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I love that there was no additional sound with this video....I like to listen to only what Mother Nature has to offer when I'm outside. If you, on the other hand, prefer music or whatever on your walks, you could easily play whatever you wish without interfering with what's on the video or having your choice interfered with by the video sounds (of course, there's the mute button if you so desire).
I can also see me using this versatile video as a relaxation tool....with or without additional relaxation music....from the vantage point of a comfy chair. I bought a bunch of videos from these folks and am looking forward to watching the others (this was my first)."
That was the short review. Here are more specific details for anyone who is interested.
I enjoy a variety of virtual rides, but not everyone likes the workouts focused on the scenery where you have to use your own creativity to provide motivation to move forward at a good pace. if you enjoy, as I also do, fast-paced, narrated cycling videos with music to help you keep the pace and dashboard tools to change the intensity for hills and valleys, that's not what this one is all about. This is an authentic, virtual 20-40 mph drive through the Angles Crest Highway (7,018 feet) into the San Gabriel Mountains. I had just finished a high-paced running DVD with music, from my elliptical machine. I put this in and---silence---. It sounded good. I was ready for some quiet. I could have provided my own music, of course, as an option. Some of their other DVDs have the actual natural sounds of the virtual experiences. This DVD simulates one person's experience with the magnificent scenery. What you do with it is up to you. I love it!!!
Usually I check 'Time Elapsed' fairly often, but I was enjoying the view so much that time just flew by. I switched from my elliptical to my exercise bike for about 30 minutes. I hadn't checked to see how long this DVD was and assumed it was short. It wasn't. It was 62 minutes with a bonus preview (more on that in a minute). After 30 minutes, I switched to my CardioGlide machine, which uses arms and legs, and surprisingly made the ride even more realistic because of the viewing angle. After 10 minutes, I switched to another elliptical machine to see how that works with this ride. No problem. About this time the ride was high up in the mountains, and heavy, thick fog set in. I was wondering if we would be able to see enough to finish the ride. Then I moved to the treadmill and finished the ride as a run, just to see if that would feel realistic. I believe that if one were a runner, and I am not, it would feel very real. In fact, if you can finish that 62 minutes running, whether on a treadmill or on your floor in front of the TV screen, more power to you! I would have been on the floor gasping for air by that point, but that's just me. I'm not a runner.
More specifically, I have made this into a fitness hobby with dozens of workout DVDs designed for use while indoor cycling or on the treadmill running. Those hiking, walking, running, cycling videos each have something I enjoy. Most don't come anywhere close to this DVD as far as spectacular views. I can't wait to do more of these so I can continue to enjoy some travel with my exercise."