Did anybody read about the guys who were going to make a seven hour, seven mile dive in order to verify the connection between Wakulla Springs and some hole in the ground elsewhere? In doing so, they would prove beyond a doubt that all kinds of filth from all kinds of places is ruining our mysterious waters. Mainly though, I bet they just wanted to do it because it would be ‘epic”. Not like, “I rode to Munson and then rode it backwards, it was epic.” More like, “I rode to Munson while on fire.” That kind of epic.
It has been well documented that Juancho is a fan of caving. Wiggly, squirmy, muddy, dark caving where you are completely surrounded by air. Not much of a fan of anything without immediate access to air. I could have nightmares just from talking about what those guys are up to, or down to, in this instance.
I’m just saying, it seems like I would have heard by now if they made it through or not.
Now, about this issue of lights. Everybody keeps telling me to get a light and go night riding. “Riding at night is so awesome!” “I love to ride at night, I’m more one with the forest.” Or they say,” It’s so quiet and peaceful at night.” “Sometimes we play capture the flag.”
Let me tell you what is really going on-
These people don’t have jobs like mine where they can ride at 10:37 A:M on a Tuesday morning. I know what it is like riding at night, it is dark. If I succomb to the night riding schedule it negates everything I have worked for to separate myself from a 9 to 5 lifestyle.
Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!
And those lights, I shouldn’t have to decide between paying the rent or buying a flashlight for my bike. That’s just not right.
And what about the little forest creatures? Aren’t you disrupting their cycles? A group of riders with HID/LTD/BIG/ABC headlights looks just like the Alien ship in Close Encounters (A movie from the olden times for you younger readers) floating through the forest. It is terrifying I tell you.
Anybody got one I can borrow?
Welcome to the dark side young jedi student thingy!
Here’s what you do; get invited to a 6:00 o:clock ride out of Big Worms headquaters and get there about five minutes late. When worm hands you the light kit he has been lending to newbies for nine years, give him a a lost kitten look and say something like “jeez that looks complicated.”
Watch in awe and wonder as Worm holds his composure even though the vien in his forehead is busting out a beat from a late ninties rave. Then just as he is buttoning up your rig mention the bent derailer hanger and how he’ll probably have to wait on you since you can’t shift and go up hill all at once.
You’ll fit right in and you won’t spend a dime.
Then see if you can borrow the light rig to go night diving in the Caribbean when you visit the Yucatan. That would combine water, light, darkness AND large sea creatures.
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That tower is so short these days.
That picture brings back fond memories.
I also have good memories of Wakulla Springs.
Like having some hydrilla brush your leg and going into a full-blown JAWS-style screaming fit?
Yeah, me neither.
Wow, cut and paste Downtown Guy’s link to see how good they use to have it at the Springs.
You can find all kinds of weird shit at the Florida photo archive.
That was one tall tower in it’s day.
Oh, and it would frighten me more to hear someone actually have a JAWS-style screaming fit, than to feel the weeds brushing against my legs. 😉
Where was the article about the divers, by the way?
Ms. Moon, we’re saving that dive in the cenotes of the Yucatan for YOU! Me and John are gonna hang out with 5 mo. old “Juanchito” this trip! 🙂
Dang. I’m so jealous.
Kiss that nino for me.
and Juanchito’s parents?? what are we?? his posse??
Nicol, I read about it in last Sunday’s Democrat. Probably available online at http://www.tdo.com
Juanchito has parents? Nobody tells me anything.
Dude, if you succumb to any riding schedule it negates everything you’ve worked so hard to separate yourself from.
They did make it through and then spent 12hours decompressing underwater before surfacing at the mouth of the spring. They had lights made by one of the bikelight companies!
I was there just prior to them surfacing hanging out with a pod of manatees.
The dive is the record for distance and time, so “epic” fits. The bike equivalent would be to do the same thing on a bike and yes, that would likewise be “epic”.