First I will give a list in order of the movies I have made from the trip and then I will explain why I did it and what my afterthoughts are.
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During weekends I already drive around a lot. Belgium is not that big, so after a while you have seen those parts that are near you. During one of these small trips, that take about 2-3 hours I thought why not go any further and that is how I came up with the idea.
The next part was where to go. Belgium was too small, so that was easily ruled out. Looking North there was the Netherlands. There is just not enough space to drive around. Then I looked south and there was a LOT of space. I did not even look any further as it looked ideal.
The perparations where pretty easy, although I took much more time then needed. On Google Maps I looked for trips without the use of highways and then looked what would be a reasonable city to reach in one day. Then I looked what was halfway and that was my day trip.
By moving the waypoints, I got to the routes as you can see then when you click on one of the starting points above.
I will not go into too much detail about the trip. I will say that in the future I will take even smaller roads with most likely a different GPS. There where some things that botherd me and here they are in no specific order:
I made the movies using a JVCV hard disc camera. The reason for this is that way I could easily take a whole day of trip on one go. Locking it I did by placing a broomstick in fromt of the pasengers seat between the dashboard and the handlebar and put a locking device on it as can be seen here
At evening in the hotel I would then copy all the movies to a seperate directory per half day trip that contained the different music mp3 files and a file called titlesrc, such as this one and then would run the script timescale to be found here in each directory.
That would then be a great moment to go and eat and visit the city. When I would come home, the movie would be ready and I could delete all the files from the camera, so I was ready for the next day.
As other stuff I had a converter from 12v to 220v, so the cmaera would not run out of power (although that happend once, because I forgot to plug it in) during the trips. I also used a Tomtom for the routes that where made with Google Maps and http://houghi.org/tomtom/
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