Mini-Epic Ride 2018: My Own Backyard!

It feels like ages since I last took a long road trip. Well, it’s gonna be a bit longer, I guess, since this one is just a trip around the Sierra Nevadas. My own backyard, if you will. My friend Mike got himself a Triumph Bonneville last year and he’s been itching to go on a ride. Hell, I’m game. My KLR650 might not be fast, but it gets the job done, and looks alright doing it.

Mike found the route by lurking in some motorcycle forums and this one is supposed to be outstanding. Mountain roads and scenic valleys, much like you’d see riding to Yosemite but without the traffic. Mix in some small towns and a few ghost towns, and you have what looks like an epic ride. I’m going by what he tells me and I have no reason to doubt him!

It’s gonna be an all day affair, waking up at the asscrack of dawn. Mike is an early riser, so I”m sure this will be just another day for him. Google says it’s 7 hours and 20 minutes. We’ll see soon enough.

As for gear, I’ve got the antique GoPro Hero 3 on the charger, bought a new swivel helmet mount for the thing, and dug up a couple spare batteries. I cleared out the memory card which happened to have video from my last Epic Ride around Utah…goddamn that was a good trip. Anyway, loading up on water and bringing a couple extra layers of clothing. You never know what weather the mountains are gonna give ya. Also bought me a fresh, clean, new, reflective visor. Mike…he’s got old school goggles, going for a classic Triumph look.

Hopefully I’ll be posting photos and video in the next day or so!

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Day 8 of the Great Escape: The Isle of Skye

Here we are, a couple weeks later and I’m finally getting off my ass and publishing the video edit of our 8th day in the UK. We went to the Isle of Skye on a near perfect day. Clear skies and around 70 degrees, almost unheard of in Scotland. On the road, we came across Eilean Donan Castle, the Fairy Pools, and a small seaside town called Portree. 

Thanks to Mega Uber Ultra for the use of some of their music. The rest of the music is rights free and came with the video editing software, Luma Fusion.

Enjoy Day 8!

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Well, That Was A Nice Idea

Video blogging on a globe trotting adventure sounded good when I started. Traveling to “first world” European countries seemed like a no brainer. I’ll shoot some video and upload it to YouTube. Ha! We have not had decent wireless internet access since landing in the UK. We’ve had AirBnBs in London, Fort William, Edinburgh, and Belfast and not a single internet connection could hold a candle to the worst days of Charter Communication’s Spectrum service back home. No joke This is is pathetic. 10 Mbps is the fastest we’ve had in 2 1/2 weeks. This beautiful Belfast apartment seems like the perfect lodging; fourth floor, modern apartment penthouse overlooking the ghetto…err city. Yet, we’ve managed a paltry 1.6 Mbps upload and .5 Mbps upload. Might as well be the 4th fucking century. Not sure why you’d list “WiFie” as one of the features of your AirBnB if in fact a set of semefore flags would be a better option for shouting out to the world.

Propaganda at the Titanic Experience in Belfast

Yeah, I know some of you pricks will say “fuck you Jack, you’re spending 2 1/2 weeks abroad! First world problems! You need to turn off your phone and enjoy the moment.” Well, I say screw that! I’m a 21st century asshole that wants to stay connected while I’m traveling other first world modern countries. I’ve got shit to do…granted, none of it matters in the grand scheme of things. I’m reasonable. If I were in the middle of the outback in Australia or the Amazon jungle I’d expect difficulties connecting. But I’m not. I’m in the fucking UK.

Anyway, my point is that I’m unable to upload my goofy videos until I get the hell out of this third world shithole called Belfast City. Ok, it’s not really all that bad of a city. Our last cab driver referred to it as a “shite hole!” Cab drivers are interesting characters. They tell you shit you’d be happy to live the rest of your life not knowing. For example, Northern Ireland has seen peace only since 1998 or so. The “Troubles” have finally come to an end. It seems Belfast might not be rocked by car bombs anymore, but sectarian conflict still erupts. Specifically in July and August. They riot in the streets as part of some goofy holiday. It’s like the whole city goes nuts and it’s like 1968 all over again. Ugh. Fucking people. Not that America has it any better. It took a black president to remind us what racist cunts we are. Now we have a Jagoff-in-Chief. I refuse to say his name…


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Day 7 in Glencoe and Kilchurn Castle

Oh my, I’m running far behind again. Let us revisit day 7 of the Great Escape as we head out on a rainy Wednesday morning to see the highlands and a ruined castle at low tide.

I really thought these video blogs would be easier than gathering all the photos and typing snarky commentary. I was wrong. I started this edit 3 days ago on the train from Fort William. Guess that’s another lesson learned. I’ll follow up this post with a 360 compilation. 

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Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in 360

I’m still documenting the Great Escape 2017 in 360. The Insta360 Nano is continuing to work like a champ. 

Needless to say, it was a good time. 

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Bats! The Highland Terror

The continuing saga of a man haunted by blood thirsty bats the size of house cats. After months of hunting and running from the flying horrors, our protagonist has fled to the Scottish Highlands where he hopes to find the secrets of the BATS!

Part 1

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Part 3

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Part 4

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Part 5

Part 6

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Part 7

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Part 8

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Day 5 and 6: Train to Fort William

A funny thing happened on the way to Fort William…

The 4th day of the trip was going well. We went to the National Gallery and saw some amazing art. 

We crossed the Thames and enjoyed being ridiculous tourists.

We hung out in a cozy pub biding our time. 

We even got back to the train station way ahead of time to have a couple beers at this cool little pub right at the entrance of the station. 

Unfortunately, we got our times wrong. We thought we were leaving at 10:30, but in fact, the train left at 8:30. Shitty part about it…we were sitting right outside the station having a grand ol’ time. Enjoying our last lazy day in London. 

That night we got a tiny hotel room near the station after arranging for new tickets to Fort William. We were wrecked. We slept a really poor two hours before waking up at the ass crack of dawn to catch our new train. Barbara’s a real trooper, very cool under pressure. A good travel companion!

Now I must sleep. Tomorrow, we drive to the highlands!

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