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Offline Smudgy

Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« on: October 02, 2021, 08:34:23 pm »
Despite the pandemic, I was able to get some touring in this summer. Just wanted to share it with y'all through video. If you have nothing better to do, check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.   
https://youtu.be/R3H-z6Uoty0

Offline staehpj1

Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2021, 07:29:02 am »
Very well done.  It captured a lot of the feeling of the route.  It brought back a lot of memories of the eastern part of Trans America for me and would be a great way for folks who are interest in riding it to get an idea of what to expect.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2021, 07:27:30 pm »
You have to go back. You left the garage door open.

Offline Smudgy

Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2021, 08:23:50 pm »
staephj1 - I read the kinds of questions that people ask on forums like this and maybe try to address them indirectly in the video. Like weather, dogs, hills, etc. That was the second time I rode that section of Kentucky and Virginia, there has to be an easier way!  Thanks again for watching.

John - Its one of those self-closers. Or, the wife slept in when I was leaving and closed it later. Movie magic isn't always pertfect. Thanks for watching!! Closely! Also, I was told, the Kentucky Derby is in Louisville, not Lexington. Oops.   

Offline HikeBikeCook

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Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2021, 05:06:23 am »
Another great video Paul!

I cannot believe that you will actually place you camera on those steep uphills, ride past for our entertainment, and then have to go back to retrieve it. I am not sure I would have been happy about having to go down the "wrong" side of the mountain at Rockfish Gap to get a hotel in Waynesboro, only to have to climb back over the next day. I would have probably been stealth camping at the point. For starting out easy you kicked up the mileage pretty quickly.

A couple of questions:
- How much does your rig weigh? That looks like a different bike than previous videos.
- It looks like you carry a drone, which one?
- You carry a tent, do you carry a stove?
- What do you use to edit your videos?
- What do you carry to charge all your electronics?

You probably found the C&O and GAP a bit boring after all of those hills, but we love it.
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Offline Smudgy

Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2021, 08:33:32 pm »
Another great video Paul!

I cannot believe that you will actually place you camera on those steep uphills, ride past for our entertainment, and then have to go back to retrieve it. I am not sure I would have been happy about having to go down the "wrong" side of the mountain at Rockfish Gap to get a hotel in Waynesboro, only to have to climb back over the next day. I would have probably been stealth camping at the point. For starting out easy you kicked up the mileage pretty quickly.

A couple of questions:
- How much does your rig weigh? That looks like a different bike than previous videos.
- It looks like you carry a drone, which one?
- You carry a tent, do you carry a stove?
- What do you use to edit your videos?
- What do you carry to charge all your electronics?

You probably found the C&O and GAP a bit boring after all of those hills, but we love it.
Thanks again for watching. You're right, I go to some lengths, but it's not just for your entertainment. I get a lot of kicks from making and watching the video myself. Did you notice, you don't see me zooming down a hill past the camera. Stopping on a downhill to go back and get the camera is worse. About stealth camping at Rockfish, that was an option, but I had no food (no dinner, no breakfast) and the nearest place to get food was Waynesboro. It was 4 miles down into Waynesboro and 4 miles back up a relatively easy hill the next day. And back on the trail I went. Relatively painless.
I took more rest days than normal. Along with the 21 days of riding, I took about 7 rest days during the trip. It never really got easy.
I've never weighed my rig. I guess 40-50 lbs. of gear. I don't travel particularly light. I use to tour on a 1981 Miyata 1000 (burgundy). I've since acquired several other bikes. I'm now riding a 1987 Miyata 1000 (gray). But my rig is constantly evolving over time.
Drone, yes. DJI Mavic Mini. I love it. I'm studying for my part 107 drone pilot license. Soon.
I carry a very light weight stove, some fuel and a small aluminum kettle to boil water. I seldom use it but I carry it, just in case.
I started out using Adobe Premiere Elements to edit video. I've since upgraded to Adobe Premiere Pro. It's more expensive, but slicker than whale snot.
Charging cords for cameras, drone and phone are pretty lightweight. The batteries are heavy. That can be a limiting factor. More batteries means more weight. Less batteries means I have to charge up more often. I mostly stay at hotels, so charging at night is no problem. But I don't think I could go more than 2 or 3 days without a serious charge up.
The C&O and GAP were not boring at all. They were quiet, quaint and car-free. Big hills are sometimes over-rated. Nice level trails are nice.   

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Trans America Trail The Eastern Third (video)
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2021, 11:18:54 pm »
Despite the pandemic, I was able to get some touring in this summer. Just wanted to share it with y'all through video. If you have nothing better to do, check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.   
https://youtu.be/R3H-z6Uoty0

That is a good video. I watched and listened.