2014 Adventure Tour

Fruita, Colorado

Fruita, Colorado

I had plans to do a few things this summer… One was to visit my Aunt and cousins I had not seen in years in Sheboygan, WI., and also to take a trip to paddle and ride around the west. It made sense to pack up my gear and make a trip out of it. I’d stop each day at a destination, to ride or paddle and move on.

Helpful in planning my route was Garmin Basecamp, Riderplanet.com and Bing Maps. My gear consisted of a Husqvarna TE 310 R, SIC Maui X-14 Pro, and a Specialized Epic MTB. Lake or mountain trails were destinations I needed to find daily. First day out was Flagstaff, Arizona, as I had done this route last fall and provides cooler temps at altitude and 2 great trail networks north and south of town open to dirt bikes and mtb.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

This time instead of a direct route to Durango, went east and up to Santa Fe for a night. Great place to relax for the night and morning as I planned to ride up to 60 miles near Taos on the Husky.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

After Taos was to Pueblo for a day to paddle the reservoir and re-supply. Dillon, Colorado to paddle and ride the Husky above Breckenridge…

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska to paddle after the prior nights storm…

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

Lake McConaughy, Nebraska

Council Bluffs Lake, Madison, Wis., and into Sheboygan, Wis., my furthest east destination.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Returning I tracked further north towards the Black Hills, then Cheyenne, Dillon, Fruita and Ouray, Colorado.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Last night was in Flagstaff once again so I could ride the Husky in the morning before heading home. All in all an excellent trip. Missed the tornados and storms and no breakdowns along the way. It is a bonus today to be able to map routes efficiently with time to destinations and satellite imagery. So many great places to visit here in the USA. A gallery of my adventure shot with my Nokia Lumia Icon (dng files)…

 

Nokia Lumia Icon

I recently updated my phone from the Nokia 710 to the new Icon from Verizon. I wanted a better camera and the Icon provides the ability to shoot raw files as .dng, as well the ability to crop or basically do a lossless zoom at any time while shooting or in post. One also can define the shooting aspect ratio as shown…

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With the 5 mpxl and 16 mpxl .jpg selected you can resize on the fly non destructively, thereby allowing you to resize again at any time or revise aspect ration…

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I am using the 16×9 16 mpxl dng + 5 mpxl .jpg mode so I can process in Adobe Lightroom. The phone always uploads the 5 mpxl version of the file and if using the dng mode it will only use the 5 mpxl version for resizing so in that mode you lose the benefit of the second full resolution image. I would be uploading any full resolution final images later from Lightroom so the benefit of dng allows better control of white balance and any other parameters. The .jpg processing is excellent and good enough to never really need to shoot in dng. What it does do though is decrese any noise with a fair amount of noise reduction and so I have created a preset in Lightroom to lessen just a bit that noise reduction but gaining the ability to adjust white balance as desired and resize and then output at a high resolution or upsample if needed for large prints from my Epson 3800.

All in all the Nokia Lumia Icon is a great phone/camera. It’s screen resolution and pixel density if the highest and best looking to date of any phone. As my eyesight is deteriorating, that was a compelling reason to have it. As smartphone cameras eclipse compact cameras in image quality and portability it’s great to have along in a pocket while riding my dirt bike. When in areas with no wifi it is also nice with it’s fast LTE service to be able to pass files from laptop to phone after processing and upload by cellular to the web. While Windows Phones are not as popular as iPhones and Android devices today they have a wonderful OS, interface and all the apps I care to use currently.

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