A phone alarm rudely wakes me up from some slight shut-eye, but for some reason, I was more ready than ever to wake up. While trying to compose myself, I gaze around and see nothing but darkness and shadowy figures walking around the parking lot. Luckily, this was no bad dream, but an active parking lot where truck drivers are getting their legs stretched, coffee ready and minds ready to drive their distance before the sun comes up. Slowly, I make my way across the street to McDonalds for a regrettable breakfast and some mediocre coffee that would fuel my drive through the rest of Kansas into Colorado. Before I started driving down the monotonous motorway once more, my skateboard called to me to ride around the parking lot as to get my land legs on for the day.
Billions and billions sickened
Now that the faux food is slowly digesting, my hands grab the wheel and my foot hits the pedal. Minutes zoom by, hours tick slowly and many road signs are passed, this is the time my gas tank says feed me. My pit stop is in the fertile farm city of Colby, Kansas where the sun shines on the plentiful pesticide lands.
Mr. Moody’s pride
Blowin’ in the wind
You are what you eat
Although a short and sweet stay in Kansas, it opened up my eyes and perspective in wonderfully weird ways. I have tried my best here to explain, but the only way to truly understand is to get up, get out and seek your own experience.
Stay tuned for the inherent beauty of Colorado in part 3.
With a plan to be drowning in cruise control by 8:15am, I packed up and finished writing some travel notes to myself. Both eyes and sails were set for Colorado, but I wasn’t quite ready to drive 15 hours straight. Roughly 2/3rds of the way I made a plan to car camp at a Walmart in Salina, Kansas and was as comfortable as it sounds. These are some photographs that I shot while driving through Oklahoma and Kansas on the first day.
Texas style designated driver
Oklahoma near Turner Falls
Respectable gas price in Kansas
Gas stop in Kansas
After 10 hours of on and off driving I arrived to the sleeping destination. My plan was not designed for comfort, just efficiency and what I saved in money, I ended up sweating out while trying to sleep. I toss and turn for a couple of hours and get back on the road after some coffee and food. Part 2 starts here and the end destination is Denver so keep an eye out.
Josh is one of those fellas that you know for a day and seems like you’ve know him for years. Totally humble dude with one hell of a riding style, nothing better than watching some creative moves on some not well know spots. Always thinking outside the box, peep game.
7/8/15 marks the day of destruction to one of south Austin’s many diy ditch gems. Spots come and go, this is just part of the game…but something about sex ditch was different, it lasted for roughly 10+ years. This was a case of, “it’s been here so long, it has to stay” unfortunately this wasn’t the case this go around. Sex Ditch had many phases and stages, additions and subtractions – now I have to ask myself is this the final stage?
The city of Austin has claimed countless DIY spots all over the city, leaving skaters and bmx riders to migrate to different areas in hopes to set up another spot. In my opinion DIY spots can go both ways, either a hangout spot for junkies and juveniles or a training ground for people who decide to ride or skate.
With neighborhood support and community DIY, sex ditch was a utopia for small children and progressive riders. I started going to sex ditch back in 2006 when I had just started getting into bmx, and over the years it transformed into a second home. Every day after middle school and high school the homies and I would congregate and ride till sun fall. As I grew older I learned how important this place was to my development, and how much it taught me about this craft known as bmx. In the later years I would see the new middle schoolers and high schoolers go through the same routine, meeting up after school and skating/riding till the sun baked them into the concrete they stood upon. Now with this training ground outed, the locals who rode this spot everyday will either have to rebuild or skate the long strip of banks. At this point sex ditch looks like it did back in ’05, a blank area with a lot of potential.
When will the city of Austin learn that you can’t kill the DIY spirit, it’s like a deadly virus and it only spreads, you can try to destroy it, but it will only come back stronger. I hope one day Austin takes a look at what El Paso is doing with their drainage ditches and recreates that scene down here. The only thing they are doing is wasting tax payers money on a spot that likely keeps kids out of trouble, not where to?
All in all it had an amazing run, another for the books. Special shout out to anyone who build, swept, picked up trash, or supported the sex ditch slab. There’s two things guaranteed to us in this sick sad world… and that taxes and DIY.
Here’s a collection of photos of Sex Ditch over the years…
You can’t really ask for anything better than a couple days out of town with a wild pack of homies. Three days of straight phunk in San Antonio thanks to empirebmx, Jeremie Infelise, and John Ranger. We stumbled upon some foreign setups, and jumped a few fences to let our exploration sides get loose. I snapped some picture along the three days, here’s part 1 of the Empire SA Trip…
Click HERE to check out our previous Empire SA trip gallery from a few months back!
Out here creepin and lurkin around with David a couple days ago, in the attempt to check out a couple of suspect spots. We loaded up the truck and set our sails to the foreign territory to see if we could gather any ideas of what this spot could be. I drove past it accidentally a few weeks ago and it’s kept my mind entertained ever since…
The spot was very promising, a couple things laid out in the small radius, the first interesting thing was this perfect street to steep bank gap, hopefully in the near future we’ll get loco on this guy.
Directly to the right of the gap is a pretty wild hip, the crazy part is getting the speed through the grass to hit this thing, David was ramping the shit out of this contraption, almost whipping out a little too much on a couple of go’s.
Can’t even get a day into the week without posting some new material from the outer sourcings of the world wide web. Props just dropped some heavy hitting shit that for the most part is all based in Austin, so go ahead and check out these throwback videos thanks the one and only props bmx.
Ladies and germs we got a six and a half minute video of people riding things with two wheels that rotate in a circular motion for pure enjoyment. For the most part these clips have been sitting in storage mode waiting to see the day of light. Nothing else to really say or talk about, go carve some stuff and get fun.
5050 Twin – Block Muzik
Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm
Albert King – I’m Doing Fine