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二輪衝火星歷險記

Mars Expedition...sort of

· 遊記-Trip

地球上最像火星的地方 Mars landscape on Earth

最近火星議題很夯,自從Elon Musk (SpaceX/Tesla 執行長)宣布要完成登陸火星的壯舉,大家對這火紅的星球更是大大個感興趣。

Topic of Mars has gained huge popularity ever since Elon Musk (SpaceX/Tesla founder) declared his plan to send human to Mars.

當然,這輩子要飛過去大概不可能了,不過好歹地球上也有類似我們幻想中的火星地形!如果照電影演的,基本上就是火紅的沙漠配上峽谷配上大石頭這樣吧。

Too bad I will never get to travel there in my life time. At least there are similar landscapes on our planet Earth to be found. According to the movies' idea of Mars, the landscape is basically a desert with lots of rocks and canyons.

而影片和照片中的這裡(點下面看影片),其實是加州靠近內華達州沙漠的一塊OHV公園 (OHV - Off Highway Vehicle,也就是越野車,沙灘車,吉普車這類型的),說穿了其實就是一個完全乾枯的湖底,所以才有這奇特的地形。是不是超像電影中的火星啊!

In the pictures and videos, this "Mars" location is actually part of a OHV park for off road vehicles like dirt bikes, ATV and jeeps. This strange and eerie surface is really a completely dried up lakebed that went through a long process of degradation and rock formation. Doesn't it look just like the Mars we imagined?

不過下次來這種地方還是先換越野胎好了,滑胎車根本就是來...滑胎的...而且是前輪滑,騎起來太刺激了。相對,其實這些碎石頭還蠻利的,回家才發現輪胎上面刮了不少條痕跡。還好原本就要換新輪胎了,不然心痛,荷包也痛啊。

I should probably switch to dirt tires if I want to do more dirt riding. The sandy surface was super slick and I kept losing my front. Way too exciting for me. Also, the rocks are so sharp that they made a couple big scratch lines on my tires. Good thing my tires were already worn out and due for a replacement. Or else I would have destroyed a perfectly good tire.

老婆:幹嘛自己亂跑,還找不到人!​

Wife: Where the hell did you go! Went too far!

這地方之大,丟下老婆(誤,她自己要去拍照的)去探索的時候,騎一段就斷訊了,也有可能是她在山丘裡走,收訊有影響。探索雖然好玩,可是晃一晃真的就會迷路,除了地形都類似之外,風大,天氣變化很大,地形顏色一直改變,會有點抓不到方向。還好因為山丘聚集的地方在這沙漠地帶很明顯,至少亂衝也不會跑太遠。

This area is quite big. Immediately after I 'abandoned' my wife (lol, actually she wanted to take pictures on the other side) and went on for some exploring, the bluetooth connection got cut off. It was probably because she was walking in the pinnacles and the hills, which blocked her reception. Exploring was a lot of fun, but you could easily get lost here if it's your first time. The landscape look pretty similar all around, and since the weather pattern changed rapidly that day on the desert, the color of the land also shifts quite quickly. You can quickly lose orientation if you don't pay attention. Good thing the pinnacles (big standing rock formation) are all grouped in the same area, so I knew I wouldn't get too lost or gone too far out of the desert.

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