Desperately working on migrating away from 90′s webtech, (aka HTML 3.2), I’ve uploaded more videos of adventures past to new Vimeo albums. I like how videos posted there can scale nicely to any device, thereby opening a slew of images and thought provocation to a wider audience. This saves work. I used to export video clips in different device specific formats and use device detection to deliver the correct file format. No more. upload once and Vimeo handles it for everyone! Cool.
The newest video additions include two different adventures with “The Sherpa” whom you’ve met if you’ve followed the Great Divide series.
In 2009, Team Grinch and the Sherpa completed our second of the two San Juan Hut-to-Hut routes. In 2007, we started from Telluride, but in 2009, we started from Durango (Purgatory, officially) and made our way across the San Juans, the mesas and canyons of western Colorado, and over the saddle of the La Sals at Geyser Pass to Moab.
This was our second tour on our Ventana “ECdM” … the El Conquistador de Montana … fully suspended, and pulling a Bob trailer. The only thing we couldn’t ride was the “Catch-em-Up” trail that dropped us off a mesa right into the Paradox Valley near the Delores River, just outside Bedrock Colorado. That was a portage for everyone.
After getting to Moab via the Kokopelli Trail and Sand Flats Road, we headed back up the mountain to the loop road a couple days later and hopped on the UPS, LPS, and the main Porcupine Rim trail. We’ve head that it has been done before on a tandem, and trying it was really Karen’s idea after she discovered a video by Mountain Bike Bill. WE don’t have a video … a little too busy with the eyes and hands while riding this … but some photos will be dug up and posted shortly.
Two years later, “Team Redfish” and the Sherpa selected Adventure Cycling Association’s Allegheny Mountains Loop for a summer break and used the start location to visit a long-time friend and cycling buddy. That adventure was as beautiful as one could imagine.
YOU should go do it. Really.
Last night, my local club had it’s annual “Night at the Movies” event. Joe and Dana presented about their loop around Lake Champlain. Beautiful country we have up in the northeast! Dave, Todd and I wrapped up the evening with some select video clips from our Great Divide adventure. Nice evening … and everyone is dreaming springtime! After the show I met a new member of our club, Julie, who recently moved to Rochester from Pittsburg and joined the club! Welcome to the Finger Lakes Julie!! You’ll LOVE the riding here!
After finishing the Great Divide last summer, and looking for some local fun, I grabbed my new GoPro (wished I had that for the GD!) and headed to Dryer Road Park. The local mountain bike club has done a fabulous job working with the land managers to build a trail system there that’s among the best with green, blue, and black trails. I still had my super-wide Jeff Jones Loop bars on the bike and it was pretty challenging squeezing between trees only a shoulder width apart. I’ve never been a good dancer, but I managed to shuffle through without incident.
The Pug Does Dryer Road – Click Image for Video
My next short video experiment was a New Year’s Day ride up to the beach at Durand Eastman Park. Durand sits on the shore of Lake Ontario, northside of the city of Rochester NY. What a contrast to the last time I was up there on the Pug. Two weeks after I bought the Pug in the summer of 2012, I headed up there and rode the length of the beach, axle deep in the lake. The looks we got from swimmers and walkers was priceless! But on New Year’s Day 2014, there was one lone walker out on the beach … a local resident who walks the beach every day, all year long. We chatted how it was a beautiful day, even if was only a balmy 14F degrees.
Happy New Year! – Click Image for Video
I’ve signed up for Adventure Cycling Association’s Leadership Training Course and have to complete my Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR Certification. The final “hands-on” section is tomorrow night, and once I pass that, I’ve earned my free time to ride, shoot, and dream my way into spring!
View of The Swan Mountains from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
I’ve been working on the video clips, reliving and reloading, trimming and timing, scrubbing and scratching for months and getting far more proficient with Final Cut ProX than I could ever imagined. (see … this trip was “productive” after all!)
And now, it’s done.
The final clip for this last summer’s adventure is up online in a Vimeo album. I’ve backed up and archived all my files. I’ve put the project to bed, tucked it in with a kiss, turned out the light and softly, reluctantly closed the door behind me.
Now, I can begin getting emotionally centered and prepared for whatever comes next, and yes … plans are in the works.
Stats from Day 35 on my Great Divide Mountain Bike Route – 2013
Been wanting to get this little task done for quiet a while and stayed up late last night to get ‘er done. When riding the Great Divide this summer, I was using an iPhone on the handlebars for navigating. It had all the maps and GPS tracks I needed to stay on track.
But for recording MY actual route, including my mistakes, chosen alternates, and wanderings, I kept an iPad Mini (w/cellular) in my camelback and left it running/recording all day each day. I used an app called “GaiaGPS” which did a fantastic job of recording every pedal stroke (and footstep) with incredible accuracy. I found the sampling rate (resolution) far higher than my old Garmin’s that now sit in a junk box, and the details it provides beside the map of the route is really nice.
I took a screen shot of the display from each day of the trip, opened them in iDraw ($25 on the Mac App Store – cool!), and drew in points of interest (well … points that interested ME anyway). I took the finished products and loaded them onto the respective daily pages of my Great Divide journal on CrazyGuyOnABike.
While there, I also uploaded the GPX and KML files of each day. Those links can be found on the “Epilogue” page. I had promised to do this because the success of MY trip was partly due to the sharing of photos, tracks, and stories from those who’ve ridden the Divide before me. I’m paying back, and hopefully, notes of my experiences will assist others in having a great time on the greatest mapped out, long-distance bike tour in the country.
Maybe the whole world!
Thanks Mac! You and your team did a fantastic job!
Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
GREAT VIDEO on ACA’s page about the spirit of the Divide. Ya gotta see it! And I just discovered that the NEW revised edition of Mac’s book, “Cycling the Great Divide” is now available. Go get it!
On the Great Divide
It’s never really been a secret that I rode a fatbike on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this year. I’ve driven many a sane person to other states (of mind) talking about it before and afterwards. But I’ve been working on editing all the helmetcam shots and stills into a collection of videos hosted on Vimeo and haven’t officially announced their existence to many friends or members of my local club.
The club hosts an annual “Night at the Movies” each winter to showcase any cool trips members have done recently, and I’m mostly laying low about my presentation. People know what it’s about but I haven’t wanted to blast the Vimeo library to everyone and ruin the show. As of this writing, I’m only half-way done with editing and uploading the videos anyway. I rode northbound (aka “backwards and uphill”) from Mexico to Canada (borders) and so far, I have published clips to the Grand Tetons.
You can see the collection here: Great Divide Videos.
Alas … in the world of the searchable interwebs, I’m sure it will get out anyway. So, check the link to Great Divide Videos on the right, and hopefully, you might feel inspired to head out next summer as well!
I know, I know …
I’ve been hacking my barebones html site for years and have been too distracted to make a “modern” site since I’m either working, biking, making videos of past bike trips or planning my next bike trip while driving everyone nuts in the process. I know how, but never considered it important. My site has always been a simple repository of my journals of past rides and interesting bookmarks for my own use, and one that I can point people to, if they should ask.
No one ever has, of course.
This adventure performs the same function, but might be easier to update on the fly, on the road. Where I long to be whenever possible.
I read an article about who one should write to … who your audience is when you keep a blog. The author advises that one should consider only two people. Yourself in the present time, and yourself in the future. If anyone else is interested in your material, fine. I like that idea since it’s simple and doesn’t require me getting to know the preferences of an audience of millions.
And since I’m known to talk to myself while riding, this shouldn’t be much of a stretch.
For those who discover and follow this, welcome.