- Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.
Monday, October 05, 2009
INTEGRATRON RIDE Saturday 10/04 (long report)
Our destination for this Saturday ride is the "Integratron" in Landers out beyond Yucca Valley. The Integratron is an all wood building that was built for some electrical experiments years ago. It never achieved any results but as an all wooden building has some unusual sound characteristics. The 2 level building is all hollow upstairs with a round parabolic shaped ceiling anchored at the top by a cement ring with a hole in it. If you stand directly under the hole in the center of the room and say something the sound reverberates through your head and body and sounds like speaking to a large outdoor or indoor audience with lots of echos and large speakers. Very strange no doubt. If you whisper from one side of the room, people on the opposite side can hear you clearly, which is why I got strange looks when I said my watch was running backwards from the electrical effects.
There was a presentation that covered some of the history of the builder and the building. When they got to the part about aliens I sort of lost interest. Everyone was invited to take a blanket and lay out on the floor for meditation and a sound massage session with sounds provided by vibrations from crystal bowls and goblets. Remember how you can run your finger around the rim of a crystal goblet and get a nice humming sound? Well here in the Integratron it really is magnified and enhanced creating a peaceful and relaxing interlude while laying on the blankets. I however sat in a plastic chair. Several fell asleep based on snoring sounds.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO FOR A SAMPLE OF THE SOUNDS AND THE MEDITATION.
This is one of the real benefits of riding with STAR chapter 230 as I would have never visited this attraction if it were not for the group and Dan our president planning this ride. This is what makes riding a motorcycle with some great friends and living through a real adventure on the road worth the ride. I'm glad I went. Great trip even though after taking a fair amount of time here and then heading back to Pioneer Town Restaurant near Yucca for a LONG lunch we wound up getting ready to leave at 3 pm. The route originally was to head on to Big Bear via the back (Hwy 18) way, but time was getting short. All three groups headed back the way we came, but this time we hit some wind. I seriously dislike wind. If you ever would catch me making an attempt at some sort of "prayer" it would be riding in a 40-50 mph wind coming from the side. This was not that bad luckily and on we went back to Orange with no real problems or incidents.
RIDE STARTS WITH MORNING MEETING...
We arrive in Landers and the Integratron...
The parking lot is very sandy so we all park out here off the street.
View from upper level windows, mostly desert.
Is this a Mafia war? "Now we go to the mattresses".
A little video of the sound session.
Arrive for Lunch at Pioneer Town-it takes a while!
Big thanks to Keith and his wife as Road Captain along with Joe on his Victory Vision as Tail Gunner for Group 2. If I mention "Victory Vision" enough times, will they give me one for the free advertising?
I missed some names, if you can help fill in missing names let me know.