I have a friend, Pibb, that takes notes and journals every day and every ride. The Every Day Carry (EDC) Community is huge on carrying small notebooks and I have taken to carrying a Field Notes book with a cover that Joker made for me. I generally only write down reminders, to do lists and addresses, but it is very handy to have. All of this to make a point on how good notes taking can improve group rides and long rides.
Smartphones and GPS are great, but very prone to getting broke or going dead. Here is what I am thinking. Carry a riding notebook, especially on a cross country group trip. The first thing you need to write down in your notebook is your emergency contact. That will be huge if(God forbid) you get hurt. The next thing you need is your addresses and phone numbers of any stops or rally spots. I always write a plan for the route that I can see while I ride(example, example), but having more notes and numbers is always good. The next thing that could be very helpful is getting the phone number and emergency contact of everyone thatâ€™s riding with you. Having everyoneâ€™s number is great if you lose somebody on the ride. Also I have a ton of riding buddies from the internet that I donâ€™t even know their full legal name or even who to call if(God forbid) they get hurt on a ride. Itâ€™s also really cool to have phone numbers to call all your best friends from the internet later.
I plan on carrying a Rite in the Rain mini side stapled notebook and Trekker Space Pen for all my long rides and day trips in the coming up. The Rite in the Rain should hold up better to sweat and rain, than a regular Field Notes stapled notebook.
I gotta give it up for Halsey Errecart (@DixxieHazzard on IG) and her Parents, yeah! Who threw their first Chopper Campout (after the Biltwell Ride To The Pines) and NAILED IT! Somewhere deep down winding roads (I guess there's a lot of those in NorCal), outside of Auburn California, FREE Camping, Tri-Tip Pulled Pork and BBQ Barrel Chicken Dinner, endless Scrambled eggs, Coffee, Bacon and Sausage for Breakfast, Wayyyy too much booze to drink in a night, "Where's the Jameson!" PONY CART RACES, Bonfire... it should have been a two day affair! This is homegrown hospitality done right... take notes people!!!
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When you actually operate an event you rarely get to experience it as an attendee. Luckily I surround myself with talented folks who are always willing to help out the cause. ChopCult contributor Nick Faught was one of many photographers on location and he sent in a few of his favorite photos from the Hippy Killer Hoedown. Enjoy! - Lisa
Thank you, Nick, for your help and friendship!
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Full HK HOEDOWN coverage coming soon to chopcult.com!
I started to get a burning hole in my pocket and realized I couldn't buy anything I wanted here and be able to strap it to the bike home... I'd never been to the NoCal Swap Meet before and I rarely even attend swap meets any more (blame it on burnout, or overpricing, or just the lack of any control on the bullshit people are allowed to sell in what's billed as a "cycle swap" but ends up being something else entirely, don't get me started...) BUT, I did have an awakening in Sacramento at the NorCal Swap Meet. This place was 99% chopper/motorcycle related. Cheers on doing it right. (and I'll also praise the location snack bar, the likes of which I haven't seen since I was a kid and there were still drive-in movie theaters in Southern California).