Something mysterious is going on inside the size XL Shoei of our loquacious leader Sean Alexander. No, I mean something on the outside of his skull. At first his carrot-top mop was taking on a Devil’s Tower Close Encounters look. Later it appeared to be a man-bun in the making, possibly an homage to the new Euro-style Nick Hayden. By day five, however, having drawn upon the life force squeezed out of three Japanese liter-bikes (and two Italians and a Brit), Sean’s locks had gone full rogue chonmage, and it was samurai squeegee time. Hai! That Shoei has a helluva ventilation system apparently, its own internal cooling tower. Well, you know what they say: Cool heads prevail. Here’s hoping for another excellent ride next year.

  • Old MOron

    I know you’re mostly playing around, but this is good stuff. I can’t wait to work “agapanthus” a “hummock” into my repertoire.

    The person who made you the “Big Gun” at Restaurant 1833 has a nice manicure. I hope she makes her way into the shootout report next week.

    One for good ol’ Duke is recovering for a while: Carpe throttlem!

  • Old MOron

    PS: if you’ll forgive my attempt at “name dropping”, this is overlooking the golf course at Pine Mtn Club, right? I don’t care what they call that road now. It’s still Cerro Noroeste to me.

    • john burns

      yup. Frazier Park.

  • Old MOron

    PPS: sorry, I can’t seem to shut up:
    “Too bad none of the female staff wants to bond with us also. Maybe next year.”
    What ever happened to Sister Mary Kim, anyway?

    • …Married with children. Living in the desert about 10 hours from here.

      • john burns

        you didn’t run a very tight convent.

      • Old MOron

        Hmm, obviously felt she needed plenty of distance between herself and MO 🙂

  • Starmag

    Both the BRP and PCH challenge you to decide whether to race or take in the scenery because they are spectacular for both.

    I’m sure you guys managed to Duke it out without Kevin, but somehow I don’t think it will be as hip as usual..

    I was going to ask who’s hair-brained idea this was until I saw those final pics.

  • 12er

    So you did make it up to fox hill…

    • john burns

      Blackbear Diner, si. Fox Hill no.

      • 12er

        #4 Being there, pic of Fox Hill this year. Photog must have wandered up from turn 6…

  • JMDonald

    Most of the ten would add to any trip. They make life worth living no? We live in the best of times gentlemen. The road to Laguna Seca is a road worth riding.

    • Jon Jones