Monday, April 9, 2012

Bucket List

I have been thinking about some of the events that occur in this world that I want to experience. Some of them are events to attend and others are events that I would like to participate in. The purpose of me posting it on the blog has three parts. First, I think there is something to vocalizing your goals. If I tell the world that I am going to do something then I am more likely to do them becasue I think it is a matter of pride. If I say I am going to do something, I want people to know I will do it. Second, I want some feed back. Is the event lame or worth it? Is there anything missing from the list? While some of these are easily obtainable some are going to cost some serious coin. Does anyone out there have any insider info on any of the events? For example, does someone out there know the organizer that runs Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance and can get me a volunteer position so that I don't have to shell out the $200 fee? Or do you know someone that races Baja every year and needs a navigator or crew member? I know it is a long shot! Third, do you have the same event on your list? Do you want to pool our resources? The layout is Event Name, Location, Date, website and thoughts. So here is the list in no particular order, what do you think?

1. Tour Divide (compete)
  • Banff Canada to Antelope Wells New Mexico
  • Beginning of June (for mass start but you can challenge any time)
Gentlemen's code race along the Continental Divide trail. 2745 miles. Self support only. Mens record is 17 days 21 hours and 10 minutes, and the Men's single speed record is 19 days 21 minutes! Thats 144 miles a day on a single speed!

2. The One Motorcycle Show (attend and some day show)
A motorcycle show with no prejudices or preconceived notions. You could see all types of bikes here from Harleys, to street bikes, to classics and customs.
3. North American Handmade Bike Show - NAHBS (Attend and show)
Turns out some of the most amazing custom bicycle work that I have ever seen. I would love to start a bike business and take my stuff there to be critiqued.
4. Goodwood Festival of Speed (attend)
Probably one of the biggest car events of the year.
5. Le Tour de France (attend)
Rent a villa in the french country side, ride my bike to the top of one of the big ones like the Col d'Tourmulet or the Alpe d'Huez, camp out watch the race, ride back to the villa and eat, drink wine etc.
6. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (attend)
The meeting ground of some of the most rare, and beautiful of classic cars. And we all know that the oldies are the goodies when it comes to cars.
7. Interbike (attend)
Can't believe that I have not been yet but I need to see it for myself. The largest bike industry show that I know of.
8. Oregon Manifest (attend/compete)
A bike event with a cargo bike race... yeah I could totally win that! Just seem like a cool atmosphere and a good place to see the latest in bikes that are used to carry stuff.
9. Isle of Man TT (attend)
Has to be the holy grail of motorcycle races. It is a road race held on closed streets and each lap is 37.75 miles long! Current record for a lap is John McGuinnes 17minutes 12.10 seconds... yeah that is an average speed of 131mph.
10. Syncro de Mayo (attend)
Goofy event held for owners of the VW Syncro (the 4 wheel drive version of the Vanagon) Some are there to camp out and talk to other syncro owners, and others are there to challenge their syncros off road. some of the videos on YouTube are pretty crazy.
11. Strawberry Music Festival (attend)
Another one that I can't believe that I have not ever been to. It was close to home and there are 2 every year. Lots of good musicians and camping.
12. Carnival (attend)
This is on the list for two reasons. First becasue I want to see carnival in full swing. Second, I have always wanted to go to Rio!
13. Fête des Lumières (attend)
The first event that was recommended by someone else. Seems like a cool event! Festival of lights.
14. Baja 1000 (compete)
After watching On Any Sunday and Dust to Glory I know I need to do this.
15. Paris Dakar (compete)
Not actually a race from Paris to Dakar but it used to be. Now it moves around every year. If I was independently wealthy I would be working out how to ship a mind blowing machine to South America this year...
16. Olympic Games (attend)
Summer? Winter? It does not really matter, it just seems like I should go to the Olympics some time.
17. Le Mans (attend)
THE car race. There is no other I really want to go to. 24 hours on a road course of closed of roads. All types of cars from production 911 to unlimited Audi turbo diesels. Movies have been made about it and I want to see it for real!
18. Twilight Cycling Rides (compete)
Would be cool to race a car at Laguna Seca but the next best thing would be to race my bike there! (without having to pay the ridiculous Sea Otter entrance fees)
19. Tom Brown Jr. Tracker School (attend)
Tom Brown Jr. grew up learning from elder Native Americans. He has written many great books and that is what got me hooked. After doing some research I found that he teaches courses on tracking, wilderness survival and more of the ways of the Native Americans.


  1. great job nick. Tell me when you are doing Tom Brown's school. I used to take his book (tom browns field guide to wilderness survival) to the mountains when I was in high school.

    1. Will do, but it may be a while! FGTWS is great, and The Way of the Scout and The Tracker are both really good too.

    2. You can sign us up for the Le Tour De France, Carnival and the Strawberry Music Festival!

  2. As stated this afternoon. You should add the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: and/or see anything by Improbable Theatre or Kneehigh Theatre.