Thursday, March 28, 2013

Baja Video Blog - Episode 4

Wherein I do my best impression of a TV talking head due to a lack of footage and photos from our 5 nights in San Ignacio, we attempt to rebuild Brad's bike in a small town far from anywhere, and we have an incredible encounter with two very friendly Gray Whales.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Baja Video Blog - Episode 3

Wherein I go an entire day on dirt without dropping or somersaulting my bike, we stay on a ranch and discover where beef comes from, and Brad's Big Red Pig suffers its most serious breakdown yet.

Also, I realize that Google Maps' coverage of Baja is quite scant and it's difficult to find many of the places and routes I've been talking about. I modified the GPS routes we used for navigation to reflect the routes we actually took, converted it to a KML file, and uploaded it to Google Maps. Because these are off-road GPS routes, each leg won't follow the trail or road we took perfectly, but each turning point should be pretty close to right on our route. You can access the Google Map of our entire trip here [new window].

Monday, March 11, 2013

Back from Baja

I got back from my two week dirt bike trip down Baja California on Thursday to find a letter from the FAA waiting me, approving my special issuance medical. Now I'm waiting for the company to come up with a return to service plan for me, but expect I'll be flying again very soon.

In the meantime I'm having a little fun with the photos and film from the Baja trip. This was one of those trips that didn't go even remotely as planned, sometimes to the point of extreme frustration. Through it all, we met many fantastic people and had amazing experiences we never would have had if everything went according to plan. In short, it was a real adventure.

Partly because I got so much GoPro footage, I decided to try something different in how I report the trip on this blog. Rather than doing a lengthy writeup, I'm putting together several documentary episodes - video blogs, really - about the trip. I expect the first one to be ready shortly. In the meantime, I put together a short (4 minute) music video featuring some of the best action of the trip. Enjoy!