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Sunday May 10, 2015
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on May 3, 2015 at 2:15 PM||comments (19)|
Well, that was a great party! Standing room only inside and out. I received a lot of "regrets" during the day so wasn't sure how many would be there. It would have been insane had everyone showed up.
The skies opened right at the beginning, sending some slush down onto the deck for 1/2 hour. After that it was smooth sailing.
I was overwhelmed by all of the sincere wishes of good luck and safe travel. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life. I hope I can bring you all back a great film of the great adventure.
Someone left a big silver bowl behind. I will leave it out on the deck in case I'm not around when you come by.
I am experiencing a lot of mixed feelings as departure approaches, and have become aware of the sheer magnitude of the change coming up. To my friends who have done similar trips, I am just now beginning to understand your experience. Thanks again to all who shared the evening.
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 27, 2015 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Awoke at 5:00 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep. My passport, complete with Belarus and Russian visas, arrived today.
Working hard at bringing some order to the film gear chaos. Even though this is an ultra-light kit, there are still many many parts and pieces to check, organize and put into accessible containers. Cameras, mounts, lenses, memory, light, audio and everything needed to power it all. I constantly walk the edge of overwhelm.
Meanwhile, Darren is working on my deck. I paused my other work to pick up more lumber and screw on the deck planks.
There is bike work to be done too. More maps, a GoPro mount and some ominous government mail came today.
A fine massage this morning.
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 24, 2015 at 10:05 PM||comments (18)|
We both have our Russain and Belarus visas and passports are on their way home! A big hurdle is behind us.
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 24, 2015 at 2:45 AM||comments (18)|
Spent much of my day reviewing a couple of dozen SD cards, saving the necessary info (not much), formatting them and putting them into their little plastic boxes and thence into various little pouches, separating the micro SD cards from the regular SD cards. The micros go with the GoPro and the audio recorders.
Also dug out my microphones and audio recorders. My lav mic has mysteriously disappeared but he wireless transmitter and receiver haven't. Optioned the recorders, checked and bought batteries as required. Yesterday, I did other technical camera and audio related chores, as well as putting my music into a usable form for the trip. All necessary but tedious.
Labelled my portable HDDs, worked out how to transfer files through my phone, etc. etc. This after a couple of days of thinking I really needed to take along a small laptop, trying to resuscitate my netbook, throwing it in the garbage, blah blah and blah. Lighter this way.
All of this has to go into various pouches and cases. Steady but painful and often lonely progress. Oh yeah - I got the Russian visa!! As did Ewa.
Maps and kite arrived in the mail. Also found my second piece of Edziza lava, long lost, in the duffel bag I used for my mobile social worker job.
Tonight I emailed off a supplementary letter for my Belarus visa application, ordered a new battery for my phone (it had suddenly started to show its age).
Went to the Reel Paddling Festival. A good film on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, among others. The Museum of Broken Hearts exhibit at the gallery was heart-breakingly sad, at least for me. i so miss my dog.
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM||comments (24)|
Since we're making a film of this little trip, I need a laptop along to interface with the three 2 TB HDDs that will store the video files. I pulled out my little netbook the other day and fired it up, for the first time in almost a year. It behaved strangely and was terribly slow. I messed with it for awhile but gave it up. Took it to the store and signed it up for service. That was $50 so I looked at the new ones on the shelf.
There was one there for $350 so I bought it, paying $200 with the prepaid credit card they gave me as a going away gift at work. That eased the pain. I picked up my old one and took it home too, saving the $50. I am a little uneasy about taking a new netbook along, what with hazards on the way. I wouldn't hurt so much to lose the old one.
The new netbook proved to be better but no great shakes at speed. I messed with that (and its Windows 8 OS) for a day and took it back. Had a discussion with the service guy and he hinted it may just be a software problem with the old one. So I spent some time on the net looking for info on formatting it, which I eventually found.
Did the procedure and it went fine except now the screen has been telling me "Setup is starting services" for over an hour. Hope begins to dim, again. This is tedious and time-consuming stuff.
On another note, I got the website blog going so this will appear on the Facebook group page and Sybirakcycle.com. This followed a telephone discussion with Ewa about using the web interface to make the changes. It's a little surreal talking to her about this and other preparations as the clock winds down to departure. The Things To Do list remains long.
But, the sun is shining over a breezy blue sky . . .
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM||comments (20)|
After weeks of wrangling and sweating, Ewa got her Russian visa today! Belarus should be soon. Me? Still waiting to hear from them. Patience my son.
|Posted by Sybirak Cycle on April 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
We are still willing to accept one or two more riders for portions of the trip. Message us here.