Originally Posted by Bobnoxous
The SPOT tracking is pretty cool. You need to use the SPOT radio to do this, right?How are you taking the pics while riding?
Yep, I made it. Day 4 started relatively early (on the road by 8, early for me) and I made it to Madison for lunch time. My favorite restaurant, Paisan's, changed locations a couple of years ago so I had to track them down. (I went to college in Madison, 20 years ago now, and worked at Paisan's for 4 years, so it was fun to go back, even knew a few people who are still there!)
Then it was a quick ride to my sister's lake house, and chill time. Tomorrow I make a run to Mischler's BMW in Beaver Dam for a new rear tire, the BT020 is well worn now, belts starting to show through! I've got a PR2B waiting for me. Also starting to have low voltage warnings when starting the bike, so they're going to check and hopefully replace the battery for me.
You do need a SPOT radio for the tracking. It's $150 for the unit and about $100/year for the service. Couldn't be simpler to use, press a button to turn it on and leave it on all day, press another button to send an "OK" message with your current location. (There are two more buttons, for "Help" i.e. send a tow truck, and "911" i.e. send an ambulance, but I've never pressed them!)
I'm taking pictures with my Canon 870, it's a great camera for shooting while riding. 8 mega pixel, image stabilization, and 28mm equivalent wide angle lens. I keep it in the tank bag and can pull it out, snap a shot, and get it back in in under 30 seconds. I should have brought a tripod though! There have been a couple of places where I wished I could get in the shot, but had no way to set it up. Maybe I'll go buy a cheap collapsible one before the trip back.
I start home on Sunday, taking the long way. I have 7 days to do what I did in 3 1/2 on the way out, so instead of riding 12+ hours a day I can explore more, set up camp, etc. I'm really looking forward to that. (Also going to South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho!)