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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Yuma Road

 

Yuma Road is a dirt road I can take into town on the motorbike.  It is much safer than me out there riding on the highway.  But with that it is kind of rocky and soft in places.  I have to pay attention.  So you can imagine my surprise finding that the county had come by and graded the road this morning.


In all the years I have been coming here I have never seen this road graded smooth.  Believe me, this was sheer pleasure to ride on.  I won’t mind as much riding the five miles into town for supplies now.


When I saw this my first thought was the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the Sergio Leone spaghetti western with Clint Eastwood (Blondie), Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef.
  It is in my top five favorite movies.



5 comments:

  1. How wonderful. Being that you're probably the only person using that road, you truly are special!

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    1. It is pretty well used by folks in their off road vehicles, ATV’s and the like. Also campers going from one location to another to camp or just to dump trash. That it why it is usually in rough shape.

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  2. I can see Eli Wallach standing on that rickety grave marker with the noose around his neck, yelling "Blondie!" as Clint Eastwood rides off into the desert. Love it.

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    1. I recently learned that the skeleton in the coffin that Tuco opened was real. Sergio was looking for something for the coffin. A member of the production crew recalled a deceased Spanish actress had willed that she be in a movie long after her death. Her burial coffin was exhumed and her wish was granted. I’m not clear if Eli was aware a real skeleton would be in there but he sure had the expression of being totally shocked didn’t he?

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  3. Wow, that was a great surprise, no jarring every body part for the 5 miles there and back!

    Now I need to watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    That's a great story about the skeleton!

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