Part I – MisterSmooth Goes to Jail
Northern California Duc pond
Once again it was late July and thus, MotoGP time in Smoothland. Let’s start this tale where we started last year…at the Teapot Dome service station in Zillah, Washington. For at least a decade this historic gas station has sat in a state of shabby forelorn charm, overlooking Interstate 84 with an eroded asphalt forecourt and pumps advertising gas at $1.79.
Despite its state of disrepair it was unique Americana and I was dismayed to ride by the site in June and see an empty lot where the station had stood for so long. It seemed like another thing that wouldn’t ever come back, deemed unworthy of saving by short-sigh...