The Mobius Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.

  1. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    nice and early before 8am. It was a chilly 40degrees, but quickly warmed.

    Because in prior testing, the helmet cam angle was always too low, the evening before, I had fashioned a wedge using a doorstop to position the helmet cam at the appropriate angle, and affixed it to the brim of my helmet.

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    Now I was ready for action. I had been struggling with how best to incorporate video in the ride report, and had concluded that simply recording the riding was boring. I had up 'till this point in the trip, tried to record some conversations that would show our situation, and mood, and tell a story.

    But now I was riding... and through some magnificent terrain as well. All of a sudden, I had an idea. :wink:

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    Yes, mobile video updates. :deal Unfortunately, the sound recording volume is lower than I'd hoped, and in reviewing all the video I shot, anytime I was moving faster than about 25mph, you can't hear what I'm saying at all. :cry

    I assure you :rolleyes, I was providing some profound and entertaining, sometimes poignant commentary. You just can't always hear it. Some clips can be salvaged, and some of the riding is just too good to not post, even though I know after 30 sec it may be boring.

    So I'll sift through, and label any videos that are just riding segments as such so as not to waste anyone's time. For the other videos, turn up the volume all the way on both the video player, and the computer, and you should be able to hear. :deal

    By the way, there's a microphone mod that's been described for these cameras that puts the mic inside the helmet for much better audio. That's now on my "to do" list for Mobius-5.
  2. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Post 'em all, what may seem boring to you is fresh and exciting for someone who's never been.

    The vids definitely add a nice touch to it.


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    +1 !!!:ear
  4. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    thanks, I'll post them, but I'll be sure to put a disclaimer in front of each clip to let you know something about the content, especially if I think it's skip-worthy or not. :thumb
  5. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    the morning's ride was spent rewinding some of the roads we did on Mobius-3.

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    Forest fires and clear-cutting. I have mixed feelings about both of them.

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    On the one hand, they both leave horrible scars on the side of a mountain.

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    on the other hand, in the densely wooded areas, sometimes that's the only way you get a nice view. :dunno

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    it can be a guilty pleasure. :shog
  6. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    (Old Utah Construction Rd.) between Quincy and Hwy 70 was a perfect warm-up for the day.

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    The temperature really warmed as we rose from the valley where the cool night air settles. :vardy

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    We even found the place where we had stopped for a snack on M-3:

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    [flash-forward] Much drier this time!

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    Soon, we finished the special,

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    and moved on to the transit section of Hwy 70 for a few miles along the East Branch North Fork of the Feather River.

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    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we turned north again,

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    on Caribou rd.

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    followed that up aways, crossing under the huge pipes from the hydroelectric system,

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    and then, leaving our M-3 breadcrumbs behind, crossed the North Fork of the Feather River onto the dirt, and into the hills. :D

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  8. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    about the next section. We had skipped it southbound on M-3 when we got quagmired and had to reroute back to Mill Creek camp and then skipped the whole loop around Lassen Volcano to get ahead to Susanville.

    It starts with a long series of switchbacks that climb up onto a ridge above the treeline which we'd follow for quite a while.

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    All I knew is that it looked like it was going to be really cool from the virtual pre-running I had done on GoogleEarth. :wink:

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    As we gained elevation, it started to become clear why it looked so cool from GoogleEarth:

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    The trees were gone, 'cause there had been a forest fire. :lobby
  9. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    we stopped for a break. We'd been riding for about an hour and a half.

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    I'll let LDF,

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    explain the significance of this:

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    :lol3
  10. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    after snapping some photos, I shot a video update while trying to catch up to LDF. This is one of the ones where you can't hear very well at all until the very end. :doh

    I think I was talking about forest fires or something. You can get some sense of the views and terrain, though. Disclaimer... no story content, just great riding. Skip at will. :dunno

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  12. La Donna Fugata

    La Donna Fugata You're not the boss of me

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    I think I will pass on that. :rolleyes
  13. McDOPE

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    Dr. Rock/ Great stuff. Thanks.... Now can you explain to this NOOB how Deano's Picasa Slide show gets uploaded to ADV Rider? I use Picasa to build RR's but haven't seen any help files on how to get them "in" like you have done. :confused
  14. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    it didn't from what i could see. DR included a link in his reply that launches the slide show. but the slide show is on picasa or google, wherever not ADV though.




    LDF were you dared into touching something that you then had to wash off?
  15. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    great report so far, love the inclusion of the video... really gives more of a sense of the riding you're doing than the snapshots do... and yes... a mic would be good.

    i wonder if you can finagle it to use the Scala Q2 mic somehow?

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  16. DR. Rock

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    Thought about it, but the mod is easy enough...

    Also, the newest version of the VholdR cam may have addressed some of the mic issues, or maybe not.

    I just found this resource for motorcycle video-logging. Looks like it might be helpful.
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    We took photos of each other...

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    you could see the valley on one side,

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    and on the other.

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  19. McDOPE

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    :thumb Ahhhh... I see what you mean. The slide show is just accessed via the link to Picasa. Thanks. I'll stop trying to upload directly to ADV from Picasa.
    Many thanks:baldy..... I could build the ride report on ADV but the editiing ability of Picasa is nice
  20. McDOPE

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    Thanks "rthuey". My reposnse ended up back in this RR where I asked the question so I'm doin' a little repeat here. Per your comment I see how Dr. Rock just linked to the slide show in Picasa. I'll do the same and stop:baldy .