Motorcycle trip from Austin to Monterey

Saturday, July 12. Austin, TX to Santa Rosa, NM

Met up at the HEB in Leander, TX. at 5:30. Various delays caused us to delay leaving
for almost an hour.

Had breakfast in Lampasas.

Tommy had made reservations in both Santa Rosa, NM and Santa Fe, NM.
We’re were hoping to make it all the way to Santa Fe which was about 680 miles.
When we finally made Santa Rosa at about 8:00 pm, Jim “had a vision” that we should
stop there. We all felt pretty good about that.

Sunday, July 13. Santa Rosa, NM to Ridgway, CO

Ran into some wet weather, so had to suit-up.

Drove in from Santa Rosa to Tommy’s cabin in Ridgway, CO.
We stopped for dinner at the True Grit restaurant there.

After dinner we headed up the gravel road to the cabin.
It was dark, and the dust was pretty bad
coming off the road from Jim and Tommy’s motorcycles in front of us.
We were both pretty nervous about that, but made it safely to the cabin.

Monday, July 14. Ridgway, CO to Ely, NV

Woke up to a beautiful view and the sound of Jim and Tommy drinking
coffee and talking out on the deck. We had kidded about there not being any
coffee at the cabin, or if there was it would be years old. We don’t know why,
but the guys had made a pot of “years old” coffee, and I think it was the best
I’ve ever had. Maybe it was just the view.

Drove down the mountain from Ridgway to Ely, NV.

Tuesday, July 14. Ely, NV to Carson City, NV

Drove in from Ely, NV to Carson City, NV.

Things got a bit dirty at times. Here’s Tommy cleaning his face mask.

Wednesday, July 16. Carson City, NV to Yosemite National Park

Woke up in Carson City, NV a little before 6 am.
Walked down to get coffee, but they don’t make the coffee until 7.

Today we’ll be driving into Yosemite and spending the night there at
Curry Village.
The trip took us along the side of Lake Tahoe.

We stopped at a cafe next to the lake for lunch.

After leaving Lake Tahoe, we then took a scenic side trip
west over Hwy 4. At points it was slow going, being a narrow
single lane highway with hairpin turns. GPS was a great help
knowing when to slow to 5 mph to make the turns.
This picture was taken beside one of several beautiful little
lakes along the way.

Thursday, July 17. Yosemite to Seaside, CA (Monterey)

Yosemite was beautiful. Driving my bike through the valley was a
bucket list item for me.



We got up and had breakfast, then took the tram over
to the Mirror Lake trail. It was a nice 1 mile hike up to the lake. We were up
before most other folks, so had the trail all to ourselves. The lake was indeed
a mirror, with only an occassional bug causing ripples on it. With the sun barely above
the valley walls, the lighting was perfect for showing off the mirror images
on the water. We took lots of pictures!

The drive into Monterey was uneventful. We had made plans with Tommy
to split up once we got close, since he was staying in a different town.
Our GPS misguided us though as we got to the 101, so we split off from Tommy
about an hour sooner than we needed to. Tommy was ahead of us and went straight
through a 4 way intersection, and our GPS told us to go right. So we waved farewell
to Tommy, made the right turn, and then was told by the GPS that we were “off route”.

As we got closer to the coast the temperature suddenly dropped into the low 60’s.
We had to stop and take off our evaporative cooling vests and put on our outer jacket
liners.

We got checked into the Embassy Suites in Seaside, CA. They put us on the top floor (12)
with a nice view. Diner at Chili’s ended another perfect day.

Seaside, CA Friday July 18.

We’re planning on taking it easy for the next few days, wash some clothes,
maybe a few short trips around the beach towns nearby.

Found some pre-race tickets at the Shell station across the street.
Took the noon bus to the Laguna Seca race track and spent the afternoon there.
Shelley asked me as we were going into the track what the chances of finding
Jim and Tommy were, and I was about to say “about 100-to-1” when I heard somebody
yell “Ron” and turned around and there was Jim. So I guess the odds were somewhat
better than that.

