Sunday, June 13, 2010

ROT Rally...and some other things...

This past weekend was the ROT (Republic of Texas) Rally. It's actually held at the Travis County Exposition Center. I don't even know where that is, so I went on-line and found out it cost $65 to get in. Well, that wasn't going to happen, so I just went downtown to see if there was any activity on 6th Street. Sixth Street is an area near the capital where there are a bunch of bars and restaurants and it is THE place to go in Austin. Congress Avenue is another hot spot where all the yuppies go.

I suppose there was probably a lot more activity at the Exposition Center, but I wasn't too impressed by what I saw downtown. It's supposed to be the biggest rally in Texas with a draw of about 50,000 participants. It's held from Thursday through Sunday, but I think most of the activity happens on Thursday and Friday because Saturday downtown wasn't nearly as crowded as I thought it would be.

When you've experienced the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, every other rally pretty much pales in comparison. Sturgis is expecting about 700,000 people in August, so 50,000 doesn't seem like much to me. So they say everything is bigger in Texas, but that doesn't apply to their motorcycle rallies.

The thing about the Sturgis Rally is that it's held in a very small city in the Black Hills, so when a half a million people come there, it's a very big deal. Besides not charging any kind of entrance fees, one of the best things about it is that bikers are able to ride through the beautiful Black Hills as opposed to riding around in Austin where the traffic is horrendous even when there's NOT a rally going on. But I took some pictures anyway since I was there. This is the old part of downtown so the buildings are very historical and eclectic...with lots of tattoo parlors. People can get really crazy on 6th Street at night...you see all sorts of things. But it was pretty tame today, even with all the bikers.




That's the Coyote Ugly bar on the left...




Like the combination of old architecture against the new here...

I like all the details in this building.

I didn't see any unusual characters which made it kind of boring...especially for a rally...

And then there are the bikes. Again, I didn't see anything that really stuck out...




Dallas Cowboys bike...

This was a strange looking thing. I'm not a fan of crotch rockets.

I happened to be walking by this little scene so they posed for me. The sign on the creepy black guy says, "Keep Austin Weird." That's their slogan here and you see a lot of bumper stickers that say that. Pretty dress, huh?

So much for the ROT Rally. I'm sure I could have gotten some much better photos if I had spent the $65.

So, anyway, my motorcycle safety course is two weeks from this weekend, and I am really excited about that! Jared's taking it with me. The teacher came into my office last week and asked me whether I wanted to ride a motorcycle where I'd have to shift gears, or a scooter. Duh...silly question. I was reading the requirements for the course and one of them was that you had to have a pair of leather gloves. I don't have any leather gloves (because you don't need them in south Texas), so Paul sent me these. Yay! Thank you, Pablo!

He also sent me this vest thingy. Cute, huh??

On another note, I bought a jalapeno pepper plant about a month ago when I was getting all the flowers for my garden and I checked it the other day. Look at these bad boys!

Perfect! And these turned into...

Some homemade pico de gallo on top of a chicken breast. I use the frozen herb/garlic chicken breasts I found at Target one day...they are great! Lots of flavor.

And I thought the new bloom on my rose bush was worth a shot. I haven't even planted this thing yet...it's still in the bucket I bought it in. Maybe I'll get to that today.

That's it...the end.

5 comments:

Life's a Beach! said...

There wasn't a lot of street action considering it's a biker rally! I saw stranger street characters in Cottonwood, AZ! Great photos! I like the leopard skin bike!

Life's a Beach! said...

Forgot to tell you I love your new doorway? Is that Puerto Morelos or Isla?

Jamqueen said...

Great photos! One of my friends is up at Bike week in Lake George NY this weekend--probably won't take any photos though! The rose is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

deb, the white bike with flames, with the red helmet by the front tire. Solo seat. Has your name all over it!! Sittin' way down low:-))
A Biker Baba w/blog! Good luck with your lessons.....
carl/debbie

Isla Deb said...

Thanks, Beck & Ann! Beck, the new doorway is from Isla...it's a house right in the middle of el centro. There's usually an elderly gentleman sitting on that concrete stoop. It's been painted several different colors in the past five years. I'm sure you've passed by it many times!

Carl/Debbie - Haha...I don't know if that would be my bike of choice...a little too "showy" for my taste, but it might be fun!