Issue 2: Midwest Part 1
We thought the snow wasn't going to make it to rail country this winter, but it finally came in full force at the end of January. Crews cycled in and out of various Midwest locales for a few weeks, starting off with Brendan Hayes, Nick Dirks, and Pat Lynch. Here are some highlights from Round 1 of Autumn Line's Midwest rail missions:
Nick Dirks was supposed to land on Thursday morning, but when his flight was cancelled he ended up spending the night in a Chicago hotel with nothing to do. He finally arrived Friday afternoon, and we headed straight to a spot close to the airport. It was probably one of the coldest days of the trip, but those guys made it happen. I was still confused though how Nick survived in 40 m.p.h. winds with the deepest V-neck T-shirt I'd ever seen and his jacket unzipped.
Pat Lynch continued to joke how wearing shades while riding rails is the new rage, and he rocked them all week ... even though the sun only came out occasionally. We had a great streak of getting shots for a few days, but as with all rail trips, there are always one or two days where nothing works. After checking some spots and grabbing some burritos, we spotted from the highway a street coming down a big hill. Little did we know it was a sketchy ghetto, but we had some fun on a little ledge anyway.
We've probably filmed about 100 different rails with Brendan Hayes over the years and he never ceases to amaze me with his food choices on the road. Between the frozen burritos, numerous Arby's trips, and a bottle of Cheez Whiz it's a good thing Brendan is one of the hardest working snowboarders around, otherwise he would probably weigh about 300 pounds.
Round one of rails went well, all the way until I took Nick to the airport at 4:45 a.m. He called me about ten minutes after dropping him off to tell me his flight had been changed to a day later for whatever reason. After a really early breakfast at IHOP we squeezed in one more day of unexpected filming. Great trip.
Part 2 of our Midwest mission will be up soon so check back to twsnow.com and autumnline.com for more videos. If you missed Issue 1, check the TWSNOW video section, or autumnline.com.—Autumn Line
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