Right after getting there, there was a trick bike exhibition. This guy could ride his
bike up a 3 foot wall, stand still for minutes, and walk it over a row of barrels while
doing a wheelie the entire way

That day they were doing practice runs, and had a kids (?) race.

Saturday, July 19

We’ve bought tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, along with the behind-the-scenes
tour at 1:00.

When we came out of the aquarium, we discovered that there was some sort of
bike show scheduled following that day’s events at the track. The street was closed to
cars, and by rough estimate over 500 bikes parked along the street on both sides as far
as one could see.

Did I mention that no cars were allowed?

We heard from Tommy, and his Mom isn’t doing well, so they are going to split
off and head straight home after the races.

Sunday, July 20

My sister Vickie drove down to join us today. We did the 17 mile
Monterey loop (by car). Shelley has been here before, and wanted to show me Pebble Beach and
some of the other sights around here. The weather was perfect, and we stopped and had
lunch in Carmel.

Monday, July 21

Vickie spent the night with us at the hotel, then said good-bye in the morning.
We headed south down Highway 1 (another bucket list item). Wow.

We stopped and did the beginner tour of Hearst Castle. This was worth
taking the couple hours to do. I hadn’t realized that the castle was up so high
overlooking the coastline.

We then finished our run south arriving at Mom’s after stopping at Tommy’s
to pick up a couple burgers.

Tuesday, July 22

We headed out somewhat early, intending to make it to Williams, AZ.
At one point our GPS routed us onto another scary road, reminiscent of our misadventures
in Utah on our sabbatical. The sign on the road said “Warning, this road not maintained.”
What that means is that there were sections where most of the road had caved in. Provided
we maintained a slow enough speed to see these huge holes in the road, it wasn’t any problem.

Anyways, we made it to Williams, AZ about 6 and ready to call it quits for the day.
We’ll have a couple more long days back (about 1100 miles to go), but we may opt to take
3 days. We’re just playing it by ear.

Wednesday, July 23

We got up early (5:30) and headed out. Our plan was to try to beat the heat by doing
most of the driving in the morning. This worked out pretty well. We got into Albuquerque
at lunch time just as it was starting to get hot.

We stopped at a motorcycle shop looking
for a replacement mug for Shelley, since she had lost the top going down that “no maintenance”
road yesterday. They could only sell us the whole thing, bracket and all, so we passed on that.
We’ll need to order online when we get home. We also had them check out her helmet mic which
had been cutting in and out. We tried swapping both cables to the helmet, and in the process
realized that the old cables worked just as well as the new ones, so ended up not buying anything.

We asked for a recommendation for lunch (not a chain, preferably something local) and
they recommended Christy Mae’s. We had the Albuquerque Turkey sandwiches which were fabulous, although we should have split one. We’ll definitely stop by there again.

We then located a local movie theatre and sat out the hottest part of the day taking in
“Meet Dave”. That was really a great idea, and by the time the movie was over it had cooled
down. We didn’t need the evaporative vests all day.

We then drove until dark, which put us in Clovis.

Thursday, July 24

We’re planning on getting up early again, and heading on in. We’ll stop if the going gets
too tough or rainy. Otherwise we expect to be home by mid-late afternoon.

We managed to get onto the road by about 6:30, and made it to Abilene for lunch,
and were home about 4:00. It finally started raining as we passed through Lampasas.
We had been expecting rain because of the big storm coming in off the gulf, but I guess
we almost beat it home.

Motorcycle trip from Austin, TX to Monterrey, CA.

Saturday, July 12. Austin, TX to Santa Rosa, NM

Met up at the HEB in Leander, TX. at 5:30. Various delays caused us to delay leaving
for almost an hour.

Had breakfast in ?

Tommy had made reservations in both Santa Rosa, NM and Santa Fe, NM.
We’re were hoping to make it all the way to Santa Fe which was about 680 miles.
When we finally made Santa Rosa at about 8:00 pm, Jim “had a vision” that we should
stop there. We all felt pretty good about that.

Sunday, July 13. Santa Rosa, NM to Ridgway, CO

Drove in from Santa Rosa to Tommy’s cabin in Ridgway, CO.
We stopped for dinner at the True Grit restaurant there, then headed
up the gravel road to the cabin. It was dark, and the dust was pretty bad
coming off the road from Jim and Tommy’s motorcycles in front of us.
We were both pretty nervous about that, but made it safely to the cabin.

