I'm currently planning a long term (as in quit the job long term) cross-country ride, and my touring partner and I hadn't really given much thought to navigation, but after reading all your advice here I have more questions about tour gps navigation now than when I came!
1. Do most of you all plan your long tour routes out on computer beforehand and download them to a gps? And then strictly follow them?
2. If we don't have much in between say the Redwood forest and Crater Lake, I had assumed we'd just plug in Crater Lake's address and see what happens. Is that inadvisable? Should we really make sure to have route plotting software and be comfortable with using it?
3. We are really mostly interested in making sure we get from point A to point B, but not how fast or how many heartbeats we had, or even what roads we did take, just that they're nice, fun and safe. It sounds like avoiding the Edge series is best in this case, yes?
4. The salesperson at REI that we talked to for a while a few weeks ago implied though that the Edge series was superior because it had a mounting system. The other ones mentioned here are also for hikers and thus don't come with mounts she said. Is that true?
5. Being that we're young and of the gadget age, while I trust my map reading skills I feel more comfortable with a gps. But the feeling I'm getting from here is that I should really learn to get used to plotting my routes myself, yes?
6. How is the compatibility of any of the recommended gps systems with apple computers? Yes, I am a mac.
Thanks so much for any and all advice!!