New Camera

When I first started my YouTube channel I purchased an inexpensive camera, the SJ4000. It was a good camera for the money, but nowhere near the quality of a Gopro. Of course I did not know the quality difference until I received the Hero 3+ Wifi.

I’ve used this SJ4000 for many hours. I’ve gone from Coos Bay, Oregon all the way to the Washington end of Highway 101. I have some footage from my Olympic Penninsula trip a couple of weeks ago I will put together soon. It was a great 600 mile ride.

I also have some footage from today’s Rider Skills Practice I completed.

Here is some video of me trying out the camera. The images do seem crisper to me. Let me know what you think.

Some Changes Here

I am making changes. Joshua Smith Fitness does not fit what I am doing now.

I started Joshua Smith Fitness when I was a Beachbody Coach. I liked the company and what they were trying to do, but the product, Shakeology, does not treat my body well. I have hyperthyroidism and the super herbs in Shakeology is bad for me.

I am treating my conditions not with lots of exercise and one-size-fits-all nutritional supplements, but with two wheels and doctor regulated supplements. I’m still exercising, but its not the same and for another post.

So, Joshua Smith Fitness is fading and Adventures With Redbeard is here. This is also the name of my YouTube channel and Facebook page. YouTube has some traction, but the Facebook page is brand new.

There may be more changes, but this is the start.

Drive-Through on a Motorcycle

Motorcycles are a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. I’ve seen some videos of motorcyclist going through drive-throughs and wondered if I would have a similar fun experience.

I think it was similar to what I have seen in other videos. I pull up and the girl taking the order says she doesn’t get motorcycles very often and states that she has seen two come through. She also mentioned my camera, that is what she is pointing at.

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 The guy at the window, pictured top, told me not to eat and drive and everyone inside started laughing . They are a happy bunch at Chick-Fil-A.

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I have a great tank bag and was able to place the order quickly inside. This bag is like a home to me. Even when I travel without my bike I take it with me, but that’s for another post.

Here is a video of the whole thing, see what you think.

Team Oregon

I spent this weekend with 14 strangers, and we may have only one thing in common, motorcycles!

I would like to become a Team Oregon instructor and have applied for that very thing. These strangers were a motorcycle safety class and I was auditing.

Team Oregon isĀ Oregon’s motorcycle rider training and education provider.

In this class were many people who had never been on a motorcycle before. It was exciting to to watch as the course transformed these people into riders.

The Basic Rider Training begins very basic. They learn where the controls are, how to start, and how to use the friction zone. They also work on safe cornering and maneuvering. One of the finial tests was an offset cone weave, very nice.

After the test is complete, a intersection is set up with a one-way circle around it. It was, as one instructor put it, “Controlled chaos.” Here is a picture.

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If you are in Oregon and want to earn your motorcycle endorsement, want to develop your skills, or just understand motorcyclist better, sign up for a class with Team Oregon.

A Little History and a Storm

Not long ago, I was a runner. I have two marathons, two Hood-to-Coasts, one Klondike Road Relay, some half-marathons, and a quite a few other races under my belt. That, however, was another life. Currently I have no idea if I will ever be able to return to running. Last weekend I spent a little time working in the yard and it took a few hours before I could get my thyroid to settle down. That was not confidence inspiring.

So what is this picture of Tophill? Tophill is a trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail. It is a 21 mile trail that, who would have guessed, goes from Banks to Vernonia. It is a rails to trails park. I have spent many hours running this trail, but it was many years ago. My favorite long distance, think 10 or 20 miles, runs were on this trail. Over the years they have paved it. I have also spent a little time riding a bicycle on this trail and I have dodged horse manure too. Let’s just say I have fond memories.

I have gone for a couple of different rides where I end up on Highway 47 south of Vernonia at this trailhead, it has a pit toilet which can be helpful at times. I take a break here and remember a previous life. Here is a video, a snapshot of that area.

Laughter Added to Motorcycle Therapy

Friday, 2/10/17, I went for a ride. We have had a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest. One road I enjoy takes me by Fernhill Wetlands. The picture above shows what I encountered. My road was closed. I had to go around.

One show I have recently enjoyed watching is Long Way Round. It is about two guy riding around the world. They encounter some extremely bad roads and have some river forging to do. Well, this may be as close as I ever come to doing something like the Road of Bones.

I did not realize the mic in my camera could pick up anything I said. Come to find out, if I’m loud enough, it can. I start laughing just watching the below video.

Fighting cancer can be tough, and I take every opportunity to do something for the pure enjoyment of it. This is why I enjoy riding my motorcycle so much. I have no requirement to ride, not like the pills and other therapies I’m doing, I do it because I want to. I ride because it causes smiles and helps me deal with all the other stuff I do in order to live. So to paraphrase a famous quote, I fight cancer to add years to my life and ride to add life to my years.

Be safe out there, this life is a dangerous ride.

Motorcycle Heated Jacket

In the Pacific Northwest we have some great roads for motorcycling. We have stunning views with lots of twisties. We also have cool temperatures and rain. The rain is easy to handle, I’ve lived here for about 18 years and purchased rain resistant protective gear. To combat the cold I recently picked up a heated jacket. Below is a video where I talk a little about the jacket and I preview a ride on Wynoochee Valley Road which connects Montesano, WA with Wynoochee lake in the Olympic National Forest. I’ll have another post and video to discuss this road further.