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This is where I will be posting photos, videos and stories from my upcoming trip to Nepal, India, Thailand and other spots. It also has all of my past posts including original music.
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This video is of my 2011 bicycle tour on the scenic and dramatic San Juan Skyway. The San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado are a very special place for me. I go to them for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival each year like a pilgrimage and be sure to arrive weeks early to enjoy the area. This year I decided to circumnavigate the greater vicinity around Telluride by pedaling hundreds of miles in the San Juan Skyway. The path loops from Telluride Colorado through Rico, Dolores, Durango, Silverton, Ouray and Ridgway offering some of the most breathtaking views of the San Juan mountain range (with snow in June). It also offered me my most difficult day of climbing and greatest downhill, all on Red Mountain Pass/ Million Dollar Highway. I saw so much in those four days but could only film some. Strong headwinds made much of the ride more difficult than expected. Watch for the running of the cows, a hidden hot spring, and plenty of nice views. Check it out and enjoy. I will most likely be doing a very similar tour during June next year. Join me!
The music on the video features an track by Stone Tiger, a 1980’s Bill Frisell Project, “The Ballad of Easy Rider” by the Byrds, and an instrumental by the bluegrass super group Strength in Numbers.
While staying in Coal Creek for a night I recorded a bunch of music. I have played and recorded these songs before, but these versions are quite different.
First is the honky-tonk song “Lost Highway.” I am not sure who wrote it but numerous versions have been recorded. I did this on Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and vocals.
Second is the Peter Rowan song “Thirsty in the Rain.” A great tune that I did with two guitars, banjo and vocals. And some phasers and other effects.
And lastly is the first song I learned on banjo in 2002 when I picked up my first instrument. This version is nothing like the Del McCoury one. It is more of a grunge version that harnesses the power of Neil and Crazy Horse on rhythm Guitar.
I have at least four more songs from this recording session that will hit the blog soon.
A 10X speed version of my ride down the Million Dollar Highway down to Ouray Colorado. It was a 20 minute treat after a 3000 foot climb that was the hardest hill I have ever done, Red Mountain Pass. This is one portion of my bike tour video that I am currently editing together, I just figured I would share some parts as they become finished.
The song was composed by me playing drum kit and computer synth.
The narrow Box Canyon Falls in Ouray Colorado are a natural wonder that sends thousands of gallons of water through a narrow chasm of limestone down hundreds of feet putting on a nice show. IN the winter the park becomes a world-class ice climbing spot. I heard that while the ice is very thick in the winter, the climbers still hear the rushing water flowing behind it. I can’t imagine what ice climbing a fall like this would be like, but I would be happy to watch. It is a very easy hike from its own park just outside of Ouray or access it off of the longer perimeter trail which circles the town from its ridges.
Here is a quick video I made of my ride on the D&SNG Steam Train, one of the world’s premiere vintage scenic train rides . The route was constructed in the early 1880’s and has continuously run since then climbing thousands of feet each day. Each train carries tons of coal that is shoveled into the burner to boil water creating the pressure that make the train go. It is a three and a half hour ride each way on narrow cliff lines, over bridges, past waterfalls and other great views. I rode the train as a bit of a brake on my Colorado Bike Tour 2011. It saved me from two mountain passes and a day or two. It was quite a nice experience and I recommend it to anyone.
There are three music tracks. First is an experimental number by me called “On My Way Home (Train Song).” The Second it “Train Song” by Tom Waits, and the third is “Last Train” by Abigail Washburn.