Hagley Gap

2011 Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival

Seb Kemp, Jeff Carter and Katie Holden prepare to ride bike trails near Blue Mountain in Jamaica at the Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival. This was part of the memorial ride for trail builder Ken Klowak who was killed last year in Mexico.


Winding seal, unfeasible hill;

Dirt and rock, for my luck I knock.

Roofs corrugated, walls brightly decorated;

Unfinished stories, hopes of wealth and glory.

Honest buildings gaily painted, it’s patrons long time acquainted;

Minor doorway barely there, within shelves stocked with wares.

Mans face oil creased, leans on wall firewater greased;

Hub of the world hardly on a map, hub of the world nestled in the Gap.

Banana plant leaves, coffee trees;

Long grass blades, a towering bamboo maze.

Palms of the jungle, knotted juniper muddle;

Pregnant mangoes, weeping willows.

Call of one thousand birds, one symphony barely heard;

Chirps, squeaks and calls, heightened as the sun falls.

Grinding motor labours, bouncing bass for neighbours;

Dog sounds its bark, donkey brays a lonesome remark.

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