Couple more days have passed.  One extremely short day and another extremely hilly one.  Both were times to experiment with the drone… WHICH IS AWESOME!  There is actually a very interesting story about me flying it and almost losing it.  But the past few days have brought a issue that could affect the overall success of the trip as a whole, and its making me very nervous.

The JaYoe Nation Podcast follows Matt and Ryan as we make our way from China all the way to USA on the seat of our recumbent trikes. This podcast gives you a chance to see the in’s and out’s of what goes into traveling around the world. Learn about the places, people, and cultures as well as the gear and personal journey’s that take place during a tour like this.

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Born in Detroit. The son of a hard working innovator and a selfless homemaker. Raised to dream. Bred to believe we are put on this earth to make a difference. Left home at 19. Moved to Las Vegas at 25. Moved to China at 30. Began to Journey at 35. More to come.

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  • derdeyn stefan says:

    hi Matt,

    Stefan here again from Belgium.
    I drive the same Scorpionfs20 for 2 years now with a total of 24000 Km. In the beginning i was very familiar to the knee problem, also only on the left (!), especially on the first trip after some days off the trike. Avoid putting to much force on the pedals by using low gears on hilly terrain. But… i also did some research on the Internet and found the guys from with their pedal extenders that i now use only on the left side of the trike… it helped a lot, but keep avoiding to much force on the knees, the weakest point on a trike compared to a ‘normal’ bike where the maximum force on the pedals is your own weight when standing up. It looks like Kneesavers have a point there…


    • matt says:

      Thanks so much. I will check them out. Just worried about the prolonged effect of putting too much strain on my knees. I need them for some other important stuff. 😉

    • I like your idea Stefan, I had a complete replacement in 2006 and I think the Doctor did more harm to me then good , Well anyway I to suffer from knee problems, although according to the doctor I should not because it is a total replacement so there is no knee just surgical steel and a teflon ball to create the artificial joint, which makes it a complete knee.. I use a elastic sock, and that seems to help, but I am very interested in your idea, and think I will look into it further.. I know this was meant for Matt, but I thank you as well…!

    • Alex Lopez says:

      I do have a Kneesaver as well!

      Although I don’t use the Kneesaver brand but the Sunlite instead, the difference it makes is unbelievable:

      It turns out my right foot is similar to Charlot’s (the Charlie Chaplin character) and my leg wasn’t moving correctly when pedaling. The first day I used the extension I was able to ride an entire hour without any pain! Since then I’ve been riding at least an hour everyday, and up to three hours straight on Sundays.

      Maybe Matt could install a ROTOR chainring at the front. Those rings are not round but elliptical, and that shape has proven to be less demanding for the legs since it doesn’t have that “dead spot” common rings. Check them out:

  • Hey sorry to hear about your knee. I have a lwb recumbent spd pedals Witch can take a regular shoe too. When my knee hurts I. …
    1Adjust seat higher up or sit farther back for a straighter leg extension
    2 I have pedal assist and will use it to lighten the load (bionx) you can modify your trailer to have electric hubs to lighten the load and even push you and the trailer (this adds a bit of weight but gives big returns on hills for your knee)
    3 knee pad for warmth and knee support (may help with knee alignment)
    4 remove spd and ride with center of shoe for some relief
    5 slower but easier pedaling gears
    6 high pressure in tires you have suspension so it helps 80+ psi with high end tires
    7 both of you carry trailers splitting the load with or without electrical assistance

    You can modify a trailer or buy one already set up…fells like the trailer isn’t even there lol!

    Bob Delafosse (montreal:you will be passing this way towards the end of your journey)

  • Hay guys…! I’m listening to you as I’m writing this, and you just were discussing your 5D Mark III camera Matt, and I use the same camera, and you are right it is very heavy camera, especially when I have my 70-250 mm lens on, and it is a great camera but it is very heavy, and the lens alone weighs at least 6 to 8 lbs. in addition to the camera, and if your adding the extra large battery pack onto the camera it just weighs even more… So I understand…! Now as to the Chinese guitar, or iodo, or whatever you call that thing, ya I thought way back to the beginning when you had said you now have room to bring that along, ya know back at the office, I said to myself how long will it be before that either gets broken, or you figure it is an extra weight that you do not need..! I am traveler, and I have done a lot of it in my life as a kid, and as a adult for work… And I know how much you would like to bring things along with you, and all though your intentions where, or are good, there is just some things you need to leave behind… I knew when I seen that beautiful trailer that you were bringing along a lot of stuff that you really don’t need, and listen I’m not scolding you, but you just cannot drag everything along with you.. You would have been better to have brought the dog instead, LoL…! No really you will see as you go along that you have been bringing along way to much stuff… And you really don’t need to if you really think about it… If you can afford to pay as much for all the things you bought, and paid for all the things you will be doing, then you can afford to buy it as you need it if really necessary.. There’s just no real reason to bring some things but as humans we have attachments, sentimental values, you name the reason and we as people we have an answer for why…! It’s just in our nature..! But as I was saying,and I always write a lot, and I don’t won’t to write so much that you stop reading my posts,because of that.. But you need to know your limitations, now make sure, you buy some potassium supplements, because when riding we tend to burn a lot of it off in our bodies, for some reason and this was told to me by my doctor who is a that should help with some cramping and if necessary try an elastic support stocking, believe me they work… And whats with the potty mouth, your getting to cus as much as Ryan… Did he get a light yet, if not make him where his helmet during the evening hours just in case that’s all… I’m always going to care it’s my nature.. So till next time Ja Yoe…! Oh yea I was really happy to see you had taken my advice to bring along a personal EPIRB, or personal tracker.. Also I hope you thought about first aid, but here ios a trick that is great in a pinch crazy glue, they close wounds quick and hospitals use it alot now instead of stitches.. Sometimes it stings a little but really if you don’t have any get some to close wounds till you can get help… yea I know ..Ja Yoe…!

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