« on: November 23, 2012, 02:59:47 pm »
Fred - I'm so confused. My wife and I are 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.
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? As you can tell, I'm not very tech savy (white male, 60years). I can fix my bike in the middle of nowhere with some duct tape and bailing wire, but electrons are like herding cats to me.
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. Is there a video tutorial somewhere that explains how the process works? I'm pretty visual, seeing it hands on is always a help.
I've been to a couple of outdoor stores that sell the dedicated GPSRs. The salespeople, so far, have been useless. They've never heard of ACA and the waypoints thing.
I'm trying to get a handle on this. Maybe I'm not alone. Perhaps you could dumb down a video tutorial that us Luddites could understand. Thanks for all your help.