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    Stealing this idea from the Tour de B-Cycle in Boulder, I have chosen this Sunday, November 8, to undertake the CaBi Quest Arlington, in which I will visit every BikeShare station in Arlington and dock and undock a bike. My count shows 81 stations currently.

    I figure I'll be at Java Shack for my first rest break around 8:30-9:00. Feel free to meet me there for your Sunday coffeeneuring point.

    I'm thinking Crystal City around lunchtime, although my timing estimates get fuzzier the farther into the quest I go. My best estimate is 7-8 hours for the whole thing, including rest/lunch stops.

    I will be passing through Ballston at the end of the Quest, so if anyone would like to meet at Carpool or something to celebrate, let's do it.

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    Well this sounds stupid. Hurray!

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    Are you going to publish your route? Tell us a little more and we'll put you on the twitters.

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    Follow up offer--if you do it, I know a guy who can get you into the Capital Bikeshare e-newsletter. There's 53,000+ names on that mailing list...

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    Have fun! I was considering doing something like this also, but you will beat me to it.

    By the way, one of the presenters at the most recent CaBi hack night shared an animated visualization of his TSP heuristic for visiting all the existing CaBi stations. That might take more than a day, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Are you going to publish your route? Tell us a little more and we'll put you on the twitters.
    I have almost finalized my route, and it's tentatively like this:

    Start at N. Nelson & Lee Highway
    Work towards Rosslyn
    Out the R-B corridor
    Down to Shirlington
    Over to Crystal City
    Pick up stragglers along C-Pike and head back north through Ballston to starting point

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    I'm also planning to take a photo or two at each station and track with my Garmin. Sadly, I don't have a GoPro to make a YouTube video like the cool ones Bobco does.

    Proposed Instagram/Twitter hashtag: #CaBiQuestArl

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoot View Post
    Have fun! I was considering doing something like this also, but you will beat me to it.
    Pretty soon Arlington will be adding more stations, so just wait a bit, and you can best me.

    (That's actually part of the reason I'm doing it now--easier before they add the new stations)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    I'm also planning to take a photo or two at each station and track with my Garmin. Sadly, I don't have a GoPro to make a YouTube video like the cool ones Bobco does.

    Proposed Instagram/Twitter hashtag: #CaBiQuestArl
    Stop by our office tonight or tomorrow:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    I'm also planning to take a photo or two at each station and track with my Garmin. Sadly, I don't have a GoPro to make a YouTube video like the cool ones Bobco does.

    Proposed Instagram/Twitter hashtag: #CaBiQuestArl
    (writing this even after seeing Tim's offer to lend the GoPro) you could still make a cool video using photos and mapping your route on Strava Fly-By/other software.

    My ideas for a video of your trip:
    • the video is a hybrid visualization/slideshow
    • overview map of Arlington; the stations would "fill in" as you visit them (maybe something like a star appearing on the location)
    • miniature SteveO icon to show your position traveling to each station on Strava Fly-By
    • the photos you take at each station could appear in a top corner of the map in sync with each station visit
    • you could use videos from the GoPro of getting to/from each neighborhood
    • peppy soundtrack to go with the passage of time (hours of riding condensed into a few minutes of video)


    I'd love to help out with something like this, but I will be out of town (leaving early Sunday morning for 2 weeks). Have fun on the trip!

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