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K.O.T.R. 2011: Dekline Blog #1

The Dekline team checks in with some photos of their progress on King of the Road.

Posted: September 14, 2011

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First stop, El Paso.  Flew right over the fires

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Rollin' plush in the caravan

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Had to wait a few hours before we could crack open the book

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Time flashes by when Sinclair's around telling tales

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Matt B, ready. Juarez BGPs

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Merlino found a spot on the way to dinner

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The clock struck 12 and Sinclair began to pick the book apart

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Barefoot challenge!

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This thing…

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Back at the hotel, Jared realizes what he's really in for before we retire

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Next morning, with no time to get a real meal, Tim Tim does what he can to stay sustained

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Medication is also necessary.  We heard Nike got an ounce; we got a gram

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El Paso skate plaza

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Nick works on the 6-plus category

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Dakota eats pieces of shit like this kinker for breakfast

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Quick hiatus from the skatepark to shred the Falcore ramp

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Come nightfall, the moon lit the way to our next challenges

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This gap, check

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Piggyback challenge getting weird

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Moving along

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We had dinner at the 7-11 in the background before calling it

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Next morning, checking out, packing up

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Merlino wears glasses so nobody can tell what he's got his eyes on for breakfast

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Quick stop at another park. Mike works on his tan and contemplates where his KOTR tat is gonna go


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What's worse than a trike motorcycle?

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Tim, you can't sleep with your gear. You still gotta drive to the Tucson

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Guess which challenge

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Arrived in Tuscon, checking our city challenges

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Next morning, going to get some supplies

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Someone's birthday

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Spent about 20 hours at this school

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Special caffeinated delivery

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Quick stop at a tattoo parlor

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Bennett has a back-up plan

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On route to the next spot

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Perfect rail…

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…Only to get busted by the cops before we could even skate it.  Fuck Tucson; Phoenix, here we come

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Got a handfull of manuals to do

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Who needs a hotel bed when you get such versatile spots

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Tim Tim reviews the now graphic KOTR book

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