Monday, July 14. Ridgway, CO to Ely, NV

Woke up to a beautiful view and the sound of Jim and Tommy drinking
coffee and talking out on the deck. We had kidded about there not being any
coffee at the cabin, or if there was it would be years old. We don’t know why,
but the guys had made a pot of “years old” coffee, and I think it was the best
I’ve ever had. Maybe it was just the view.

Drove down the mountain from Ridgway to Ely, NV.

Tuesday, July 14. Ely, NV to Carson City, NV

Drove in from Ely, NV to Carson City, NV.

Wednesday, July 16. Carson City, NV to Yosemite National Park

Woke up in Carson City, NV a little before 6 am.
Walked down to get coffee, but they don’t make the coffee until 7.

Today we’ll be driving into Yosemite and spending the night there at
Curry Village.

Thursday, July 17. Yosemite to Seaside, CA (Monterey)

Yosemite was beautiful. We got up and had breakfast, then took the tram over
to the Mirror Lake trail. It was a nice 1 mile hike up to the lake. We were up
before most other folks, so had the trail all to ourselves. The lake was indeed
a mirror, with only an occassional bug causing ripples on it. With the sun barely above
the valley walls, the lighting was perfect for showing off the mirror images
on the water. We took lots of pictures!

The drive into Monterey was uneventful. We had made plans with Tommy
to split up once we got close, since he was staying in a different town.
Our GPS misguided us though as we got to the 101, so we split off from Tommy
about an hour sooner than we needed to. Tommy was ahead of us and went straight
through a 4 way intersection, and our GPS told us to go right. So we waved farewell
to Tommy, made the right turn, and then was told by the GPS that we were “off route”.

As we got closer to the coast the temperature suddenly dropped into the low 60’s.
We had to stop and take off our evaporative cooling vests and put on our outer jacket
liners.

We got checked into the Embassy Suites in Seaside, CA. They put us on the top floor (12)
with a nice view. Diner at Chili’s ended another perfect day.

Seaside, CA

We’re planning on taking it easy for the next few days, wash some clothes,
maybe a few short trips around the beach towns nearby.

Updated ChordsAndLyrics Plugin

I’ve been using the plugin now for a couple months on our church band website with pretty good success. I’m working now on posting it publicly.

I’ve created a folder for it at http://lisles.net/ChordsAndLyrics.

I’ve also created a new category for specifically discussing it on this blog, and will use that category in links back to this blog regarding it.

The latest version 1.2 contains a Site Admin panel in Settings that can be used to select whether to display both Chords and Lyrics or Lyrics only. It also resolves the problem of lyrics wrapping around under a single Chord symbol when the lyrics length is long.

Should’ve Gone to Nineveh

1st piano take

Intro

(Play just a couple bars from Gilligan’s Island to hint at it, but not give it away?)
G F G F or Eb F G Eb F G
(then) G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E D/F# G G/F C/E Ab/Eb C7 C7/C# D

Verse 1

G 
God spoke to  
G/F 
Jonah and He  
C/E 
asked him to  
D/F# 
go
G 
off to  
G/F 
Nine
C/E 
veh for  
D/F# 
Him.
G 
We’re not really  
G/F 
sure what made  
C/E 
Jonah 
 
re
Eb 
fuse
 
and  
C7 
sail off on a  
C7/Db 
long, sea  
D 
cruise.
G 
Sunning on the  
G/F 
lido deck,  
C/E 
munching 
 
buf
D/F# 
fet,
G 
He was fleeing  
G/F# 
God, thought he’d  
C/E 
gotten 
 
a
D/F# 
way.
 
But  
G 
God rocked the
G/F# 
boat, made the  
C/E 
seas get  
Eb 
rough
 
and said  
C7 
Jonah 
 
“E
G7/Db 
nough is e
D 
nough!”.

