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    TR: Livin' well in the Swell

    from mike debernardo on Vimeo.

    After cracking a celebratory beer I was sitting comfortably in the warmth of my sleeping bag in the small camper trailer. I wasn't really asleep but my brain was floating in that space between conscious thought and dreams. It was about midnight and we just got done with a very slow 5-hour drive. The light from a little flashlight filtered through the whiskey bottle that I just took a warming pull from and dimly illuminated the space in a pale orange glow. It was peaceful and it was quiet.

    The loud blast of the 12-gauge shotgun only startled me a little bit. The childish laughter that followed seemed appropriate. I knew we were in for a good time when John came back in from rummaging around the back of the Jeep and shooting random things in the desert and asked if it scared me. Drifting to sleep was easy enough, although with the anticipation of riding some of the most technically challenging trails in the state my dreams got the best of me. I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night because I thought for sure that I had at least three broken spokes on my front wheel.

    Hot weather and hot babes, okay maybe the weather wasn't that hot, on the second morning the water jug had chunks of ice in it. And okay, maybe there were no chicks, but it was still really fun. In fact, there was hardly anyone around except for us. The San Rafael Swell is a big, desolate place. Perfect for switching off the cell phone, playing in the sand and relaxing for a bit. Bikes, beer, guns, and bacon; all is well in the Swell.

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    I love that place...still feels like it's "out there."

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    Wow. Terrific edit. Great riding. Beautiful place. Nice work!
    I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth...
    Isaiah 58:14

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    I'll second what KRob posted!!
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    Great job showing the character of the place. Camping at the trail head is the way to go at 5MOH I think.
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    mighty fine work fellas....i liked it a whole bunch.

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    Thanks for a great video and for not including flowers, poetry, deep musings, rainbows and unicorns.

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    o HELL yes!
    nice work, team!


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    Good job!

    Good stuff, all of it. The riding of course, and the shoot, edits, and music.
    "...when your ride is nearly over, it seems to have lasted but an instant..."


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