Yes, our first downloadable video is finally done! Please remember: this is my first attempt at
digital video. I am still learning the software which seems
overly resource hungry for my little 1.5 kilo (3 lbs.) computer. It
quickly overheats in the Malaysian tropics. Please download it once and save it
to your computer's hard drive. If you download the video multiple
times our server costs will skyrocket. Because copyright laws are so stuffy
these days I have to say you have our permission to save it and pass it
around to your friends as long as it is not altered and it is kept in its
entirety. Please send me your ideas for improvements I can make.
I have not figured out how to make a RSS feed yet (do not worry if you have not
heard of this). You can always download the video from the link below. It may
lake several minutes to download because it is a 42 mb file. If you have trouble viewing the video please let me know.
I have a lot to learn in this area and solving these problems will teach me
how things works.
We are taking a break from the bikes and traveling in
general. We left our bikes and all related bike gear at a trusted friends
house near Butterworth, Malaysia and took a short bus ride to the Cameron
Highlands. We have rented a three bedroom apartment for six weeks. Usually we
could not afford a nice apartment but because it
is the off season in Malaysia we received a 75% discount. All of the other apartments
around us are empty. We are living well. Before we left on our
bikes in 2002 we lived for a year in our small motor home so, this is the first time in over
five years we
have all the comforts of home. Many of the luxuries we took for
granted in the past we have almost forgotten. For six weeks we can
wake up in the same bed everyday, hang our few clothes on hangers, and
actually sit down on a real western toilet that is not shared, down the hall, outside, or worse.
We both really need this time off the bikes and the nomadic lifestyle of
packing every day and changing locations. For this short time we will live like normal people.
The Cameron Highlands was an English hill station when
Malaysia was a colony. English military officers and other British elites used these
cool mountains to escape the heat and humidity in the lowlands. Today
it is a place for nature lovers, hikers, and a place to rest for tired
international travelers. We are keeping our fitness level up by hiking
on the many trials that meander through the lush green mountains.
Besides hiking and enjoying the cool temperatures
we came here to work. We have many projects on our to do list but completing
our second book about South America is the biggest.
Books are a wonderful thing to have finished and a
terrible thing to complete.
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