Chorus 1

 
The  
C 
sea he was  
C/E 
on 
 
be
C/F 
came a  
G 
raging 
 
 
G/B 
storm 
 
 
G/D 
C 
He’d heard God  
C/E 
calling 
 
 
C/F 
but he  
G 
didn’t 
 
con
G/B 
form. 
 
(Oh-
G/D 
no)
C 
We don’t know  
C/E 
why he  
C/F 
went the  
G 
other 
 
 
G/B 
way, but  
G/D 
I’ll
C7 
bet if you could  
C7/Db 
ask him he’d  
D 
say
 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
Jonah, 
 
 
C/Db 
what were you  
D 
thinking?

(pause here, finger to cheek, head tilted, “Hmm”)

(If the song is running too long, this verse can be dropped)

Verse 2

 
Well the  
G 
crew wished to  
G/F 
live so Jonah  
C/E 
walked the  
D/F# 
plank
 
and  
G 
left him to  
G/F 
drown in that  
C/E 
big fish  
D/F# 
tank
 
but  
G 
God sent a  
G/F 
fish to gulp him  
C/E 
into his  
D/F# 
belly
C7 
How gross is  
C7/Db 
that? And  
D 
smelly?

Chorus 2

 
He was  
C 
caught at  
C/E 
sea in  
C/F 
 
 
G 
wild 
 
ty
G/B 
phoon 
 
 
G/D 
C 
God had  
C/E 
spoken but  
C/F 
he said  
G 
”No” that  
G/B 
after
G/D 
noon.
C 
I don’t know  
C/E 
why he  
C/F 
acted 
 
 
G 
like a buf
G/B 
foon but  
G/D 
I’ll
C 
bet he’s singing  
C7/Db 
a brand new  
D 
tune:

(pause here: spoken “And it goes like this”)

 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
Jonah, 
 
 
C/Db 
had you been  
D 
drinking?

(pause, someone tilt the imaginary bottle up to their lips?)

Verse 3

 
When  
G 
God talks to  
G/F 
us do we  
C/E 
always 
 
 
D/F# 
hear? 
 
Or
G 
are we too  
G/F 
busy to  
C/E 
lend Him our  
D/F# 
ear? Will we
G 
end up like  
G/F 
Jonah on a  
C/E 
boat that’s  
D/F# 
leaking,
C7 
wishing we had  
C7/Db 
heard God’s  
D 
speaking?

Chorus 3

 
When the  
C 
seas of  
C/E 
life 
 
be
C/F 
come a  
G 
raging 
 
 
G/B 
tempest 
 
 
G/D 
 
We ig
C 
nore Gods  
C/E 
nudging
C/F 
 
 
G 
other things  
G/B 
tempt us.  
G/D 
C 
We just want  
C/E 
to be  
C/F 
left 
 
a
G 
lone to have  
G/B 
fun, but  
G/D 
we
C 
might just wish be
C7/Db 
fore things are  
D 
done

(pause here: spoken “How’s it go?”)

 
“Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh”. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh. 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
D/F# 
 
Should’ve gone to  
G 
Nineveh 
 
 
G/F 
 
C/E 
 
Eb 
C 
God, can you send  
C/Db 
me a fish,  
D 
too?
 
Next time I’ll go to  
G 
Nineveh.

(C)Copyright 2008-2010, Ron Lisle. All rights reserved.

Conversing With Goats

Verse 1

Beyond the fence that runs across my back yard

lies a pasture full of llamas and goats.
Sometimes I’ll lean on the fence after work just
relaxing, watching them chewing on oats.

Well one of those goats looks up and asks me

“Have you noticed the high price of gas?”

Looking for the Similar Tune for "I Saw You at the Funeral"

The tune/chords from I Saw You at the Funeral” has been haunting me, and worrying me that I might have taken some existing TV theme, so I searched on iTunes for TV Themes, and I think it is the theme from Hill Street Blues that I’m remembering. Luckily it is quite different, although has a very similar feel. So I’m going to stop worrying now.

I think I’m close to finishing the basic chords and melody, and just need to finalize the lyrics now.

