CLC2018, Ride 2: Arrakis, also known as the planet Dune

On the planet Arrakis, among the endless dunes, I scan the horizon carefully before I set my thumper upon the surface of the sand and activate it. Instantly it begins the steady, rhythmic thump certain to attract a huge creature from beneath the sand sea. I tighten my grip on the rope and remind myself how to throw the hook and mount. In the distance I soon detect a hint of movement beneath the surface. Almost before I’m ready, a blast of sand and the cinnamon odor of melange announces its sudden arrival. There, nearly upon me, a sandworm of monstrous proportions!

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6 response to "CLC2018, Ride 2: Arrakis, also known as the planet Dune"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: March 18, 2018

    Riding away on a giant cinnamon sand wurm! Sound like a bicycle, coffee and pastry rolled into one!
    Great desert pics, too.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 18, 2018

    What a spectacular part of the world. Great pictures Bill and thanks for taking us to Dune. Now reminded of the book I will have to find a copy and have a read.

  3. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: March 19, 2018

    Hi Bill,
    My better half was really into the Dune series when we were last in California. She would love the sand box you have to play in.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 27, 2018

    This area near Glamis is on the ACA Southern Tier route and cross-country bicyclists often post dune photos. Although the dunes stretch far off into the roadless distance, they extend alongside the highway for only about six miles. Still very impressive from the road. But what you don’t see in the photos are hundreds of off-road motor vehicles screaming across the dunes at high speed. I suspect all the sandworms are long gone, or at least deaf. 😉

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