2005 Open Road 5th Wheel

2005 open road 5th wheel

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  • A path or course of action without care or hindrance

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  • Open Road is a CD and DVD release by the Canadian band Cowboy Junkies. It is a four-hour CD/DVD documentary of performances from 2001.

  • Open Road is the eighth studio album, and ninth album overall, from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It is also considered the debut album from the band Open Road.

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  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground

  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and forms part of a machine

  • a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

  • The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are people of influence in the fields of politics, banking, business, the military and media. Each conference is closed to the public.

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  • The discography of Dr. Dre, an American record producer and rapper, consists of two studio albums, 12 singles, and six compilation albums.

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2005 open road 5th wheel - Lucky Drive

Lucky Drive

Lucky Drive

"We live the music we sing about," says Brad Folk, lead singer and songwriter for Open Road. The well-dressed performers of hard-edged, gritty bluegrass music have been touring across North America steadily for more than two years, since the group's first Rounder release, 2002's Cold Wind, created a buzz among traditional music lovers, festival audiences of all ages, and young fans of authentic music performances. Last year's successful ...in the life appeared on the Billboard bluegrass charts and received radio play and critical praise across the roots music world.
In the title cut on Lucky Drive, the band's third release on Rounder, Brad addresses the American ideals of happiness and wealth from an outsider's view, inspired by the band's trips to Los Angeles in the past year. And Brad's "Wanderin' Blues" ponders the heart of a traveler who longs for a conventional home, wrestling with his own restless nature.
No Depression has recognized Brad's "uncanny knack for crafting timeless tunes on timeless subjects." Brad's songs go straight to the soul of listeners, and the band's original instrumentals thrill audiences with an ancient fire.
In addition to originals, Open Road finds little-known bluegrass gems and brings them to the light for today's listeners. "Our knowledge of these songs comes from many late nights in the barn spinning old records because we love 'em," says Brad. "Some songs stick out for us to borrow, but thousands go untouched."
The band took some time off at the end of 2004 to record in Denver, working again with producer Sally Van Meter. "Because a lot of these songs were fairly new to us, and we hadn't been performing them night after night, the CD has a spontaneous feel to it," says mandolinist Caleb Roberts, a South Carolinian who founded Open Road with Brad, originally from Missouri, in 1999.
Open Road was honored to have one of the band's living heroes, Vern Williams, sing with Brad on "I'm Lonesome," a track on Lucky Drive that the band learned from a Larry and Happy Smith recording on the Blueridge label.
Open Road plays bluegrass with a gritty soul that communicates an authentic, real-life emotion that touches audiences. This has a lot to do with Brad's unusual, raw, vocal twang and his stage presence. Some people can't tell if this unpolished approach to bluegrass is for real. Those who grew up with bluegrass and those who have never heard it before sometimes react with equal fascination to Brad's voice. The Missoulian described it this way: "If bluegrass is all about that high-lonesome sound, this guy's camping solo atop Everest. But give him two or three songs, and you may just become convinced that everybody should sing this way.
"There is something oddly quite warm and affecting about his voice, something that makes you know he'd be a fascinating guy to sit around a campfire with, swapping stories. That unpretentious charm pervades the music of Open Road, from the tasty underpinnings provided by bassist Eric Thorin, to the lazy virtuosity of mandolinist Caleb Roberts."
For the past two Rounder projects, Brad and Caleb have been working with bassist Eric Thorin and banjo player Keith Reed, both talented and versatile musicians who share Brad and Caleb's passion for using traditional bluegrass as a language for innovation. Eric, a Colorado native, is a sought-after musician for session work and as a sideman for everything from salsa and jazz to rock and Americana. Keith has a degree from South Plains College, known for its bluegrass program, and a classical music degree. He teaches banjo and classical guitar at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
The five-piece acoustic band from Colorado, named after a style of Stetson hat, performs bluegrass around one microphone; banjo, mandolin and fiddle dance around to play leads, similar to how bluegrass musicians performed decades ago, when country music included its acoustic cousin, bluegrass, sometimes called "hillbilly" music.
Open Road has proved that bluegrass bands don't need to change the language to ignite the excitement of young audiences; neither do they have to feel restrained in order to please the so-called purists. A tide is turning in American music as more young people recognize a hunger for pure music like Open Road's, and older audiences are pleased to see someone carrying on traditional music with reverence, excitement, and originality.
"I think the hard-edged traditional side of this music is to my ears the most exciting and the most thrilling and the most moving," Brad says. Caleb agrees: "There's a lot of power, a lot of feeling in that music that's really inspiring to me, and it's my favorite kind of music."

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Deadliest countries to drive in!

