theorycast.40 :: Interview with AtlasRider (video + mapping + biker)

In this 20 minute video interview, you’ll get to ride with AtlasRider (aka Bill) as he travels on his decked out Ninja 650r touring bike across the U.S. and Canada.

His most recent trip was his Saddle Sore 1000, where he rode 1,000 miles in under 24 hours through New Mexico (See journey plotted on Google Maps). The Iron Butt Association (it’s true!) creates guidelines to achieve a “certified ride” to prove that you have actually traveled 1,000 miles in under 24 hours. Witnesses are required at the beginning and end of your ride along with copies of receipts that corroborate with your route and timing.

AtlasRider - SaddleSore1000

Besides being an avid motorcycle traveller, Bill’s programming experience has allowed him to produce videos with Google map tracking, so you can watch from his rider perspective, as well as his present location on Google maps. As seen in the video, both media run side-by-side in sync. Naturally, he’s recently moved into Seero as well. It’s no surprise that his travelogues consists of highly connected pieces of personal stories, photography, videos and Google maps.

theorycast.40 :: Interview with AtlasRider

Bill started blogging on life on the road since May 2006 and has transitioned from text, to photography (and his motography), to videos and to Google mapping. I talk to Bill about his motorcycle travelogues, his motivation for going the distance (no pun intended) and the tools he’s used to realize his passion. As shown in the video, he uses a Kodak v570 camera, SmartDisk PhotoBank (safer digital photo storage), Garmin 60Cx (GPS), and he has a Powerlet to power his gadgets from his bike.

Beyond the tools, we discussed about the challenges of capturing and re-living experiences, which is truly the point where our similarities lie. We journeyed into the idea of creating granularity in the visual media (photos or video), so that we could convey the appropriate amount of information without overwhelming the viewer.

You can keep in touch with AtlasRider via his travelogue blog where he shares his travels and setup in detail. You can also follow him via Twitter. Till the end of June, help vote AtlasRider as your favorite broadcaster on Seero so that he can win a trip anywhere in the world. :)

  • http://eok.net Benjamin Koe

    Wow! I love the way he tracks the GPS movement on Google Maps. You make a good point about photos vs video, there’s so much more information in video and when you combine it with maps, it’s quite awesome.

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