Zhiyun Smooth Q Gimbal

Smooth video for your GoPro or mobile phone is important to making your content watchable.  I’m guilty as anyone of not wanting to drop the money on an expensive gimbal.  Thankfully, Zhiyun has released an affordable alternative that will work with both mobile and GoPro’s.  The Smooth Q can accommodate up to 220 grams in weight and will handle phones up to the larger Apple iPhone Plus and/or Samsung Galaxy 8, etc.  Here is a link to the product on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2t5aGEQ

My video review:

Raccoon River Valley Trail Tour

Can you mix business and pleasure?  We certainly are gave it a shot and it worked out pretty well!  We had some business to attend to up in Iowa, so we took a look to see what our biking options in the area would be.  Turns out not far from where we were doing a little work was the Raccoon River Valley Trail.  Located just to the west of Des Moines, the trail makes a loop, which for bike touring away from home is a nice way to get back to the car and not have to back track.

Map:

RRVT Map

We arrived on Day 1 and parking was pretty packed out for what turned out to be a really nice weather weekend.  Because of this, we decided to park at the local HyVee grocery in Waukee since they are open 24 hours and right next to to the trail.  Some of the trail follows along side a highway, which didn’t make for the best views, but soon turned into corn fields, small towns, and beautiful countryside.

The highlights were the all paved trail ways, either blacktop or silky smooth concrete, and the joys of small towns to explore and spend time around local folks.  One highlight was happening upon a small town car show going on in the downtown streets.  We camped just off the trail at a small camp ground and had only 4 or so other campers to share the area.

All in all we made the 80 mile loop in two days.  About 50 miles the first day, and 30 miles day 2.  Had great weather, no problems, and continued to refine the setup.  Enjoyable ride and here is a video of the sites: