's great. I'm already starting to repeat myself. Have I told you about the time it rained earthworms when I was a little boy?

bikechain said...

despite ur not so good experience I periodically and always take great delight in Jim Rome's sound drop of Evel saying "Do you know who the hell I am?"

Juancho said...

That's pretty much what he said to me, then he blew cigar smoke in my face.

nicol said...

You got a good story out of meeting him-definitely a story worth telling again. :)