Short update today. I’m off for a run with the boys from Melbourne during the long weekend starting tomorrow. I’ll be riding from Canberra to Kevington, a small dot on the map just north of Melbourne. During this ride of three days I am going to try out some things with my iPhone as a practice run for October.
First I am going to try the MotionX iPhone application which I will use to automatically log location updates to my Twitter and Facebook account every 15 minutes. Unfortunately I have been advised that most GPS apps for the iPhone absolutely chew through the battery life, so I will only use this feature for the first hour and a half – Canberra to Gundagai. After Gundagai I plan to manually push updates from any townships I stop at. If you happen to be available to see the auto updates in action, I plan to leave shortly after 8am East Australia Standard Time.
Now MotionX is not a GPS navigator, well not for my purpose anyway. For navigating I am looking at Navigon or maybe TomTom, but due to concerns of battery life and the fact I haven’t hooked up any form of charging system on the Road Star I will give it a miss for this particular trip.
So what else? Well, I also plan to try and keep a small diary log and photos pushing up to WordPress and Twitter when appropriate. Might be pretty light-on Saturday, but hopefully with a full charge on Sunday and some nice roads coming our way I’ll see how I go. Hopefully it will mean people can follow updates either via this blog, my Twitter feed, or my FaceBook account – whatever flavour takes your fancy really.
Have a nice long weekend!
Glenn “Toasty” Martin