Deadliest countries to drive in!

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad, then you might be interested in finding out which countries are the worst for driving in or taking a holiday in. Depending on those you think are the most dangerous, the reality may well surprise you.

Deadliest countries to drive in. (per list just compiled by the OECD)

(based on fatalities per million drivers)

1. Russia
2. Slovakia
3. Poland
4. Turkey
5. Hungary
6. Korea
7. Greece
8. U.S.A.
9. Czech Republic
10. Belgium

United Kingdom

So despite what you might think about the UK’s roads and RTAs, Britain doesn’t make it into the top ten and in fact is consistently proven to be one of the safest countries in the world to drive in – alongside Sweden and The Netherlands.

The fact that the UK has such safe roads is partially due to the excellent road network and conditions, the high levels of policing and speed management (though this point is always hotly debated!) and of course the stringent tests that drivers in Great Britain have to pass before being allowed onto the road.

So why is Russia so bad?

Although Russian drivers also have to pass extensive examinations to earn their driving licences, it seems that there is a world of difference between what a Russian can expect to learn about the road while preparing for a test and what they actually find out there when they pass.

With around only 10% of their accidents being blamed on drunk-drivers, the other 90% seem to come from a combination of bad driving, terrible road conditions (in some areas it seems that the white lines that we expect to separate the lanes on a major road are worn away or completely missing) and a lack of policing.

The Government Auto Inspection (or GAI) the Russian version of the Transport Police does attempt to enforce regulations but has to do so with a small budget and old vehicles which makes it almost impossible. So until more money is given to the GAI it seems that Russia will continue to dominate the list of countries to avoid driving in if you want to come home in one piece.

In this crime-ridden, ex-Soviet state, no longer does the government stuff their Armani suits with rubles, but the vandals and gangsters. The Russian mafia runs amuck, there are more gangsters than police, and a Russian is assassinated every 18 minutes, averaging 84 murders per day in a nation of 143 million. The nucleus of Russian crime is stationed in the Republic of Chechnya, a region within Russia just north of Georgia. Prostitution, drug trafficking, and underground restaurants are arbitrarily controlled by the Chechens. Foreigners are kidnapped more frequently due to the higher ransom allocated. Crimes towards include but are not limited to: pick pocketing wallets, cell phones, cameras, cash, and physical assaults. From superpower to Third World country, think tanks are beginning to speculate if communism really was the cure for Russia.

Most Dangerous Countries to have a holiday

Afghanistan is the most dangerous country in the world to drive in. Keep an eye out for our noble soldiers will driving through Kandahar, but also make sure you keep your other eye on the traffic. See, for every 100, 000 people on Afghanistan's roads, 39 people die. You don't want to be one of them.


It doesn’t matter whether you are George Bush, Pele or Chuck Norris – you are not safe in Iraq. Despite its rich history and its oil reserves, it is a ruined nation that is wracked with violence, despair and confusion. Since 2003, the United States has occupied Iraq which has led to a civil war claiming the lives of more than 650 000 civilians. Al-Qaeda, Sunni insurgents, Shiite security forces, Kurdish rebels, American soldiers, Turkish troops and criminals are involved in a cycle of violence that unfortunately, will not abate any time soon. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) and mines are a constant threat, as are suicide bombers who have slain hundreds. Kidnappings and random killings are reported with almost mind-numbing frequency. Since 2003, 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries and another 1.9 million in Iraq remain internally displaced. Depleted uranium used as armor-piercing rounds will poison Iraqi civilians and US servicemen for decades. Truly, a hell on earth.


For the average traveller, the USA is fairly safe, but the numbers do not lie. There are more than 200 million guns in the USA and more than 50 murders a day, 10 times the rate of Germany. Nearly 5000 people die a year in truck crashes, about 6000 pedestrains die on the streets and 31000 people end their own lives. The USA now leads all nations in violent crime and leads all nations with incarcerations now standing at 2.3 million. American citizens also make up the greatest number of criminals serving time in overseas prisons. Militias, hate groups and other right wing radicals all spread their message of violence and are known to throw aro

Volkswagen GX3 concept car

Volkswagen GX3 concept car

The world premiere of the GX3 at the LA Auto Show

Pure affordable performance: Crossover between sports car and motorcycle

It only takes 5.7 seconds to go from 0-62.5 mph (100 km/h) and the fuel consumption in the city is estimated to be 46 mpg (5.2 l/100 km)

GX3 was conceived for the U.S. by the Moonraker team and VW’s Design Center in California

Three wheels, two seats, and off you go in the carpool lane

Wolfsburg / Los Angeles, 4 January 2006. In a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen presents the GX3 – a completely new type of motorcycle. The GX3 was conceived by the Moonraker team and VW’s Design Center in California, exclusively with the U.S. in mind, to bring an exciting idea to a fully functioning concept. With its three wheels and unique design, this Volkswagen opens up a new driving dimension.

