The USA on 40 bucks a day...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Vance, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    You may want to consider prepaying (6 months or so) any recurring monthly bills like Net service, cell phone, insurance, Penthouse subscription, etc. That helps some people feel a little more free and with fewer worries.

    Just an idea.
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  2. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    Vance, best of luck on your journey.

    If you're in the NY/NJ area and need a meal, or place to crash let me know. Love to have you. (that sounds better when you type it... :D )

    Ride safe.
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  3. Dark

    Dark Long timer

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    Vance-
    Good luck, enjoy safe travel where ever you end up going. If you end up near Charlotte, NC you are welcome to free lodging, food, beer, and garage space with tools for service, repair, tire changing, etc.
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  4. KenR

    KenR Long timer Supporter

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    Happy and safe travels!

    If you find yourself anywhere near Park City Utah on your trip, the guest bedroom/bath is open to you, along with a fairly well equipped shop, high speed internet, cold beer and hot food. We're right off I-80 on the way to/from Sturgis.

    Your livin' a dream, man.
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  5. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Hey Vance. If you need a place to stay for a few days your more than welcome to pitch your tent at my place. Give me a call before you take off
    Mongo
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  6. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Thanks LR...you know what? I aint got 1 bill left. Just 40 bucks a day for a year. I feel like a rich man...[​IMG]

    chuckklr04
    bpeterson
    dark
    kenr
    mongox

    Thank you all so much. Hope to see you on the road (I will stop by to say goodbye to you Mongox, and of course the beautiful Mongox wife.)
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  7. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor Supporter

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    Get your motor runnin'
    head out on that highway
    lookin' for adventure
    in whatever comes you way

    Safe travels Vance :thumb
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  8. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Hell ya! I can't wait to take my watch off and chuck it in the dirt like in Easyriders! hahahaha
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  9. sdmotor

    sdmotor Long timer

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    Getting to spend a year without headaches hassles or time schedules........Priceless

    Good luck. give a yell when/if you hit SDiego
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  10. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Man, there is something about riding “carefully” that will get you killed! I am carefully preparing for this trip on the 16<SUP>th</SUP>. Running around on the bike, buying spare parts, making sure that everything is working perfectly, changing all fluids, just basically feeling great about the bike and everything packed inside of it.

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    I am running to the library daily to keep up with emails and contact some friends on the East Coast and whatever, bla, bla, bla. I am riding really “carefully,” making sure to look at every intersection and every car that might pull out and just taking extra care as I want to make it out of this fucking city and to Mexico in one piece. Fucking A if I have not had 3 close encounters in the last week. Fucking morons I tell ya! I am going the speed limit, so I guess this means to them that it is OK to just pull out and ram into my ass.

    <o:p></o:p>

    I swear to God if I make it out of here without a serious case of road rage it will only be due to the fact that I have screamed FUCK! Inside of my helmet so loud that my earplugs fly out of my head! I’m going back to ripping around town, splitting traffic like I usually do. Ride safe…and apparently aggressive ya’ll.[​IMG]
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  11. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    Hey Vance,
    I know it's too cold now, but PM me if you get into central Colorado- Got a little guest cabin in Salida you're welcome to use. Dinner and a beer for good stories. Cabin even has heat if you're here when it's cold!
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  12. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Thanks Hayduke...I love your state. Will be by next year! :-)

    V
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  13. ARRRGGGHHNUT

    ARRRGGGHHNUT ARRGH! Rider

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    Vance, what kind of memory does you camera use?
    Mine uses compact flash, I'm thinking of buying a CF reader w/ USB, this way I'll rarely worry about hooking up the camera to any computer, just plug in the reader via USB, it could work a lot smoother on other's machines.
    CF reader/writers can be found $10-20... FYI...
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  14. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Shoot...I can't remember what it is called, but i know it has a regular memory card (about an inch long by 3/4 inches) and then something called a "duo" stick that you can ad. It came with a 32mb stick and I bought another 128mb stick, so I can take about 65 pictures at the highest resolution (4 mega pixels)

    I was planning on just doing some written updates once or twice per week and then posting links to my smugmug account when I can find a friend on the way who will let me load the pics. My camera came with "camera driver software" that has to be loaded onto a machine to grab the pictures. I could not figure out how to open the camera from IE like you mentioned. If there is a device where I could just stick the memory card into... and USB to a Kinkos machine without downloading software...that would be great!

