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Letting Out the Throttle (Timberman, Sweden) 3:28

Track 13

Luck + Death: home page — Amazon — Kobo

This is the second piece on the soundtrack that has no corresponding section in the book.

Flying Home (track 11) represented a bridge in the action between Gat’s time in Mexico and his return to Los Angeles that didn’t really need to be spelled out for the reader.

This track represents a denouement that, similarly, wasn’t required in the book, but which we can easily imagine and enjoy.

After the mystery of the attack on Max is resolved, I imagine Gat letting off steam on his bike. The original title for this piece was Letting Out the Throttle on the PCH, referring to the Pacific Coast Highway (part of California State Route 1), which runs up the California coast, tracking the coastline.

This is an outstandingly beautiful stretch of road that a reckless teenage version of me hitchhiked up and down several times, from Capistrano Beach in the south, all the way up through Mendocino, with stops in Los Angeles, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco along the way (despite rumors that certain stretches were frequented by weird Satanists and post-Mansonite freakazoids). I got picked up by housewives, musicians, a hippie girl in a converted ice cream truck, and rode pillion on the back of several bikes.

The PCH is the perfect place to see exactly what a motorcycle can do when you’ve spent too long flying on adrenaline, as Gat has by the time Luck + Death ends.

Here’s a section of the PCH on Google Maps in Streetview that will allow you to cruise up and down the gorgeous coast, wherever you are. Just click on the image to move around.

In real life, it looks something like this. It’s an amateur video, but I can smell the ocean and the hot road.

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Credits:

Letting Out the Throttle was originally released as DLDN Instrumental by Timberman, which can be found here. It was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. (timberman / CC BY-NC 3.0)

The photograph by trevphotos shows Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. It can be found here. I cropped the original photo and altered the saturation.

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