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Discussion in 'Americas' started by gpax, Jul 12, 2018.
My YouTube channel for posting a ride journal. Just a beginner. I leave on March 22nd so I am learning the ropes.
Last year I was “toying” with video and bought an Ion Air Pro Lite WiFi camera. I had problems mounting it to my helmet. I solved that with hot glue and a camera stud. Yesterday I tried it out. Have house guests now but will split vids and post some slivers from the video.
GoPro Mount, stud and Ion camera.
Camera with hot glued stud.
All parts assembled and ready to mount on helmet.
When you get here I will give you a helmut mount for the ion. I have a few spares.
Yesterday I tried to make a video with my Canon Vixia Camcorder (~$150) and I kept being run in by rain. Finally got enough vids done and then my computer froze. Was going to get back to it today but I got a call from a guy with cash in hand who wanted to buy my scooter. Had to go down to DMV for a paper title and all that. Ruby has a new home. Now I am down to Sweet Loretta (VN-1700) and Lovely Rita (NC750XD). Rita is ready to go to Key West next Friday. I am going to pack her this week. No need for winter clothes for this leg of the trip. The video is loading in the background as I write this update.
Chris says I talk too loud and gasp for breath. I apologize. I ain’t perfect. But here is my farkled NC750XD (Rita) ready to go.
Are you on the road?
According to his YouTube channel he has left Pensacola.
Has gpax took up residence at Papa Hemingway's............
It begins. I leave Key West in the morning for Midway CG on US41- Tamiami Trail - Big Cypress National Preserve.
Had a toast to Ray at Sloppy Joes on Duval Street.
Thanks Bud. I wish I was there.
Got off to a late start today and went back to the motel in Florida City. True to form the rain hit about 5 miles from the hotel. My face and hands are crispy from the sun. Today wind was blowing about 30 mph at time. Stop and go traffic on the northern Overseas Highway. Saw my third iguana. We had a large one on the picnic table when I pulled into my campground. The campground was super but for the wind. $17 per night on the Navy base. My hip has been giving me fits. I had shots into the joint before I left but it’s killing me. I go to my sister’s house tomorrow in Land O Lakes north of Tampa.
Take care of yourself
Leg one is done. 2000 miles. Last day was met with 50 degree rain just before I arrived home to Pensacola. Jumped into a hot shower to warm up. Brrrr! Yesterday on the Suncoast Highway my case lost its lid with my sleeping bag and bike cover attached. Didn’t realize it was gone until my first fill up. My sister retraced my track but could not find it. I emailed Rocky Mountain ATV and will call them Monday for a replacement lid. I have other sleeping bags and bike covers.
With 2000 miles under my belt and several nights in my tent I have a fairly good shakedown under my belt. Last time I went up health issues intervened... a heart attack and kidney stone... landed me into the hospital twice. So on this leg I was evaluating my health. I hate to admit that my health considerations are trip altering. My hip pain is impossible. Took shots in the hip a week before hoping to mitigate the pain. No luck. If that’s not enough, pre-kidney stone signs indicate an impending stone. And my heart condition lurks. Ugh!!! The first doctors appointment I could get was April 15th. With sadness I must say that the balance of my trip is on indefinite suspension. Since I am 70 this year, this may be my last shot at Alaska. Alligator tears ... no kidding! I put a lot of effort and money into a dream trip preparation. :-(
We never know when our time is up. Attended a funeral yesterday that honored a guy who wanted to be in the saddle till the end. He managed to do so with heart and lung symptoms. Only you know what you can cope with physically but be assured we are pulling for you.
Where's the "don't like" button?
Really sorry to read this, Greg. I hope things turn around for you.
Hang in there Greg and if you need anything you’ve got my number.
Health first and then plan from there. Good luck for a positive outcome.
Alaska isn't going anywhere Greg. It will still be there waiting for you when your health improves.
It is just on hold for a bit.
Get well soon my friend.
Your health comes first. Fact is gpax, you've already accomplished more adventure riding than a lot of us will ever do, at any age. Prayers up!