Roads traveled, fuels burned, wheels turned

by admin on January 14, 2017


With friends, many roads traveled, many fuels burned, many wheels turned. All this with boat, paddle and fishing gear in tow – This video is not a totally polished edit but it felt like a Rapid Transit Video to me so I decided to resurrect the opening credits with the RT snail (for those who know what I mean). The music here is special too, by a group called Greenland Is Melting, a song called “already gone.” This band played their last show in ’15, but you gotta check them out at their website or @greenlandismelting on FB. Amazing stuff and a helluva group to have seen live.  Seems like all I do is drive though, maybe that’s why Greenland is Melting… #effortinc #rapidtransitvideo #ressurectedsnail #greenlandismelting

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