How to Ride report??

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by tobster9, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Two Wheeled 'Tard

    Two Wheeled 'Tard Banned

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    I carry a laptop with my on all my long-distance (greater than one week) road trips, usually I just seek out some wi-fi and take a day off to write up the week's adventures.
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  2. Two Wheeled 'Tard

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    Protip: Almost all laptop power supplies can take both 110 and 220 voltage, actually most will happily run on anything from 100v to 240v. All you need is the physical plug adapter and you can go around the world.
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  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I took a cheap refurbished Acer netbook, put it in a duffel on the tail, packed in a soft case, plus some clothes around it. It did well on the TAT a couple of years ago. 5,000 miles and it still works. Just uploaded the ride report when WiFi was available. Did the writeup at night. it take some effort and may get in the way of nightly beer drinking........ It's good to do a RR and post as you can go back and jog your memory of the ride.
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  4. ride4321

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    I carry a Macbook Air and update while I'm taking a break, eating or at the end of the day if I have wifi. The nice thing about keeping a live report is others can make suggestions on places to see or roads to ride. I don't do much planning and often travel alone so it comes in handy having suggestions thrown at me and uploading pics and writing gives me something to do at night. When I am traveling with others it's harder to keep a live report.
    The Macbook Air takes up hardly any space and is a SS hard drive so it can take a pretty good beating on the road. Apparently the keyboard is beer proof also, don't ask how I know.:D
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  5. HH

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    I traveled to Baja last year on the white (coast) bus from BC.
    There were 6 of us, and we rode hard every day, sometimes well into dark. That doesn't leave a lot of time to blog after diner and cervesas, so I kept small details on a notepad and made the trip report when I returned home.

    If you are traveling solo or with a partner, you should have time to do a daily blog via laptop, and it will give you something to look foward to at the end of the day.
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  6. erockmapquest

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  7. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    My idea both for RR and for remembering the day is to use a gopro.. as a camera. Bear with me here..

    The great thing about a gopro is the waterproof enclosure- it can sit out in all the elements and be perfectly fine. I have noticed in many RRs that when things get really fun (a great trail for instance), the photos stop. Same with rain or if someone gets flustered by challenges that day. I know that I will be the same way, and I am much less experienced in dirt than many of you so prolly even worse. A waterproof p&s can remedy some of this (especially if tethered to bike or rider), but now you deal with either stopping or taking photos while riding.

    I figure having pictures along the way will be a great way to remember the day and then write about it. I purchased a timer controller from cam-do to hook up to the GoPro Hero 2. The controller can be programmed to turn the Hero 2 on and then off for minutes, hours, days, even months. The controller fits in the waterproof extended door attained when buying a gopro accessory. You put the gopro in one shot mode and set it up on a 5 second delay. I have the controller setup to turn the gopro on and off every minute (comes stock this way actually). The gopro will last 2 days (of riding) this way, with the Bacpac charging the other bat off the bike. At the end of a riding day of say 6 hours, I will have 360 pictures of that day. They go straight into a folder of that day, along with any pictures taken by my DSLR and my P&S, my track log (gps), and any writing I do on the laptop. I can then open that folder in a photo viewer and quickly go through the pictures to refresh myself on the day- and I have them forever. They can all be synced to my GPS log (being careful of timezones) and thus I will know where every picture was taken. I have debated setting a 5 minute delay to cut down the pictures, but while more pictures may be a bit to deal with initially, I will get more keepers if I keep it at the 1 minute mark.

    I know that the gopro isnt great as a camera, but you can easily lens-correct the fisheye, apply sharpening and color modifications, etc via quality software (even Gimp which is AWESOME and free will do all of this). The main purpose is to remember the ride- not make ansel adams level pictures. Plus, I have the opportunity to take some video in a particularly good area, complete with the bacpac to increase recording time to 4+ hours.
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