Conversing with Goats

Last Sunday we had a visiting pastor at our church, Brad Brittain. He gave a wonderful sermon and used an illustration about a conversation with a couple goats and a fox that sounded like a great idea for a song. I asked him where he got the idea for the story, and he told me that it “just came to him”. So I asked if he’d mind if I made it into a song, and he likes the idea. So now I’m waiting on the Lord to give me the song 😉

Across 2000 Years

This song woke me at about 3:00 am. It was like someone or something was calling me. I think it was God, but maybe I’m just crazy :-).

This song is like 3 songs put together. The opening intro is very soft and somewhat sad. Then the energy builds with what I’m calling a bridge. A strange thing is that I want to use an Eb in the melody, but I want the chord to be C major and not C minor. I wonder what this is called?

Then it shifts again into a very different rhythm and jazz feel in what I’m calling the Verse. This is fairly busy, compared to the previous 2 being somewhat sparse.

Somewhere later on, I’m not sure if this is an instrumental or what, all 3 become somewhat combined. The left hand plays the part from the chorus combined with the different rhythm right hand and chords from the verse. I’m amazed that it works.

Finally the closing goes back to the intro, very soft and gentle, ending on C major.

This is just a recording that I made to try to remember the ideas.
Across 2000 Years (initial ideas)

Across 2000 Years

Copyright 2008 by Ron Lisle

Written by Ron Lisle 

Intro

Ab 
It was a gentle sound  
Gm 
calling out my name.
Ab 
Like a gentle breeze  
Gm 
playing across my lawn.
Ab 
I could almost hear it.  
Gm 
There, but then gone.
Ab 
Lost in the steady din of a  
Gm 
life to busy to stop.

Chorus

C 
Can you hear it? It’s calling.
C 
Can you hear him? He’s  
Eb 
calling 
 
 
Bb/D 
out your  
C 
name.
C 
Yes He’s calling you. A
Eb/C 
cross two  
Bb/C 
thousand 
 
 
Fmaj7 
years. (straight into verse…)

Verse 1

Fmaj7 
Can you hear that voice that …  
Gm7 

I Saw You at the Funeral

This song reminds me of Todd Rundgren. I hope I haven’t stolen any of his tunes or words.

This is another song that I woke up in the middle of the night hearing in my head. It was following a funeral that I attended. While at the funeral I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time. There had been rift in the church awhile back, and a bunch of dear friends left in what can only be described as a most bizarre set of circumstances. It was so good to see this friend, but it felt like the chasm was just too scary to approach. So I guess we both acted like nothing had happened.

This is a very rough, piano-only 1st take.
I Saw You at the Funeral

Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.

 
I saw you at the  
G/C 
Funer
C 
al.
 
We smiled and  
G/A 
said 
 
hel
C/A 
lo.
 
Pretending things were  
G/F 
still the  
C/F 
same.
 
We were still  
G/C 
friends
G 
.

F 
I can  
G 
see that you were  
C/A 
hurt 
 
 
G/A 
by 
 
 
C/A 
me.
F 
That was  
G 
never my  
C/A 
intent.
F 
Maybe 
 
 
G 
some things just  
C/A 
can’t 
 
 
G/A 
be 
 
 
C/A 
fixed.
F 
I wish  
G 
when (immediately back to…) 
 
I saw you at the  
G/C 
Funer
C 
al.
 
We smiled and  
G/C 
said 
 
hel
C 
lo.
 
That things were  
G/C 
still the  
C 
same.
 
We were still  
G/C 
friends
G 
.

Water

This is a rough, piano-only 1st take.
Water

The beginning is pretty much 2 bars from the beginning of the Beach Boys song “California”: “Water, water.”

[Then we shift gears into more modern jazzy chords. This is where 
we’ll redo the lyrics each week to fit the sermon, etc]

Water

Written by Ron Lisle

(except the 2 bars from “California”)
Copyright (c) 2008 by Ron Lisle.

C 
”Jesus walked on it,  
Abmaj7 
Moses parted it.  
C 
Water, 
 
water.
Abmaj7 
Noah had quite enough of it, some might say too much 🙂  
C 
Water, 
 
water.
F6 
… 
 
 
G6 
… 
 
 
Am 
F6 
… 
 
 
G6 
… 
 
 
C