Tip #128 – Your Phone…is your friend!

When traveling and biking, weight makes a BIG difference!

Still, you want to bring your electronic trifecta…your camera, your phone, your computer.  Am I right?

You don’t need them all!   Your phone?   Yes.  It’s a good thing to have if you get lost or someone needs to let you know that you won the lottery.  Your Camera?  Maybe.  If the camera in your phone is not good enough for your purposes.  OK, bring it.  Your computer?  No.  Leave it at home.  It’s the heaviest of the three, by far, and it probably doesn’t do much that your phone can’t do with some effort and planning.  After all, your phone is a miniature computer.

I’ve managed to get my phone to serve as my computer:

Sweet!  Actually with phones as big as they are now, the screen is fine.  This phone is a One Plus One.
Sweet! Actually with phones as big as they are now, the screen is fine. This phone is a One Plus One.

It takes a little planning.

#1  Get a folding Bluetooth Keyboard.  There are many to choose from.  This one is about 85% the size of a full blown keyboard so it is not hard to use or connect.

#2  Get a USB to micro cable so you can use a mouse.  You just plug it in and it magically works.  Download the Dolphin Browser app which gives you navigation just like you’d have in a browser on your desktop.

#3 get a micro to mini USB plug so you can upload those all important files from your Garmin.  Google for more directions on how to do it.

#4  The same cable will allow you to connect a card reader so you can upload those photos you took with  your camera (SD card) whenever your phone is connected via wifi.  You will need the Astro file manager app or something like it.

#5  – #3 and #4  require that your Android phone be “rooted”…unlocked so you can manage files.  If I could manage to root my phone, you can do it as well.

#6  Install Google Drive and Google Docs.  This pretty much allows you to deal with spreadsheets and word Docs, pdf’s etc etc.  You just do it in the cloud.

The only things you really can’t do are those things for which you really need installed software….Photoshop would be an example (although there are many apps that could suffice).   Quickbooks would be another example.  Although even for Quickbooks, there is a cloud version.

This is what my “computer” now weighs:

Not bad. You aren't find anything with a screen that weighs less. There are some other things like the Rasberry Pi of some usb like PC's...but they have no screen and no keyboard.
Not bad. You aren't find anything with a screen that weighs less. There are some other things like the Rasberry Pi of some usb like PC's...but they have no screen and no keyboard.

This is the netbook that I had been lugging all over the world:

The one downside is that I can't fit the Far and Away bumber sticker onto the new set up.
The one downside is that I can't fit the Far and Away bumber sticker onto the new set up.

That’s over a kilo of weight savings.  When you are flying with a bike as your checked bag and limited to a single carry on for all your “stuff”, every ounce counts.  It’s also easier to get up those hills.

YEAH BABY!

 

 

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A big thanks to the participants who made it such a great tour:

Chantal Briere
Adrienne Newman
Joe Ramaker
Mike Haberer
Joe Haberer
Sasha Alyson
Graeme Watkins

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Yes I did!

In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - we stopped by Lulu's Tapas place for dinner.  How could anyone pass on "Mopani Worms"?   Not possible.
In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - we stopped by Lulu's Tapas place for dinner. How could anyone pass on "Mopani Worms"? Not possible.

This is the menu at Lulu's.  Warthog steak was a temptation but we ended up with "crocodile bites"....meaning bite sized.  :-)
This is the menu at Lulu's. Warthog steak was a temptation but we ended up with "crocodile bites"....meaning bite sized. :-)

I ate them, but I did NOT get my certificate.  False advertising!  When the “mopanis” (I prefer not to refer to them as worms) arrived, Chantal bolted from the table and did not return until they were long gone.

If you have to know, they were chewy.  Sort of like a bland Slim Jim.   They are better if you dip them in the sauce.   I was afraid to ask what the sauce was.

 

 

 

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