Slab City is basically acres of concrete slabs left from an abandoned military base. The "Slabbers" live completely off the grid here with no electricity, water, or plumbing. Slab City has a church, library, and community center, even its own Avon Lady. The performance area is replete with stages and seating and hosts concerts and events yearly. It's estimated that more than 1,000 people and RVs stay at Slab City each winter. The state of California is currently in the process of shutting down Slab City. Over the years, people have desecrated the desert, and left their trash and waste behind. A growing portion of Slab City is now littered with abandoned trailers, old clothing, rusty vehicles, and trash of all kinds. Still, folks have a special affinity for this god-forsaken place and there are countless stories, books, and movies about Salton Sea and Slab City. (See Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea and Into the Wild).
Finally, time to set up camp, tents, fire pit, and crack a few brews. The Slab City Riot sponsored by Biltwell hosted more than 150 riders on bikes of all types that braved the desert night. Bands played and the party raged till dawn, and the beer? Unbelievably, there were still four beers left, a complete success! It's what baggers do, carry important stuff and in this case, cases of beer.
You know the old saying that you can't judge a book by its cover; well you also can't judge a bagger by its bag, or ride by its rider. I don't care whether you're on a Kawasaki Vulcan, Triumph Bonneville, or some fancy ass Easter egg, its probably a real good idea to be cool to your bagger'n brethren, ya never know what's in their saddlebag. Ride safe.
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