This past weekend we made a trip to Outback Motorsports Complex where we could practice riding in sand. We’ll encounter a wide variety of riding surfaces when crossing the Trans-America Trail. The more we practice we get in riding as a group, on a variety of surfaces, the better we will become at managing, maintaining, and riding as a group. After putting in around 50 miles of riding on a beautiful winter day, we are realizing how much of an adventure this really will be for us. We work well as a group and enjoy each other’s company. The next few months will be packed with preparations and planning. June 1st will be here faster than we know it!
The further we get into planning the more and more we realize all the things we have to do in-order to be prepared for this trip and what we plan to accomplish. The extra layer of photography and videography makes for more thoughtful planning. Fortunately, we have some amazing companies helping us in achieving our goals. Chris and I have spent many weeks contacting companies who make products that we believe perfectly suit the needs of our goals. Little by little our support team is growing and plans are evolving into what we hope to be an epic adventure that will be documented in an unforgettable way. The first company to show us support was Sena, who was immensely helpful in getting us connected with their 20s bluetooth communication system and Prism action cameras. It didn’t take long and we were making leaps and bounds towards making this trip much more feasible. Much of what we want to do with this trip would have been considerably more difficult or simply impossible without their help. We are so thankful to have such an amazing set of sponsors!
While we work out details about making the trip, we are also trying to make an effort to regularly train as a team. We need to build our stamina for riding 8+ hours a day for a month straight and get a better sense of how we will work as a group while on the trail. Teamwork is essential to get all 4 of us to the Pacific Ocean. We have so much left to do and will use every bit of time between now and June to get ready!
Chris and I spent today at Devils Ridge MX to get some riding in and experiment with taking pictures. When we leave for the TAT we will have to manage carrying camera gear and learning how to efficiently set up shots without slowing the pace of our trip too significantly. This was a good test run for the 2 of us to set up a few shots in places that are probably a good bit more technical than most of what we will see on the TAT. We learned pretty quickly that wether we’re shooting with GoPros or still cameras, we need to ride really close together to get shots that are dynamic enough to be engaging. An intervalometer and remote triggers are going to be used frequently. We used the intervalometer a few times but I am beginning to think I need to create a way to use radio triggers to take the pictures at the ideal moment. Probably by adding a trigger by my left thumb so I can shoot while riding. Doing rides like this help iron out those little details.