Issue 3: Midwest Part 2
Pat Lynch and Nick Dirks killed it on the first round, but had taken enough falls down steps for one trip and they headed home. Brendan Hayes stuck around for a couple days of the next leg of the trip (although ducking out for a while to film for Rome's Any Means movie), and was joined by Jonas Michilot, Jake Devine, and Robbie Sell.
It stayed cold, really cold for the first half of the trip. None of us thought any shots would come of the first day filming thanks to the wind and the bitter cold. Although we were all stoked for Brendan that he got the shot that day, by the time we left none of us could feel our fingers or toes anymore.
It continued to snow for the next few days while we tried to keep filming. Robbie spotted a pavilion at a park with a big hill coming into it so we decided to check it out. His run-in was about the length of an entire run at a Midwest resort, but the wind and snow were blowing so hard he could barely make it up on top. He gave it a try for about an hour while Jonas and I drank Jarritos and slid down a handmade 30-foot long icey slip-n-slide on our feet. Fun times.
Jake is interesting on rail trips. He is very deliberate and calculated on what he wants to hit and he doesn't give up until he gets it. A few nights we were out late into the morning, waiting until Jake decided it was the right time to hit something. He got some bangers for sure, including the sketchiest, weirdest wallhug about twelve feet off the ground. We celebrated with some road sodas around 4:30 a.m., which I think violated the no booze before noon rule. The last day Jake was around he got the craziest banger I've seen in a long time about and hour and a half before his flight took off. You will have to watch the final movie for that one, but believe me it was wild.
Jonas was killing it all week, and scored some super sick photos by Mr. Sell. We set up this drop-off close-out rail that Jonas wanted to launch over, and got booted right away. He had about 8 feet of run-in and we were practically holding his hand while he ollied, but he did the best anyone could of with an angry old man yelling at him while he hit it.
We all caught our flights home and were definitely happy to be done with rails for the year. Rail trips are fun, but they're great when they're over. Time to chase the jumping snow.
On Location Issue #4 will be up shortly, followed by #5 and the official movie teaser. If you missed the other issues of On Location check the twsnow.com video section or autumnline.com.
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