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Archive for April 6th, 2014

The First Annual Dutchess Rail Trail Muster of Recumbent Riders

Did a 38 mile end-to-end ride on the Dutchess Rail Trail yesterday in the company of a dozen recumbents drawn to The First Annual Dutchess Rail Trail Muster of Recumbent Riders

Some of the group in the parking lot of the Hopewell Junction Depot:

Recumbent Riders - Hopewell Junction Depot - 2014-04-05

Recumbent Riders – Hopewell Junction Depot – 2014-04-05

Rolling out:

Recumbent Riders - Leaving Hopewell Junction Depot - 2014-04-05

Recumbent Riders – Leaving Hopewell Junction Depot – 2014-04-05

The ADA nubbly strips at North Grand Avenue remain missing in action:

Recumbent Riders - North Grand Avenue Crossing - 2014-04-05

Recumbent Riders – North Grand Avenue Crossing – 2014-04-05

A highracer gingerly navigates the low-speed gauntlet to the Walkway Over the Hudson:

Recumbent Riders - Walkway Over the Hudson Entrance - 2014-04-05

Recumbent Riders – Walkway Over the Hudson Entrance – 2014-04-05

The pix come from the Sony HDR-AS30V helmet camera video, set to 1920×1080 / 120° @ 60 frame/s. They’ve had a bit of refocusing and color adjustment, but nothing can dramatically improve them. The video looks better only because eyes aren’t as fussy with moving images. I’m not red-hot pleased with the resolution & compression, but the camera is what it is.

The lens carried a smear on the upper-right quadrant that shows the sensitivity of the optical path.

Memo to Self: Clean the lens and keep fingers off!

That’s harder than it may seem. The Start button is on the back of the body, recessed far enough into the skeleton frame to require an index finger rather than a thumb, and it’s remarkably easy to touch the bulging fisheye lens with your (well, my) thumb; a touch is all it takes to create a nice smear.

I started and ended at home, rather than at the Hopewell Junction end, but you get the general idea:

DCRT Muster - GPS Track - 2014-04-05

DCRT Muster – GPS Track – 2014-04-05

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