Mehring’s Bearings: Best of – Part 1

These last few posts are a summary of the amazing times I’ve had at Skateboarder Magazine. I never thought I would have the chance or the support to travel to as many places as I have. I owe it all to Jaime Owens and Skateboarder Magazine. It’s been an incredible 9 years. Here are a bunch of my favorite photos from the most epic trips I’ve gone on.

The Trans-siberian Railway was probably the sickest trip to date still. We were not very experienced travelers and every moment of each day left lasting impressions on us. Here was our crew riding horseback in Mongolia.

The Trans-siberian Railway was probably the sickest trip to date still. We were not very experienced travelers and every moment of each day left lasting impressions on us. Here was our crew riding horseback in Mongolia.

This spot was a big part of the reason we chose the route. Kenny had seen in online somehow and we figured out what town it was in. Once we got there we kept asking locals making hand gestures to find it. Once there Keegan kickflipped the big bump to bump.

This spot was a big part of the reason we chose the route. Kenny had seen in online somehow and we figured out what town it was in. Once we got there we kept asking locals making hand gestures to find it. Once there Keegan kickflipped the big bump to bump.

The first of the train tats. Very drunk and very unsanitary.

The first of the train tats. Very drunk and very unsanitary.

Jack Sabback backlip at the Ulaanbaatar train station in Mongolia.

Jack Sabback backlip at the Ulaanbaatar train station in Mongolia.

Our hostel in Irkutsk.

Our hostel in Irkutsk.

Another spot in Omsk. Keegan skated this thing and slammed really hard before making it. The same day as the kickflip. He was ripping.

Another spot in Omsk. Keegan skated this thing and slammed really hard before making it. The same day as the kickflip. He was ripping.

Riding on a three day train stint between Russia and Mongolia we discovered the back door of the train was unlocked. We opened it and shot some pics.

Riding on a three day train stint between Russia and Mongolia we discovered the back door of the train was unlocked. We opened it and shot some pics.

Another amazing one was the Amazon boat trip. We flew to Belem and took boats up the Amazon to Manaus. These were beggar kids who would paddle up and attach to the passing boats to ask for change.

Another amazing one was the Amazon boat trip. We flew to Belem and took boats up the Amazon to Manaus. These were beggar kids who would paddle up and attach to the passing boats to ask for change.

Jake Johnson frontside half cab flip in Santarem.

Jake Johnson frontside half cab flip in Santarem.

Adelmo Jr. wallie in front of security just before getting the boot. Belem.

Adelmo Jr. wallie in front of security just before getting the boot. Belem.

Swimming in some sketchy mid jungle water hole just outside Belem.

Swimming in some sketchy mid jungle water hole just outside Belem.

Kenny Anderson, ollie up to back tail. Belem.

Kenny Anderson, ollie up to back tail. Belem.

Clint and crew disembarking in Santarem.

Clint and crew disembarking in Santarem.

Jake Johnson - switch flip in Manaus.

Jake Johnson – switch flip in Manaus.

Kenny Anderson sailor dives at the Meeting of the Waters where the light brown Amazon meets the dark brown Rio Negro.

Kenny Anderson sailor dives at the Meeting of the Waters where the light brown Amazon meets the dark brown Rio Negro.

Fresh water dolphins.

Fresh water dolphins.

Vietnam was by far the scariest trip. Having never ridden a motorcycle this was probably not the best place to learn. Both Jerry and I crashed and fortunately walked away from each incident.

Vietnam was by far the scariest trip. Having never ridden a motorcycle this was probably not the best place to learn. Both Jerry and I crashed and fortunately walked away from each incident.

Driving from Hanoi to Saigon is about 1500 miles or so. This spot was on the roadside a few days into our trip. Javier Mendezabal ollied into this slippery bank.

Driving from Hanoi to Saigon is about 1500 miles or so. This spot was on the roadside a few days into our trip. Javier Mendezabal ollied into this slippery bank.

Village kids with homemade boards.

Village kids with homemade boards.

Joey Pepper - Smith grinds a rail in Nha Trang.

Joey Pepper – Smith grinds a rail in Nha Trang.

The aftermath of Jerry's crash.

The aftermath of Jerry’s crash.

By far the funnest domestic trip I've done was this IPath camping trip in Utah. We found a bunch of petrified sand dunes to skate on. Jaws kickflips into a bank.

By far the funnest domestic trip I’ve done was this IPath camping trip in Utah. We found a bunch of petrified sand dunes to skate on. Jaws kickflips into a bank.

Jack Sabback - Ollie.

Jack Sabback – Ollie.

Ryan Reyes - frontside grab.

Ryan Reyes – frontside grab.

Ryan Lay spitting Jack Daniels around the campfire.

Ryan Lay spitting Jack Daniels around the campfire.

Turkey was total debauchery but fun nontheless. Spanky wallies a hubba in Istanbul.

Turkey was total debauchery but fun nontheless. Spanky wallies a hubba in Istanbul.

Hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia.

Hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia.

Omar Salazar - Back tail in Ankara.

Omar Salazar – Back tail in Ankara.

Fred Gall getting sketchy.

Fred Gall getting sketchy.

Stefan Janoski - 5-0 in Ankara.

Stefan Janoski – 5-0 in Ankara.

The cave dwellings of Cappadocia.

The cave dwellings of Cappadocia.

Jerry and Spanky in Istanbul.

Jerry and Spanky in Istanbul.

-Jonathan Mehring