Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Sinclair WY

It didn't occur to me when seeing its name on my map that this city was named "Sinclair" after the Sinclair Oil Corporation, and that this is one of the two refineries the Sinclair Oil Corporation currently owns.

If I'd known this, I'd have made a point of riding out to Sinclair WY after sunset yesterday, just so I could have had the pleasure of riding through a refinery after dark.

There's something special about riding a bicycle through a heavy industrial area at night, after most of the workers have gone home: you're surrounded by huge machines you don't understand, as if you're some kind of "ghost in the machine," or a visitor on an alien world.

This experience is even better when huge flames are part of the surrounding industrial landscape, as obviously they are with refinery flare lines.


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