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All morning it rained cats and hound dogs. Still, this trio of Vanderbilt biology researchers kept pedaling.From west Nashville to east, up and down street after street, they plotted out guitar stringsand bell bottoms and one rockin' hairdo.
They rode with one goal in mind.... Create an image of Elvis!
To draw him, they had to travel 100 miles of Nashville streets with just two things, their bicycles and a GPS tracking device. The Music City-themed bike route is part of a global trend some call GPS doodling, or "Strava art". Runners, cyclists, skateboarders and other athletes trek around towns & even across countries, with GPS devices strapped to their wrists or handlebars to create pictures with their activity routes.
When they are done, they post them to networks like Strava, which is essentially social media for athletes. It's meant as a training tool, where people can compare their performances and friends and followers can like and comment on them.
What's just as cool about it is that each route forms a thin red line on a map. And that line can unclip an athlete's imagination.
Stephen Lund is one of the most prolific GPS artists out there. The cyclist from Victoria, Canada, has ridden thousands of miles and designed routes that look like a giant giraffe, a T.rex, an anteater and a Ninja Turtle.
For him, what began as just exercise has become an exercise in creativity — and it's ignited a passion that has grown to become a world phenomenon. Even in Nashville.
On Saturday morning, a trio of Vanderbilt professors — Nick Adams, Dale Edgerton and Bryan Shepherd — cycled through Music City to create a bike route that looks like Elvis Presley playing the guitar.
Wearing gold glasses and fake sideburns, they rode.
Originating Source - USA TODAY
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