Tag Archives: iPhone

End of January Bike Ride

Angel and I got ice cream from Viva! Vegetarian Grill today. The second greatest vegan ice cream, only to my own. 😉 Viva has the best soft serve, with great flavors to choose from, all organic, with specialty ingredients. They have new flavors every couple weeks. Angel got Mocha and I got Apple Spice. After that, we rode down to the river paths around Alton Baker Park to see the flooded areas. The flooding had receded, but the water is still high enough that some of it covers or reaches the edges of the path. Later saw a Penny-farthing.

Mocha Icecream Apple Spice Icecream North Bank Path Sign Flooded Path May Be Flooded When River Rises By the River Bank Surly and The Tree Penny-farthing

Here’s a nice video we made of the ride.

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Fern Ridge Lake Ride

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area MapFriday I ate pizza with Angel between classes at Pegasus Pizza. Afterwards, I went on a ride out to Fern Ridge Lake. It’s nice to get out on a good ride during the break in the winter weather. I had never ridden out to the lake itself; Angel and I had only ridden out to the end of Fern Ridge Bike Path on the first day we moved to Eugene. It was my First Post on my blog. I didn’t know where I was going to go I  just figured if I went west from Fern Ridge Bike Path I would have to run into the lake. So ended up going straight out Royal Ave, right of the bike path, and ran into something I didn’t know existed (it’s not marked on Google Maps) but it was a part of the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Royal Ave runs right to the divide of the Royal Amazon Unit and Fisher Butte Unit. It was a great ride and when the weather gets nicer I will have to ride out again and spend more time hiking around the wildlife area.

Pizza With Angel for Lunch My Pizza Wetlands Bridge Railroad Tie Who Sunk the Bike? Horses With Jackets Bird Lookout Wetlands Drain Cattails Path Damn Looking at Spencer Butte

Here are two panoramas from the ride. Click photo to view fully.
This is a large field of geese; all the black dots are geese feeding.
Geese Feild
From a bird watching deck at the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.
Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

I took this nice little video, it’s so calm out there. Just the wind and birds.
-Sorry there was a mess up and the full 3:47 video posted. I might fix it later.

First Snow in Eugene, Photos & Videos

Today(1-15-12) was the first day it snowed in Eugene, Oregon this season. It didn’t snow much, some heavy flurries, but nothing that sticks. Angel and I walked around a bit and took some nice photos and videos of the day. I wish I could have gotten up in the hills where it looked like it was frosted over, and might have stuck to the ground a little more.

Bike Heart Sticker Greenery
On the Fence Bamboo
Upturned Leaf Boat Green Army

Short Video I took during the first snow fall.

Time-Lapse Video of the snow fall.

Winter Break with Family, Photos

Here are some photos from my Instagram over the past week with Angel’s sister and dad visiting. We spent lots of time in Portland with her sister walking around, hiking MacLeay City Park and Ecola State Park along the beach, as well as some other things through out the week.

Tree decorated in MacLeay Park Angel in MacLeay Park Wildwood Kids Ground Kontrol Rocky Butte Portland Oregon - White Stage Sign Burnside Bridge Up Lantern Tour Best Fort Vancouver Tour Guide Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich and Mac and Cheese In line, and it's not even for presents, they are returns of items under warranty. LEGO with a Target gift cards, I'm more exited about the LEGO. CROWD, wooden puzzle Christmas Cookies Sun Atlas cargo bike - my next bike, so fun to ride Brian Warner Sea Foam Log Whale Snag Tsunami Angel Beefriended Someone Angel and I Dragon Noodles Sizzle Pie Christmas Morning Sunrise - Off I-5 Home for Christmas

Review: New Bike Maps App for iPhone

Bike Maps A new app has been released recently to help with navigation on your bike if you own an iPhone. Bike Maps – Bicycle Directions for Commuting and Touring by Burning Robot is the new app offering turn by turn directions for bikes.

This is a review for Bike Maps Version 1.o.1 (12-13-11), I will try and do updated reviews if and when the newer versions are available.

Features
• Turn by turn directions
• Search by keyword or address
• Get bike directions from your current location
• Prioritizes bike paths and lanes
• Avoids busy streets

I downloaded this app for $1.99 to try it out myself. The app uses the power of Google Map’s Bike Route feature. Over all this app is very clean, and works fast over 3G cell service, but might be lacking some features some people might like. Some of what it is lacking is due to some flaws with Google’s Bike Routing, some are things the app developers might have not decided to add in.

The app is quick to access. Runs well pulling up maps over the 3G. When you open it up it takes you straight into the map, with a Search/Address bar at the top. Pretty bare bones which can bee good. You simply type in what you want in the search bar. Say “bike shop” it will give you the shops in your location, just like Google would. You click the pin on the map then it brings up information about that location, and you can just click the “Bike Directions” button on the page. From your current location only, you will be given a single suggested bike route to that location (the best bike route, according to Google, including distance, and time it will take). The route is highlighted on the map and the written directions are shown one at a time at the top of the screen, allowing you to see the map and directions at the same time. You then can click through arrows at the top right to use the turn by turn directions, which give you the distance and where to turn each step of the way.

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Here are some things the app is lacking in comparison to the full desktop version of Google’s Bike Route feature. It doesn’t show highlighted bike routes, instead it just shows the standard map view. It would be nice if it showed the highlighted map view, then you could use it to plan your own routes. The app also doesn’t suggest multiple routes to choose from, it uses the very first route that would come up if you used the full desktop version. This can be bothersome because in many situations the first choice Google suggests is not the best one. Also there is no way to edit routes yourself. And the app only allows you to get directions from your current location. For the most part this will be fine, but it would be nice to be able to plan out routes from other locations.

I like this app even with what it might lack right now, it’s a good, straight-forward bicycle routing app and it lets you use Google’s Bike Routing feature on your iPhone. So if that is what you want, this will work for you. Also, there are no ads, which is always good.

Available on the App Store

To Burning Robot LLC or the developer:
I have not found a way to contact you. I would like to find out more about what they are working on. So if you are out there please contact me.

Fall Bicycle Ride Video

Yesterday Angel and I went on a nice ride yesterday during the warmer weather. We rode along the bicycle paths in Alton Baker Park.

Here are a couple other videos from earlier this year I haven’t posted.
Summertime ride similar to this last one.

From our bicycle tour in August.

This is a video from our very first day after we moved Eugene, it was in my first blog post.

iPod

The Apple iPod is 10 years old today. My first iPod(only 5years old) was a 60gb 5th Generation that I purchased with money from my first real job. I have loved my iPod for so long. It has never failed me. This iPod has listened to many days of audiobooks and podcast with me, and hopefully will continue on for years.

iPod 5th gen & iPod6th gen

Left: my iPod 5th gen Right: my girlfriend's iPod 6th gen

I am lucky to now also have an iPad that I use for everything and an iPhone, but I still prefer the iPod for ease of audiobook/music listening.