This ride reminds me of one from years ago – Tim is sending out short messages from his hand-held. The difference is that the PDA is no longer a Palm Pilot. Now he has an iPhone and I can also add photographs and comments from an iPad. Technology is marching along.
For the first two days of our trip I have been getting to know Tim’s Lumix G1. There are many controls I still don’t understand, but I like it better and better as I continue to practice. I have many more photographs than anyone would want to see. I also have a new editing application. Thanks to Mike Miller’s recommendation, I bought Photogene for $2.99. It is more powerful than the Adobe Photoshop Express, but still easy to use. Thanks Mike – another toy to play with and learn.
I’m writing this chapter from Oneonta. We have traveled for two days – 60 miles the first day and 30 miles the second. Today is a rest day in Oneonta. Last night I played with Photogene. I was too tired to make much progress (90 miles in two days is way over any training we did this spring) but I did (in the story) almost get us away from our house.
and it’s time to leave. I think I now see most of what Photogene can do. I’ll work again on this blog in the morning. Maybe adding text to every photo is a bit much. For now, I’ll stick to comments on the side.
The story continues:
Tim decides we should skip our mad blast down Buffalo Road (often our fastest speed for the entire trip) and go down Speed Hill Road instead. It will cut about three miles off our trip and save a climb on Rt. 79.
Speed Hill Road is very steep (as Peter, Paul, and Daniel know very well). However, there is no ice problem today, so with a lot of help from our front disc brakes and the back drag brake we make it to the bottom with no trouble.
Still in the “we’re-leaving-home” state of mind, I say goodbye to our friends as we pass their houses and streets.
After studying Lee Friedlander last semester in photography class, I try my hand at including our mirror in several photographs. I think I need more practice.
for some chain lubricant. This is the first discovery of a forgotten item. Later I discover that we have forgotten the degreaser for cleanup, but I also discover that sun block oil and a kleenex will do the job just as well.
, I wonder if I am more or less tired than I was the last time we made this trip in one day. I think I am no more tired, and maybe a little less. I attribute this to Tim’s careful monitoring of our speed (no heavy breathing!) and the fact that we have packed lighter than ever before.
Next post – the ride from Bainbridge to Oneonta.