Category Archives: Practicalities

The practicalities of travel. Tips, tricks, ideas.

What is There to Say?

Well, it’s been quite a long time since my last post (I tried to drag them out for as long as possible) and an even longer time since the end of my trip around parts of the southern United States (and Colorado, Utah, California). Once I made it to the end of my journal, that was it. To be truthful I was hardly motivated to post the last several journal entries. I felt that once the trip ended, and in particular the cycling portion (with some exceptions), there was little point in writing or recording anything. Yet just the same, I saw the value in it, and so continued on, vacillating all the while.

I want to pick up the writing thing again, but I don’t know what that will entail, what topics I might discuss. The title of this blog has changed to reflect its stronger ties to myself as a photographer, rather than just a cycle touring blog, but truth be told I haven’t been photographing much over the last several months (though prior to that I had been fairly regularly), so there isn’t much in the realm of my own photography to munch on. But perhaps I may revisit some of those photographs, post some here along with my thoughts on photographing Annapolis (and Fort Lauderdale and NYC), and photography and art in general. I’m really hoping I’m able to find the time to fit it into my schedule; even taking the time to type all this is a minor miracle in itself, but it feels productive, and I’m enjoying it. Ultimately, hope is useless. I either will find the time, or I won’t. There is no point in hoping that I do something.

Additionally, I’ve written some short poems here and there, and I believe I have some recordings that I made over my iPhone while traveling that I have not yet transcribed, so perhaps that is another source of material for this blog.

Vague future plans for the coming months. Something international I’m thinking, but nebulous it all is still.

Boring Practicalities Update

As I am uncertain what updates are notified to you, my readers, I thought that I should pen a short update regarding my “Maps” page of this blog. I have at last updated it after finally finding a website that would convert the .fit files which my GPS produces, and is useless to everything except Garmin and Strava, to a .gpx file, which is basically the world standard for GPS tracking information. That said, if you wish to see what progress I’ve made, and more or less where I might currently be (only today will it be accurate, because I’m leaving tomorrow morning, until I get to Little Rock, AR where I will be able to update it again) you may take a peek now.

Also, if you’re interested in some simple statistics, if you click on each of the individual tracks, which are a merger of several days travels, you can see things such as distance, average speed, altitude change, total time (not sure if that’s pedaling time, or includes times when I’ve paused the tracking to have a snack or take a series of photographs, etc.), etc.