I’m trying something new: producing quick-and-dirty video guides to some local bicycling trails.
Two early samples are attached, below.
This all is fallout from last May, when I got an e-bike --- a mostly-pedal bike with a user-controllable electric motor assist.
I wrote about the initial experience here: The first 100miles are the hardest... (Fred gets an e-bike)
I followed up a bit later in The second hundred miles(Fred's e-bike adventures continue)
I’ve now ridden about 1,400 miles; I hope to hit 1,500 before I park the bike for the winter.
The videos are intended to complement the usual written descriptions and still photos that many trail- and rail-to-trail sites offer; the videos let riders preview a given trail, end-to-end, but via time-lapse, to save time. A trail that might actually take an hour to ride can be previewed in about 7 minutes.
This way, a rider can quickly get the gist of a trail --- surfaces, elevation changes, scenery, and so on. This should make trail selection easier and more reliable.
- Video 1: The Northern Strand Community Trail (south to north@8x). This trail starts out in an urban area, passes through the heart of Malden City, then crosses woody suburbs to arrive at the salt marshes of Boston’s North Shore. It’s a very pleasant ride.
See Notes/comments section on Youtube for more info on the trail itself; on the hardware used for the video; and so on.
If the embedded video is too small/crappy, try the native link: https://youtu.be/0nA5LkUpfQk
- Video 2: What's beyond the end of the Northern Strand
Community Trail? The
Northern Strand Community Trail currently (Oct 2016) ends at 826 Lincoln
Avenue, Lynn, MA 01905; 42.460122,
-70.988838 . But the old railroad right-of way continues for some distance.
This video follows the old right of way to downtown Lynn.
The right-of-way is undeveloped and has potentially dangerous sections. See the Notes/comments section on Youtube for more on the trail; on the hardware used; and so on.
Once again, if the embedded video isn't OK, try the native link: https://youtu.be/-9QZbR-5sb0
Hope you enjoy!