• Sprinting Across France

    Big photo dump today (as you can see), internet has been spotty across the small towns that we’ve been rushing in to and out of so I apologize, but if you have a further issue please take it up with the people of France.

    Our last week or so has been running (literally) from hotel to hotel and printing in the middle. Days go something like this: “Wake up” at about 4 or 5, hop in the car and race to an area never less than an hour away. Set up the chalkbot. Print for about 20 min (since arriving we have drastically increased the speed at which we can print) eat a baguette with ham and chevre and have some cafe. Get stuck on the tour route (which gets shut down for several hours before and after the race comes through) and then blast out to our next location which is generally about 3 hours away. Arrive wherever that is and sleep for an hour or two and get moving again. For lunch, either a classic ham sandwich (baguette, butter, ham, cheese - AWESOME) or a three course Duck Salad, Steak, Dessert ordeal that takes no less than 2 hours to eat. Dinners have ranged from an American themed restaurant called “Buffalo Grill” that has a wild west thing going on and puts mustard on everything to last night’s Chef-in-the-room 9 course vineyard meals with seafood, fowl, insane fruit, and a chariot of cheese. I asked the waiter to pick cheese for me, and the runny stinky cheeses did not disappoint. I’m not sure that velveeta will ever scratch that itch again.

    I’ve been working on my French, my newest garbled addition to my vocab is “Je cherce le mot de pass pour l’internet” which roughly translates to “I am looking for the password for the internet” - works only occasionally.

    I heard the best song ever on the radio, but I have no idea who it is by or what the content is. I took a short voice recording of it on my iphone, we will be setting up a complex Shazam rig to attempt to identify it soon. I hope we do.

    Today we are not printing. Yesterday was scrubbed due to rain. We’re headed east to Switzerland over the next few days then South from there to Italy. Then a massive 1000km sprint to Paris. We’re hoping to get more and more time to print everyone’s messages. Its really moving to be on the ground and see them go from screen text to road text. I wish everyone could experience it firsthand.

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    Spent much of the rest of the day eating way too much candy from here.

    Spent much of the rest of the day eating way too much candy from here.

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    At the finish line they use stencils to put art on the road. Feels like cheating :)

    At the finish line they use stencils to put art on the road. Feels like cheating :)

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    A vending machine in Angoulême that will give you a can of assorted olives for one euro.

    A vending machine in Angoulême that will give you a can of assorted olives for one euro.

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    And here we have Constantine maurolis on a French soap opera. I think he was a villian, but he always kind of looks like a scumbag.

    And here we have Constantine maurolis on a French soap opera. I think he was a villian, but he always kind of looks like a scumbag.

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    We were in Lourdes for about 4 hours and we had to get out of town before the tour came through or we would have been stuck there for a day. This one was crazy. Roll into Lourdes at 3am check out at 545am.

Here is a pic of Lillian our top notch French assistant/negotiator/translator giving in to my constant demands to be more goofy.

    We were in Lourdes for about 4 hours and we had to get out of town before the tour came through or we would have been stuck there for a day. This one was crazy. Roll into Lourdes at 3am check out at 545am.

    Here is a pic of Lillian our top notch French assistant/negotiator/translator giving in to my constant demands to be more goofy.

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    Then it was on to Aulus les Bains which yes, looks like this and yes, I want to retire in.

    Then it was on to Aulus les Bains which yes, looks like this and yes, I want to retire in.

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    Ordino was beautiful even if it wasn’t ski season. Small town which is almost entirely vertical. Only got 250 meters here but we did print the town logo which they were all very pleased with!

    Ordino was beautiful even if it wasn’t ski season. Small town which is almost entirely vertical. Only got 250 meters here but we did print the town logo which they were all very pleased with!

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    July 10, 2009
  • ByeCelona

    On our way out. Ordino in a few hours. Leaving the hotel without sleeping. Again. :)

    Always excited to get messages on the ground!

    By the way, for those of you checking this out here, I’m also trying to be more real-timey on twitter.

    http://twitter.com/deeplocal

    Barcelona was nice. A grey day as I mentioned earlier. Haven’t seen a day like that since I left pgh. Headed up into the Pyrenees, may be chilly.

    Have some surprising as well as moving messages in the queue for today. This project is one of the few that I’ve ever been on that got better as time passed. Its really moving to read these. I sit in the truck, so I listen to the nozzles and watch bits bop by my screen while we drive. Once we’re done, I walk back over the entire course and read them all. Its striking. Honestly. I hope the magnitude of whats being printed comes across in what you’ve seen. The physical scale of this is no match for the sheer human scale of it.

    See you in France!

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