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    Scott in Tucson
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    Mountain Bike Quantum Physics

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    One of my favorite things about mountain biking is you don't have to drive to play.

    The options are endless when you leave from home on a bike. What if all possibilities happened at the same time?

    This video explores that, replaying several thousand mountain bike rides that started from this Tucson mountain biker's home.

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    Or, as my girlfriend said as she walked by, "do you have an ant problem in your computer?"

    Another way of looking at it is that you leave a trace everywhere you pedal, and indeed glycogen and time -- life -- is burned everywhere you go. Simply by being there, you change what <em>there</em> is, what it becomes. And you change yourself. This video shows the weaving of the 'rich tapestry of life', or my Tucson MTB neural network, at about 250,000x real time.

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    The lines get darker and thicker the more a route is traced. You can see my favorite trails very clearly. So many rides, so much time and energy well spent. The red lines remind me of blood veins, with my house as the 'heart.' It's fitting since those lines are my lifeblood, a huge part of what drives me, a manifestation of imagination and exploration.

    Thanks for watchin'.
    Author of TopoFusion GPS Software. MTB+backpacking = bikepacking.net. Ride Diary.

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    again...love the features there. I could see some limitations using it in my case. There's only two short local mtb trails within biking distance. All the others I have to drive to.

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    I love this.

    Awesome post.

    This is like going to a seminar....snort snort snort.

    Too bad you didn't post this on December 31, then I could legitimately call it most original post of the year. Now you won't believe it.

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    Very cool I wish I could ride from my house but alas, the drivers out here in Vegas would get me sooner or later.
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    Very interesting and informative as well. Thank you! -GT2005

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    Incredible concepts. Inspirational works.

    Warren.

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    Very very cool. I have often pictured the paths I take in my head...but seeing it actually done with GPS is just amazing.

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    Well done sir!
    "No good deed goes unpunished"

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    Solid.
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    Awesome

    Looks like I need to get myself to Tucson!
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    THAT is cool!
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    superb!
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    Cool I wish I was able to ride to my trails and back home again.

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    Wow that is great.. Best post I have seen on here in a long time! Beautiful and inspiring too..

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    Very cool. I enjoyed watching that. Good thing I'm not an internet axe murderer because now I know right where your house is.

    KRob-------------> Wishing he knew how to use his GPS for something other than an expensive odometer.
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    I like it. A lot.

    Keep riding!

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    I like the stragglers trickling in at the end. "Hurry Billy! The storm's comin..."

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    i dig it.

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    yeah, uh............bikes
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    The only time I truly feel that I am collapsing all possible solutions to the wave function except for the one that I'm conciously experiencing is when I'm riding my bike.

    :smiles:

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    Awesome! Always motivating to see people riding out to trails instead of riding.

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    thats so cool, might have to do that here as i ride from home to all my tracks also

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    nice. i have the tf and i really like it thus far. haven't got the right gps unit yet to get data into it...

    nice. nice. nice.
    tao of data tracking, for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Despacio
    I like the stragglers trickling in at the end. "Hurry Billy! The storm's comin..."
    Those guys went epic ... way up to the far right in them hills.

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    i like the little guy that just hangs out at the upper 50 :P

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    Aha--hundreds of laps at Fantasy Island! I knew it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Aha--hundreds of laps at Fantasy Island! I knew it!
    Well shoot, I was hoping no one would notice my biggest training secret.

    Those guys went epic ... way up to the far right in them hills.
    Right! A few of them are getting epic'd big time. Blowing up my knee, tearing a 4" gash in a sidewall, bonking beyond belief, limping back along the river with no light and so on. Plenty of pain and suffering amongst the straggler dots. Some of the best rides, too, though.

    Thanks for all the comments!
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    You've managed to create art and entertainment from a new source!
    I don't know what trail we're on, but at least it's getting dark

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    That was wonderfully fun to watch!
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    Dang!
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krein
    Well shoot, I was hoping no one would notice my biggest training secret.



    Right! A few of them are getting epic'd big time. Blowing up my knee, tearing a 4" gash in a sidewall, bonking beyond belief, limping back along the river with no light and so on. Plenty of pain and suffering amongst the straggler dots. Some of the best rides, too, though.

    Thanks for all the comments!
    If I am not mistaken, I think I spotted one where you rode over to a buddies or bar, started drinking, and eventually just turned off the GPS.

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    That was so cool. How did you manage to kluge all those rides onto a topo map and animate it? I'd love to try it when I have a respectable stable of rides mapped on my new 705.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittzer
    That was so cool. How did you manage to kluge all those rides onto a topo map and animate it? I'd love to try it when I have a respectable stable of rides mapped on my new 705.
    It's pretty easy using [shameless plug] my software, TopoFusion [/shameless plug]. There's a feature called <a href=http://topofusion.com/multi.php>Multi track playback</a> that lets you replay any number of tracks, either in real time, all starting at the same time, or starting from a specific point.

    I did make a few small tweaks to the software for the video -- one being that I decreased the size of the dots. If you're interesting in doing similar playbacks, drop me a note and I can give you some pointers.

    If I am not mistaken, I think I spotted one where you rode over to a buddies or bar, started drinking, and eventually just turned off the GPS.
    Yep, a few dots disappear for unknown reasons. Bailed? GPS battery died? Passed out on the side of the road? All of the above?

    I'm still here (I think?) so I must have made it back eventually.
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    gps is sweeet.

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    awesome little video, its cool to see all your rides broke down like that
    Just circles turning circles....

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    Right on man.

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    Hello Krein

    Very nice as said before. Couple of things...

    You said heart and vessels. Funny, I thought aneurysm at first view of pattern 2.

    In quantum terms, the dots that disappear may reappear later or somewhere else (not necessarily on those maps. Those may have been truely epic rides in a universal sense.

    Quantum riding....drool

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