    I am just waiting to get paid on the 4th of the month and was going to go to Frys and have them help me out if I don't figure it out here first. Your idea sounds great. I'll try and remember to look at the name of the stick when I go home. (back and forth to the library and home! BRAIN DAMAGE!)

    AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!1
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  15. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    I remembered the name of the thing. Here are the specs:

    Digimax 420 Specifications

    <TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=2 width=496 align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Image Sensor</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>4.0 Mega pixels </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Lens</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>SHD Lens f = 7.7 ~ 23.1mm
    Digital Zoom:
    Still Image mode :1.0X~ 4.0X, Play mode : 1.0X~5.0X(depends on image size) </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Viewfinder</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Real Image Optical viewfinder, 1.5" color TFT LCD </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Focusing</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Auto Focus </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Shutter</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Mechanical and Electronic shutter </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Exposure</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Program AE, Metering (C.W.A. & Spot) </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Flash</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Auto / Auto & Red - eye reduction / Slow sync / Fill-in flash / Flash off </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>White Balance</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Sunset / Fluorescent / Tungsten</TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Effects</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Normal, B&W, Sepia </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Shooting</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Scene Modes : Normal, Night Scene
    Shooting : Single, Continuous, AEB
    Histogram : Still mode & Play mode(with Shutter Speed, F. No.) </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Movie Clip</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Size : 15fps For 320x240 with Voice (Recording time : memory capacity dependent) </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Storage</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Internal memory : 16MB flash memory
    External memory(optional):SD /MMC Card (Upto256MB guaranteed) Image Size: Large : 2272x1704 pixels
    Medium : 1120x840 pixels
    Small : 544x408 pixels
    Photo: 2272x1504 pixels

    File Format:
    Still Image : JPEG (DCF), DPOF, EXIF
    Movie Clip : AVI (MJPEG)</TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Image Play</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Single image / Thumbnails / Slide show/ Movie Clip </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Interface</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Digital output connector : USB
    DC power input connector : 3.3V </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Power Source</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Included :2 x Alkaline Battery
    Optional :2 x Ni-MH batteries/I-Pack CR-V3 Lithium-ion Battery/AC adapter
    * Included battery may vary depending on sales region. </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Dimensions</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>109.7x59x39.6mm </TD></TR><TR><TD class=tdlabelsimpsm vAlign=top width=110>Software</TD><TD class=tdcontentsm vAlign=top width=310>Camera Drivers:
    Storage Driver (Windows98//98SE/2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.0~10.2)

    Application:
    MGI PhotoSuite, Digimax Viewer </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
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  16. ARRRGGGHHNUT

    ARRRGGGHHNUT ARRGH! Rider

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    Dude, they have sweet ones for your type, smaller than your tampons...:rofl:flip
    Here is an example from google search
    reader/writer
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  17. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Dude! You rule! You should work at Frys. I'll just get one and I should be able to use Kinkos everywhere. (most librarys don't have the boxes where you can see them, just the screens, keyboards and mice) Mice? hahahaha

    Anyway...problem solved. I will just quickly use kinkos to upload to smugmug and then go to the libraries to do the updates.

    Thanks!

    V
    PS...I use gerbils for tampons.[​IMG]
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  18. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    OK...here is my first attempt at linking from my smugmug account with a few pictures...here goes:

    Tekillya_John came over last night and bought up the last of my stuff and had a beer with me (in his own chair as I have none) :-)

    <img src="https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/photos/10624302-M.jpg">
    Here is said "last of stuff" he bought the 2 dart boards and TKC 80s.
    <img src="https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/photos/10624300-M.jpg">
    <img src="https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/photos/10624299-M.jpg">

    Now it's just me and the bike left. This is all packed up save the water proof rafting bag with spare clothes, large tarp and misc. stuff...Almost out of here!
    <img src="https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/photos/10624303-M.jpg">
    Jeeeez...is it time to leave yet?
    <img src="https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/photos/10409826-M.jpg">
    More after Mexico...thanks to all for the offers![​IMG]

    Vance
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  19. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Smugmug is up...

    https://vanceforster.smugmug.com/

    Looks like some places identify my camera as a hard drive through IE, but still won't let me upload pictures in the "drag and drop" feature of smugmug. (or maybe it's just down? there is a little red X in the upper left of the drag and drop box...) Firewall issues? Who knows... I shoulda bought a laptop...but that would have put me out of the loop for Baja...and I don't want to miss that.
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  20. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    The idea that is reflected in that photo is just really cool.

    Look me up when you come thru Denver, beer and dinner and a couch to sleep on is on me.