Thursday I rolled out my Think Tank gear for nine days of shooting through the Western states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. My first stop was Salt Lake City and an assignment with Specialized Bicycles at Snowbird, elevation 8100'. I don't know about riding at altitude, I've not been above 4300' and the summit of Mt. Hamilton, but photographing at 8,000-9,000 feet with all the associated running and climbing was tough day one. Well, that and the fact we worked straight through from 6am to 8pm. Long day.
With some good stuff in the can as they say, today promises to be another long one but perhaps with a little less of the anxiety that always accompanies the first day of an assignment. Not too different from the nervous excitement we see in the first stages of a major tour. I missed yesterday's fireworks on Arcalis. I'll get a chance to shoot a little mountain action today; another first.
Well, that's it I'm afraid for this update. I'll add a photo or two after I get some editing done. It's 4:30 am and I'm taking a first crack at sorting through the 2000+ frames from yesterday. When we wrap tonight it's back to a hotel near the airport and a few hours sleep to recharge (me and all the batteries), before catching a flight to Phoenix to rendezvous with Mr. Pasley and the Continental project early Sunday morning. I'm having a blast.
Hold on Brendan – I think he’ll need someone who speaks French and has extensive, documented experience with hat straightening. Someone like me, for example… Then again you may have me beaten out on cord winding, so perhaps he’ll need two experts.
Michael – great to see you turning a serious hobby into something that can support your other serious hobby. Good luck with the Continental crew – looking forward to seeing the photos.
Fair enough…you can be the multilingual, trans-global, hat straightening, super domestique and I will handle pudding cup acqusition, food & bev tasting, story telling, etc, It’s so fun to type this in my easy chair knowing that Michael logged 15 hours of hard duty in the Arizona mountains. What a nutter!
1 – I need to be your cord winding, water fetching, “turn my hat around”, “what time is it?” assistant when you go to the TdF.
2 – Go Alberto GO! Please continue to attack as that is what we all really crave – drama on the road! Do the unpredictable…the impetuous..the bold…GO GO GO! Bring the winner out of their corner! Go for it!