Two Riders and Reclining Figure

Oct 03, 2013 View Comments by

Two Riders and Reclining FigureThis morning I have awoken in a slightly better mood. I am still disappointed about my hat. I lost it outside, not in my room, but I am still reminded of my own advice regarding room prep to avoid losing things. After a long day of riding, I tend to approach motel room entry with a hastily opened door and an explosion of quickly extracted gear. My mind is usually on a shower, food, and a post ride celebratory beverage. But one thing I try to do before the explosion is invert the art-school style bedding.

You know the type of bedding I am talking about? Created by young disciples of the abstract painting movement who sell their souls into corporate design work and eventually create designs that resembles a war zone of pattern and color. Many “budget lodging” locations employ “creative bedding” to distract you from any stains, on the floor, walls, or the bedding itself. While it is mildly comforting and increases the faux-swank factor, it also creates a Bermuda triangle like situation for your gear when you place it on top.

Items seemingly placed in plain site simply vanish once they hit one of these labyrinth-like bed toppers. Turning the comforter over often reveals a non-patterned side and it is a great way to keep all of your gear visible. (Note: it may also reveal other things, so if you are squeamish you may want to ignore this advice.)

This flipping idea came to me after being inspired by the abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky. He and others were known to paint on two sides of fiberboard and split them in half because fiberboard was an inexpensive alternative for starving artists. One such painting he created is called “Two Riders and Reclining Figure.” It has always reminded me of a good night’s rest after a hard ride—at least in its name—honestly I can’t say the imagery does the same for me. Its fiberboard b-side, “Study for Improvisation V,” reminds me of riding—the simple joy of improvising routes along the way. While this type of wandering can be great on the trail—it is the last thing you want to do when you are packing up the next day to continue your ride. This knowledge inspired me to flip over my first motel comforter to see what was on the other side. However, unlike, the Kandinsky painting, most motel comforters do not have anything on the back. This makes flipping them over a great way to see your gear on top of the patternless backside.

To some this topic may sound about as exciting as picking out riding socks (but wait until you see my upcoming blog on riding socks . . . a real cliff hanger!) but for anyone who has ever been left wondering, “Now where did I leave that . . . ?” you know how important it is to have a system when packing and unpacking your gear.

To be continued . . .

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I am an introvert posing as an extrovert. I love travel in all forms, but prefer 2-wheels. I created AdventureHermit as a way to share my adventures and inspire others to find joy through discovery; writing for RoadRUNNER is a dream come true!