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Messages - Fred Hiltz

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General Discussion / MOVED: Bike box / carrier
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:49:56 pm »

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General Discussion / MOVED: Amtrack "Downeaster"
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:27:51 am »

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General Discussion / MOVED: sleeping bags
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:17:49 pm »

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GPS Discussion / Re: Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:31:04 am »
Fred - ... planning a transcontinental ride on ACA routes for Spring '13.  We've used a Garmin Edge for tours of up to 2 weeks by creating our daily routes using one of the mapping sites like RideWithGPS or MapMyRide.  Reading forum posts and what I know first hand about the Edge, it appears that it is not a suitable GPSR for our transcon.

It can be made to work, as you have no doubt been reading, but it is certainly not the most suitable for such a long route in unfamiliar terrain.

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So, we're looking for that dedicated GPSR that, as I understand it, with the ACA waypoints download, will give us turn by turn directions all the way across the country - just follow the highlighted line like on the Edge (of course we'll also have ACA maps for backup, a smartphone and an ipad)? Is my expectation correct?  Is it as simple as a download to your home computer and then a further download from your computer into the GPSR?

Your expectation is indeed correct. Because these are the machines for which we designed the ACA data, you need only to load the published files into your computer, apply the addenda if you wish, and transfer the routes and waypoints into the receiver.

You will need to buy one of the higher-end models to get enough storage for all the waypoints at once. MapSource counts the waypoints in a selected route. A few minutes spent adding these will show how many you need. Then browse the Garmin features comparison http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail.

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I've read the ACA GPS explanation page over and over.  I'm sure it's well done, but it's not getting through to me.

Your use of the singular "page" makes me guess that you have seen the GPS Information page on the web site, and perhaps the Quick Start Guide linked there. Get the GPS Data User Guide too. It has all the good information.

None of these documents intends to teach how to use the GPSR. They teach using the Adventure Cycling data on a GPSR that you already know how to use.

I should hope that the owner's manual covers loading routes into the receiver, and then navigating them. You might find some useful tutorials on http://gpsinformation.net/]

None of these documents intends to teach how to use the GPSR. They teach how to use the Adventure Cycling data on a GPSR that you already know how to use.

I should hope that the owner's manual covers loading routes into the receiver, and then navigating them. You might find some useful tutorials on
[url]http://gpsinformation.net/
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GPS Discussion / Re: Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:39:10 am »
... After I import the ACA gpx files into Basecamp, I can then copy/paste the resulting waypoints and routes from Basecamp into Mapsource.

Hah! the Nuvis is supposed to act like any other mass storage device, but give this and the evidence from Don Wulff, it does not. Good detective work, gents.

Fred

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General Discussion / MOVED: Bike Rack Advice
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:31:40 pm »

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General Discussion / Re: New Touring Bike Suggestions
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:32:09 am »
Are your respective fears of an upset great enough to consider a tricycle?

Fred

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Gear Talk / Re: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:36:33 am »
... not GPS - battery life, time between charges, miss the opportunity to go the wrong way and meet some great people for example?

... i would also consider taking my own atlas of the route - ie. take apart the Benchmark maps and build a new one. do Benchmark maps show a suitable scale to ride on (I have never ridden in the US, so don't know).

Most smart phones would run for a week or so if used intermittently, that is, for a position check every 20 - 40 minutes. If you can find one that permits a spare battery, you need not reach a mains charger very often at all.

I have torn up the DeLorme atlases to make custom routes. The scale is reasonable and the result works, but dealing with all those big pages on a rainy day is a bit messy.

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General Discussion / MOVED: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:02:24 pm »

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Gear Talk / Re: Backroads maps of the US.
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:01:55 pm »
That's a tough set of restrictions to follow, Chris. Paper maps of all roads exist, but I doubt a bicycle could carry a complete set for those states. The Benchmark atlases certainly do not fill the bill. Take a look at the sample landscape map in http://www.benchmarkmaps.com/products-page/atlases/oregonroad-recreation-atlas, examining the roads around Joseph, OR. Then call up Joseph in Google Maps. When zoomed in, Google Maps shows most of the roads, typically what you would get on paper from the USGS 1:24000 topographic maps.

Now we are talking all Perhaps you will have a chance to resupply along the way, keeping map weight down to 20 pounds or so.

Consider the scale of these maps, typically 2000 feet/inch. On a through highway, you will ride from one edge to another in a few minutes, then need to change maps.

The better way is to slip a smart phone into your pocket, get the Google Maps app, and go anywhere in the civilized world. What do you have against GPS?

Fred

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Gear Talk / Re: front platform racks: Surly Nice or Old Man Pioneer?
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:10:57 am »
(edit; I guess you can't upload photos to this system, too bad)
 I will post photos of my bags with the two different racks for comparison.
Hi Rocker Mike. See Posting Images to Forum at the top of the General Discussion group.

Fred

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General Discussion / Re: Libraries and Touring
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:35:29 pm »
My experience agrees with Pete's. Sometimes I would show an ID, and occasionally pay $1 - $2, which I was happy to do, but was never denied.

Fred

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Routes / Re: Trip from DC to Mobile, Alabama
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:54:21 pm »
A great place to start is the How To Department linked at http://www.adventurecycling.org/. Check Routes and Maps for some nicely scouted and mapped routes. These will no doubt inspire some specific questions for the forum here.

Fred

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General Discussion / Re: planning the Southern Tier for January?
« on: October 08, 2012, 04:34:44 pm »
Do you really think the UGRR route is suitable for January?

Not all of it, for sure. Certainly not north of Kentucky.

 I get the impression from the OP that everything is still flexible and up for change right now, picking January just because it is the "official awareness month."

This ride presents so many competing priorities! It will be be interesting to see how Georgia sorts them out.

Fred

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