Street Vibrations to Hardly Strictly

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October 9th 2009
Published: October 9th 2009
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I've had a busy couple of weeks. A group of us went to Virginia City which is the oldest city in Nevada (I think)... it's a staggering 150 years old, hardly the same as in Europe! It was good to see though. It's a small place up in the mountains with lots of wooden saloons. That weekend also happened to coincide with a bikers festival called Street Vibrations. It was crazy. I've never seen so many bikers in one place and they were all so stereotypical. They seem to have some strange tradition where the women sit on the back of the motorbikes, ride through the street and flash in return for cheap, plastic beads. Very strange though quite amusing. Most of the women were very large and about 60. I'd like to add I got no beads! The weather was really hot and it was the first time I felt slightly strange standing in the heat.

Two days later Nevada got it's first snowfall of the season! The weather here is so strange. I didn't believe the forecast but sure enough the snow came and it was freezing. The cabin where we are staying looked very beautiful, like a Christmas card.

Last weekend we went to San Francisco for Hardly Strictly, a Bluegrass festival. This was really good fun. Very busy and good weather. I didn't know many people on the lineup and I can't really tell you who I saw apart from Tom Morrello. For those of you who don't know Tom, he was the lead guitarist from Rage Against The Machine and now he's turned to country. That was strange.

This week the weather has warmed up again. It's still cold at the cabin but ok in Reno and hot in the desert. We have moved work locations and are now doing restoration in a place called Sand Mountain. It's towards Eastern Nevada and is very different to the green forests of the past few weeks. We are covering up illegal tracks and roads by planting bushes and grass.

Thank you all for being so concerned about my back. It's much better now and I have 2 physio sessions left next week. Due to this I will be working on a different crew near Reno. I'll be with lots of Mexican students (who are all great fun and lovely) and my friend Rob (from England). Rob has become my personal chauffeur since my injury. This means I wont be camping, I'll get to stay in Reno and have showers every night! Lovely.

Tonight I'm off to watch the college football. Nevada Wolf Pack vs Louisiana. Go Wolf Pack.

Speak soon x x

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