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Old 01-06-10, 02:23 PM   #1
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Ride the Trans Am in six minutes and eighteen seconds.

Adventure Cycling's "Bike Bits" just pointed this video out. Bret Taylor mounted a camera to his bike handlebar and took pictures on a regular basis as he and a group of friends rode the Trans Am raising money for Multiple Sclerosis. About every five miles according to Bike Bits. Let's help Bret go viral! 40 views as of right now.

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Great video and soundtrack! Thanks for posting!
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Up to more than 300 views.

Makes me want to try it.
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this won't ever "go viral" because it is boring and uninteresting.
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this won't ever "go viral" because it is boring and uninteresting.
Have to agree. I'm hoping to ride the TA this summer or something close to it and after about 90 seconds I closed it and said (maybe) I'll get back to it

I did watch another video of the TA that I enjoyed though it is not the epitome of excitement either
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It's more interesting once you've done it.
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Became very boring.
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It's more interesting once you've done it.
+1 Take the trip, then enjoy the video.

Edited: I find myself continuously pausing to see certain pictures. Love the one with the buffalo standing right in the middle of the road.

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It's more interesting once you've done it.
Bingo. I loved it, but if I hadn't done the TA, I would have been bored.
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The Bike Bits editor commented, and I have to agree, there were relatively few cars captured in the pictures, particularly in the east. For those of you having done the Trans Am, was it really that traffic free?

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If you have a short attention span there's a three minute version.

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The Bike Bits editor commented, and I have to agree, there were relatively few cars captured in the pictures, particularly in the east. For those of you having done the Trans Am, was it really that traffic free?

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Much of it is.

I think there are either a few missing sections or he took a different route than the official TA at some points. For example I didn't see Colonial Parkway at all. So maybe some of the busier sections were not there, but yes there was tons of empty roads and watching the vid had the same feel as I remember from the ride.
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I agree it's boring, but if you can't handle that, maybe a cross-country bike ride is not for you. And I think it could have been done better (more artfully). That said, I watched the whole thing and enjoyed it. If I were planning a cross-country ride, I'd love to have this kind of footage of a dozen different routes so I could pick the one I like best.
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Interesting video, I enjoyed it. One thing I noted from it, and something I had felt anyway, was that there are far more memorable days you remember out west than east on the TransAm. I did it E-W and in watching that video I was unable to pick out anything recognizable until Kansas. Sure it looked familiar, and I could tell they were in either Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois or Missouri, but it was very difficult to know exactly where, a lot of it does look the same out East. However once they hit Kansas I could pretty much follow it exactly and know exactly where they were at any given time, just far more things stood out for me personally, did anyone else feel that?
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Aak, it almost gave me a seizure.
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I agree I didn't make it across the US. No map, hard to follow (I did some sections). annoyingly fast, when I got to my sections before I could bring back memories they were already in WY.

Nice try.
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I agree it's boring, but if you can't handle that, maybe a cross-country bike ride is not for you.
Ha ha ha. Because sitting on your computer watching a video of someone else riding a bike can be compared to actually riding your bike across the country?
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Ha ha ha. Because sitting on your computer watching a video of someone else riding a bike can be compared to actually riding your bike across the country?
that is exactly what I thought as well.
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Interesting video, I enjoyed it. One thing I noted from it, and something I had felt anyway, was that there are far more memorable days you remember out west than east on the TransAm. I did it E-W and in watching that video I was unable to pick out anything recognizable until Kansas. Sure it looked familiar, and I could tell they were in either Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois or Missouri, but it was very difficult to know exactly where, a lot of it does look the same out East. However once they hit Kansas I could pretty much follow it exactly and know exactly where they were at any given time, just far more things stood out for me personally, did anyone else feel that?
I suspect that things stick out more readily in your memory the further west you get is that anything of note does stick out in the vast expanses of the West. More open land with less to see (or more—depending on what you like to experience). I thought it was all pretty grand. Though, I did get really tired of sage.

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I agree it's boring, but if you can't handle that, maybe a cross-country bike ride is not for you.
Ha ha ha. Because sitting on your computer watching a video of someone else riding a bike can be compared to actually riding your bike across the country?
Well, yeah, you have a point there.

But you also have to take into account the context of a Youtube, where you have the alternative of everything else on the internet (not to mention doing your job). Against those alternatives, this video comes up short.

I guess I saw it more as an instructional video than as entertainment.
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