Departure Eve

Well, all seems well…

Mark, my tour partner, paid me a visit in my office. We discussed various aspects of our travel. Mark said Chris and another C4 rider will ride with us to Elizabethtown–WOW!
Dana, Bent Up Cycles, made a courtesy call–very nice of him. I spoke with David Bascombe, another C4 member. He said he’ll see us in the morning.

I‘ve completed several last minute task. It is now time to rest, but yet a few more items to accomplish. This ride will be fun. Blogging will especially be exciting. Special friends Sandra Johnson and Grace Singh are to comment as we go along. Other special friends will be following this blog and hopefully commenting as well. So, Pauline, are you there? Hi Ann; Sherry & Rogers, and Michael & Pamela; Gabriel, Lia, Adriana, & Brandon. Hello Eric Nobles. Esther Green, HELLO! Hi Ms. Patricia York. Thanks to all of you. You add to the fulfillment on my life.

I got in a loaded check-ride just after midnight. The bike is heavily rear loaded. I have as much weight forward as possible. I find this weight distribution makes steering a bit more twitchier. I’m wondering what other bent riders think on this point. At speed [~10 mph, the bike seem very stable. I can make it go fast. I’ll find out about hills tomorrow. The seat was comfortable tonight. Well I’d hope to get 6-8 hrs. of sleep. Now it’s down to just over 3 hrs. As an Army Ranger, I’ve made it on less. Hopefully tomorrow night, I’ll get much more rest. The bike is outside and ready to roll.

May God be with us all on this journey.

Today’s To Do List:

  1. Purchase RoboGEO License–DONE
  2. Purchase additional notebook ram–will have to do later–during or after the tour…
  3. Purchase an xD memory card for the camera–DONE, 1GB
  4. Have mail & newspaper held–DONE
  5. Buy gel pad for sandals–DONE
  6. Buy pain pills [just in case]–DONE
  7. Buy Gu–Did 06/06/06–a box of GU is heavy!
  8. Attend the monthly C4 7:00 p.m. meeting–DONE

Documenting The Tour:

Most of today has been spent determining the most functional manner of documenting our ride to Key West, Florida from Fayetteville. I intend to post daily to this blog.

In doing so, I will use my Garmin Edge 305 GPS to show our route. Along the way I take digital pictures using the camera Olympus listed below. The pictures will be geocoded using RoboGEO v4.0. The geocoded photographs can the be exported in many formats.

I‘d prefer to export to Google Maps. I have the API Key needed, but a web server is also needed to upload the files created by RoboGEO. It has to be the server specified when the Google API was obtained. After many hours, I’ve determined too much is required at the 11th hour.

I will use Flickr, which I signed up for several months ago [not knowing this day was in my future]. Anyway, Flickr gives many options with regard to seeing where the picture was taken, including Google Maps, based on the geocoding.

In addition, I’ll also use Motion Base for ride route and metrics.

In the end, this may will be the optimal choice. A the end of this day, I do not have to struggle with how I will document our ride.

Using Saturday’s C4 ride, here a glimpse of what you can expect to see:

  1. First, the route and metrics from MotionBased web site.
  2. Next, the Flickr pictures.

To save time at the end of the riding day, I’ve created folders for 10 days of riding to receive the pictures from the camera and other associated files. I have a procedure that I think will also let me get some rest.

Tour Ready!

The RANS Stratus with the AngleTech bags in place and equipped for my Florida tour.
The bike is getting much heavier and I’ve not loaded the essentials.

A short test ride says the seat is much more comfortable with the rear edge removed. I may not be able to get a 50+ mile ride in before our Wednesday departure; but, I’ll know for sure on the tour how the ride comfort compares to the Fayetteville, NC – Richmond , VA Tour.