Natural Acts

Natural Acts

I’m writing just to give you a little heads up that we will be taking a short break from publishing while I drive up to Oregon with my boys to view the eclipse. As a young boy I was fascinated with astronomy and the astronauts and at an age younger than Mini-Shred is now I vowed that one day I would travel to see a total eclipse of the sun. That day is finally here and I have the good fortune to be able to take my young sons for what is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Builder Mark DiNucci has offered to let us hang with him and some friends at a spot in the woods an hour or so north of Bend, Ore. I’ve got a big tent, hot dogs and a five-gallon bucket. Oh, and growler of Pliny the Elder. I think we’re covered.

I’ve been going non-stop for far too long, working on side projects (be sure to pick up Issue 200 of Dirt Rag for my interview with Gary Fisher—on newsstands now) even as I maintain my usual pace here at RKP and I’m due for a break. It’s also true that if I have to post from the outback while watching after my boys I’ll lose my mind.

Depending on traffic (!), things should be back to normal on Wednesday.



  1. wiliam breed

    cue up an old song that is perfect for the eclipse Carly Simon “you’re so vain” also the obvious dark side of the moon Pink Floyd

    1. Author

      Best Carly Simon reference since the Nixon administration. If only we’d been in Nova Scotia … with the wife of a close friend.

  2. Brad

    Like all things Central Oregon/Bend nothing is ever as good or bad as you read, but….

    Give yourself plenty of time for the drive – it’s been extra crazy here this week. If going up Highway 20 through Sisters it’s a rough go ATM with fires/smoke/evacuations. Recommend keeping gas topped off before you get low – some gas stations in Bend/Redmond/Sisters have been going dry periodically this week due to demand and resupply problems.

    Welcome to Central Oregon, but for the love of God, please don’t start anymore fires :/

  3. TomInAlbany

    I can understand why you’d take some Pliny. However, Bend? Damn, there’s some fine beer there!

    Enjoy, Padraig. I wish I’d planned better to do something fun with the family. Nice job!

    1. william

      for todays music try dubstar all stars. dark side of the moon. and try some Colorado magic butter coffee. jah right on mon. ride and ride to catch up with the sun but its sinking. Pink Floyd mon!

    2. Author

      Funny you should mention that; we were listening to Dub Side of the Moon during the eclipse. Perfect.

    3. bill breed

      watched full totality from Jackson Wyoming on my go to trail “sink or swim” which is also a kick ass Keith Richards song!!!! hey man I enjoy your writing and have decided to actually send some money (subscribe) to rkp. you and charles rock hard!!!!!

    4. Author

      I opted for Jake Brake instead of Pliny so we could have more of it at a sitting.

      And for those in and around Bend, 10 Barrel has fallen out of favor, though they aren’t the only game in town.

  4. Weylandsmith

    Hope you had a good view of the eclipse and that the wildfire smoke wasn’t too thick in the Madras area. Conditions around Salem,OR were perfect for viewing the eclipse today

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