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Roadtrip: Seeing stars in the Honda RidgelineWe drive our long-term test truck into the darkest, coldest night we've ever seen to capture some amazing interstellar footage.
[MUSIC] So Anton what are we doing today? We're driving to Nevada. Okay, why? Because you're going to teach me how to do nighttime time-lapse photography. I think I might be, since this is the first time I've ever done it, it might be a learning experience for me too. Now this is a pain and we've just started. If we see a drive through Starbucks can we stop? Dude we just passed it. Okay now we're on the trip. The trip is officially, it hasn't officially started until you had coffee. So I just saw a cop. And so I don't want to be, I don't want to let myself get run away with speeding, so I'm just gonna use the [UNKNOWN] cruise control, so I'm just gonna pick a speed, 72. 72's good, right? 65, that's 7 over? That's not gonna get me a ticket, so leave that for cruise, pick a distance Here we go and for the link you can just keep it on [UNKNOWN] So that I just don't have to touch anything. Hey. There's another cop. Not today man. I'm going to check the [UNKNOWN] weather. Quote, you want the good news or the bad news? Start with the bad news. The bad news is that it's gonna down to about 18 degrees. But the good news is it's not gonna happen until [UNKNOWN], it's not gonna be that cold I bought this thermal gear. [LAUGH] It's not gonna get that cold until like six in the morning. But we do it light. Eight, nine, o'clock, it's going to be like 28, 26 degrees. Is that celsius or Fahrenheit? Fahrenheit. Celsius, that would be really warm, that would be like [LAUGH] Well I have to ask. Ninety degrees Fahrenheit. It's not really liking this hill very much. No? No, I mean it's doing it, but I mean, well I guess it's just having to give it a little more throttle than It's in eco mode. Ya it's still in eco mode but it's like having to downshift from the top gear maintain the speed we've chosen. It's doing its steering thing to keep us in the lane, and it's fine, it's fine, but it's not feeling any feedback from me and so any second now it's going to say You should probably put your hands back up. There it is. So it's going to tell me to put my hands back on the wheel and then it will probably give up. Steering required. Yeah. It hasn't given up yet. Wait, there it is, it gave up. [LAUGH] I think, we are not going to be seeing snow on the roads. Probably not. I wonder how much so is going to be down at the flat of the desert? Look at that. That's unbelievable I've never seen snow like that ever. [MUSIC] It's ice cold, it's crazy out. Lots of [INAUDIBLE] lines [CROSSTALK] Ooh. [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLEEP] So, I don't know if yes, I thought it would be asphalt eaten up, but it's like there's just like a layer of Dirt and snow on top of it. That [BLANK_AUDIO] is thick enough that is rutted enough that we got shunted couple of inches to the left which was terrifying cuz the cars are coming the other direction and suddenly you're moving towards them even if it's just for a fraction of a second. So the thing that I'm worried about at this point is that roads get closed Due to snow and such all the time. There is literally a snowball right there we've come that far. And I don't think this navigation is connected to the web and so it would not have information on road closures, so we might get up here and see that the road is Closed and have to turn around and go back to the highway. Okay, so we're now on ice. We've just officially left the road completely. Tarmac is over. No we're still on the road. There's still tarmac under here. Yeah. We're done. [LAUGH] Yeah, that's it. Anti-lock brakes. Full stop, so yeah, that's kind of what I thought was gonna happen is road closure and we have to go around. This is probably why Android auto didn't want us to go this way. We did get to see some cool stuff. There's a car underneath there. Where? Underneath that. Yeah. [BLANK_AUDIO] There's two cars underneath that. One's a Subaru. One's a Subaru. The other is I don't know what. It looks like its truck is open [LAUGH]. That's crazy [LAUGH]. Okay so we're rolling again and Mark and I have changed jobs. He's driving I'm shooting I don't know how that's going to work out well but, Seems like Mark's already gotten us turned around. Yep, well. We're not there yet, you can't kill us with a camera, I can kill us with a truck. Stop the truck, Mark. Why? I said, I want to seat to go back a little but, I'm 6'6, plenty of head room, it's a comfortable drive My [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE] look at knees touching the [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE] but I don't know anything about. I would rather drive this. For long distances drive a Ferrari or anything like that. Said no one else ever. [BLANK_AUDIO] Trucks. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] Okay, where we going. [LAUGH] So just straight on for about half an hour? Yeah. We'll get to the first location and have a look and see what it's like. It's looking more desert-like outside. It's certainly getting darker. What's happening now? We're driving into the night. It is dark. [LAUGH] Out here and We have coffees because we're worried about, because it's really late. It's like 7:29. PM. PM, and we're really worried that we're gonna fall asleep. So cup is. You both drinking this? We'll see what happens. Looks fenced off. It is fenced off. [INAUDIBLE] What do you think? Don't know. Yep. So I'm going to die. Start right here. All right. cool/r okay so we have found ourselves in the middle of nowhere, this is probably the Darkest, quietest place I've ever been. So we used a map of light pollution and we drove basically out to one of the darkest spots what we could find and now Mark, who I'm trying really hard not to blind, is getting set up with the Camera equipment. How's it going Mark? it's good. You got to see this. [LAUGH] You can kind of see it in the light. Yeah, it's not gonna come up at all on this camera, but my good God there are so many stars. We've been seeing signs that say, there are ghouls out here just sort of roaming free. So we're gonna hope we don't get charged. All right, so we got the camera set up? Yep. We think we have the right exposure. You're not at all worried about coyotes? Yeah, I am. They stopped howling though. Maybe they're ready to attack. Shut the [SOUND] up. So Antwon whats going on? Well, I'm getting feeling back in my fingers. Which is good and the, I can see a little red light for the camera back there still clicking. Well that's good to know. So keeping an eye on that and we're just sorta enjoying the warmth in this truck right now. [LAUGH] It's so dark outside that it's like being a spaceship. You can't see anything outside. But nothing. Yeah, but we've gotta go into this [UNKNOWN] go, [BLANK_AUDIO] Doing 30 second exposures, so in about an hour and a half we can change. [BLANK_AUDIO] Okay, so first hour and half long exposure, Yep, let's see. Done. Theories of exposures. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] So there's frost on the truck. [BLANK_AUDIO] I think the thermometer on the truck hit 24 degrees. Which is below freezing. So, hammer's holding up all right. Yep, so far. And we're holding up all right. Battery's held, battery of the light's still at half left which is amazing. [BLANK_AUDIO] Back out of the truck, having just done Our second round of long exposure. I think it's gonna be cool. Don't look directly into the light. [BLANK_AUDIO] Pretty happy, it's gonna be good, I think. [MUSIC] So, we're done. We are? Done. 30 minutes past midnight. We've got a **** load of photos of the sky that you're going to put together into some sweet video. Yep. We've got a very awesome light painted Sort of with the truck. Yep. Yeah, I think it's gonna work, to drive out here. And we got to see the sky like neither one of us had ever seen before. The sky was amazing. The sky was worth the trip alone. How did you think the ridgeline held up? The ridgeline? It's doing it's thing. Right now, one of the things I'm really grateful for on the ride up here is the automatic piping. Because night vision's not that great, it's super dark. The whole point of us being out here and on the way up there were like a lot of other cars on the road, I didn't have to worry about flipping those on and off. Truck's nice and warm, I mean it's doing a pretty good job, I think. Yeah it's well for me. There's nothing I need to do so [MUSIC] Now I'm tired and I want to go to my hotel room. Yep. So let's see, our first adventure at the [UNKNOWN] is over. We can ask some more later. I'm so excited [LAUGH]. Very [INAUDIBLE] all right, fine. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]