What if you could carve up the back roads and cruise solo in the carpool lane?

A motorcycle with VW features: Light, fast, and environmentally friendly, the GX3 shows that conceptually it is much closer to a motorcycle than to a classic type automobile. This two-seater Volkswagen is one of a kind - bold, young, and affordable. It opens a new driving dimension, turns even the daily commute to work into a small trip to freedom, allows you to cruise in the carpool lane, even if you’re driving solo (the GX3 is a motorcycle, after all!) and with its keen handling it opens up completely new horizons for recreational driving.

What if performance were affordable?

Amazing dynamics for less than $ 17,000: The GX3 will be driven by a VW 1.6 liter engine. The four-cylinder delivers 92 kW / 125 hp. So far, so good. However, the GX3 is a pure driving machine, a motorcycle with two seats positioned side-by-side. And that’s why you can find 125 hp and 112.5 ft-lbs (152 Nm) in a mere 1,257 lbs (570 kg) Volkswagen. This results in a power-to-weight ratio of 10 lbs/hp (4.56 kg/PS). In just 5.7 seconds, the GX3 can reach a speed of 62.5 mph (100 km/h) and the possible lateral acceleration reaches 1.25g – values typical of sheer performance cars but delivered from a vehicle under the $17,000 price range. No comparable sports machine in the world, however, can come even close to the low fuel consumption of the GX3: 46 mpg (5.2 l/100 km). Fact is: a production counterpart of the GX3, could be on the market very soon. It all depends on the American driver’s feedback.

Tradition of the exceptional: Conceptually and visually the Volkswagen GX3 differs from anything currently on the roads in the U.S. And that’s a tradition at Volkswagen. It was with exceptional and unique products – today all of them legends – that Volkswagen propelled itself to the top in the USA during the 50’s and 60’s. Whether the Beetle, the Thing (Type 181), or the Microbus, all were the cult cars of their time and still are. In 2006, with the GX3, Volkswagen once again presents something totally unexpected and exceptional, a VW in every sense. VW - Being different.

Moonraker: The GX3 was designed in close collaboration between VW’s Design Center California (DCC) and an international, cross-functional group of young engineers, designers, manufacturing and marketing experts, also based in California. The team started its work in the US in early 2005. The job: To convert the wishes, dreams and needs of American drivers into mobility. The goal: highest possible customer satisfaction. Background: In addition to the models developed in Germany and sold in the US, in the future Volkswagen will be building more models catering especially to the needs and requirements of U.S. customers. One of the most dramatic and tangible early results: the GX3. Responsible for the design of the new Volkswagen is the Volkswagen Design Studio in Santa Monica. The team there will be working in the future in close cooperation with the product strategy staffs in the U.S. The GX3 offers a look into the exciting and comprehensive spectrum of totally new motor vehicles which are currently being conceptualized by Volkswagen of America for the US market.

What if authenticity had a radical edge?

Design dynamics: The focus for Volkswagen’s design team in California was to create a quintessential and pure driving machine. Inspired by the minimalist design language often expressed in contemporary GP motorcycles and F1 race cars, the GX3 has a true feeling of authenticity. These influences are seen throughout the exterior with an exposed single sided swing arm, aggressive central exhaust, open front wheels and stealthy matte finishes. The progressive dynamic on the GX3 is emphasized with a strong graphic dividing the body as it wraps up to the aggressive forward leaning roll hoops. Anodized gold and black suspension components and LED lighting are further examples of track inspired designs.

The GX3 interior is all about business with nothing to distract from the absolute driving experience. The driver’s cockpit is equipped with

2005 open road 5th wheel

2005 open road 5th wheel

The Open Road

For over three decades, Pico Iyer, one of our most cherished travel writers, has been a friend to the Dalai Lama. Over these years through intimate conversations, he has come to know him in a way that few can claim. Here he paints an unprecedented portrait of one of the most singular figures of our time, explaining the Dalai Lama's work and ideas about politics, science, technology, and religion. For Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life and the daily challenges of this global icon

From the Trade Paperback edition.

For over three decades, Pico Iyer, one of our most cherished travel writers, has been a friend to the Dalai Lama. Over these years through intimate conversations, he has come to know him in a way that few can claim. Here he paints an unprecedented portrait of one of the most singular figures of our time, explaining the Dalai Lama's work and ideas about politics, science, technology, and religion. For Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life and the daily challenges of this global icon

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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