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Old 07-08-2010, 04:16 PM   #46
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Hot damn that's great prose
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:54 PM   #47
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There's some good stuff in there for your next RR title Lone Rider.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:13 AM   #48
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Great Thread

I've never given a ride report, that will change now.

I ride throughout the day and by the time I stop, all I remember is that it was a great day, rain, snow, hot, cold, beautiful scenery or dreary.

I think of my writing as a piece of history. History is not what happened, it is what was recorded as happened.

This is a good thread.

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Old 07-09-2010, 11:57 AM   #49
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I've never given a ride report, that will change now.
let us know when you post your view of AK.
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:39 PM   #50
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let us know when you post your view of AK.
'Tis my home, big place, been here a long time.

I have an "unusual" trip planned for the beginning of August. I will post an RR with pictures!

Heard in a bar: A Texan was boasting how big Texas is, and the more imbibed he became, the more insistent he became that "everything is bigger in Texas". To that a miner replied "quit yer whinin' or stamp Alaska out flat, cut it in two and Texas will be the third largest state.

Stay tuned

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Old 07-10-2010, 09:38 PM   #51
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The last thing I want to read about is how someone took this road then that road followed by such and such a highway blah blah blah. That kind of writing doesn't instill any emotion or remind me why I ride.
yes, that and pictures of half eaten pizza or any other food.

and endless pictures of the bike fallen over with some "humor" attached

and inside jokes among the riders on the ride

and the pretension of some cosmic karmic "journey"

and maudlin ramblings

and any use of "lol,"

and emoticons, esp those that repeat

Good thread...should be required reading

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Old 07-11-2010, 02:36 AM   #52
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yes, that and pictures of half eaten pizza or any other food.

and endless pictures of the bike fallen over with some "humor" attached

and inside jokes among the riders on the ride

and the pretension of some cosmic karmic "journey"

and maudlin ramblings


John
Thanks ! I am now able to to edit my reports down to 3 or 4 sentences!
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:46 AM   #53
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Ride Reports is a busy thread. There are tons of reports to read. No one can read them all. Believe me, I try. (Well okay, except for Gadget Boy) I usually try to make a determination early on whether or not a report is worth my time.

How do you get your report noticed? A unique or catchy report name is a start. Just make sure your report lives up to the name. I remember one report that went viral based on the title alone. 15 pages later when the crappy report actually started, many of us were disappointed. It was a mess. This happens alot when writers start their reports before the ride and the details of the planned ride sound good. I don't have to worry about this because I'm not creative enough to think up a catchy title.

I always do my reports after the fact. I like to select a few of my favorite photos from the trip and include them in the first post as "Teaser Photos". I try to select photos that are attention grabbing and maybe show the bike and terrain. This lets the reader know the report is one worth subscribing to. Rarely is the first day of the ride exciting enough to grab everyones' attention.

On my last report I only felt the need to use two "Teaser Photos":

I read it because of the photos. nice shots
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:28 AM   #54
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Hey, BGP,

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Thanks ! I am now able to to edit my reports down to 3 or 4 sentences!
Brevity is the soul of wit

ride safely

oh, and horrible 3rd grade misspellings
there and their and they're
your and you're
hear and here

in short, homonyms -- keep 'em straight
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:58 AM   #55
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How to Save a Map as a JPEG

A route map included in your report can help other inmates find their way to the same awesome places. If you write an interesting report others will want to follow in your tracks. Here's the way I create route maps. There are more ways than one to skin a cat though. If anyone else has other ideas or knows how this can be done on a Mac then chime in.

Choose you favorite mapping program or website. I've used this method with Bing Maps, Google Maps, Microsoft Streets and Trips, and Garmin Mapsource. I guess some mapping programs may already allow you to save maps as a JPEG, but this method will work for anything that is on your computer screen.

First, create the map you want to share. Here is a map to my home listed in the Tent Space Thread.


Once the map is created and you have it zoomed to the view you want to share hold down the CONTROL key and press the PRINT SCREEN key. You've just copied your screen.

Open up Paint. (Should be under accessories on your programs list.)


Click EDIT and PASTE


The screenshot you just copied will appear in the Paint Window.


Use the area selection rectangle tool to select the area of the screen shot you wish to save. I usually select an area minus the copyright and logos.


Then click EDIT and CUT


The area you selected will disappear.


Click FILE and NEW


Click DON"T SAVE in the dialog box.


In the new Paint window click EDIT and PASTE.


The area you selected and cut will appear in the window.


Click FILE and SAVE AS


Save your map as file type JPEG


Upload to smugmug and share with the rest of us.


EDIT: With Windows 7 there is a "Snipping Tool" that makes selecting an area of the screen and saving as jpeg even easier by requiring fewer steps.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:12 AM   #56
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I tried this. Never could figure out getting the recording off the device. ride report never got written.



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..some kind of digital recorder...

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com...der?sku=241828

or
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com...der?sku=241828
(this one is limited to clearance, but it's an idea of what's available)

ok, this may be a music store site, but they know recording!
Notebooks are worthless cause you have to sit and write. With a portable recorder, you can sit and have an adult refreshment and muse over your day's wanderings without so much as lifting a pen! They're also small enuf to carry on a bike. And if there's company around, even ask if anyone remembers what all those little town's names are you rode thru and forgot...
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:47 PM   #57
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Hey, BGP,


Brevity is the soul of wit

ride safely

oh, and horrible 3rd grade misspellings
there and their and they're
your and you're
hear and here

in short, homonyms -- keep 'em straight
OK now I am down to too sentences
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #58
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...oh, and horrible 3rd grade misspellings
there and their and they're
your and you're
hear and here

in short, homonyms -- keep 'em straight
Yeah, x 1 Billion.
Heck, if they can't even spale right, they don't even got a brain. You know what I'm talking 'bout, right?
I bust right on through those reports, on to the slick smarty-pants attitude stuff. There, I can get my fill.

Most riders uncurl their pinkies before pulling on their gloves...
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:11 PM   #59
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Most riders uncurl their pinkies before pulling on their gloves...
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:28 PM   #60
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LOL
On-the-road levels the field quickly.
The pretentious rider is always a pretender.
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