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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Downloading data from Garmin to PC
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:29:44 am »
I'm about to pick up a Garmin GPSmap60Cx and have a question about downloading the daily activity.  Next April I'll start the ride  (western express to the TA) for my charity event (  I would like to maintain a daily log of GPS information and the map60cx seems to be the best fit.  But I wasnt sure how it transfer's data from the device to a Netbook that I'll travel with.  The reason for the netbook is that it takes a USB port and the Garmin 60cx has the USB cable included. 

My question is this...  Does anyone know what the display looks like (what kind of file is transfered to a PC) and can I transfer the waypoint and such to a BING map or Google mapping platform.  If there is a weblink out there to walk me throught that would be great. 

And before anyone jumps on me "YES I have researched the ACA site for this info and none of my keywords brought up my answer".

I'm still researching touring / mapping websites to update everyone on my progress.

Many thanks ahead of time.

Forget Google Maps.  Use the ACA map system and you'll have a good start.

General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 11, 2011, 12:29:53 pm »
Great information.  Thanks a bunch but unfortunately my meger budget won't be able to afford that kind of data center.  But I'm probably gonna go with the Garmin Forerunner 305 to link up all data to the Garmin Connect site.  The real time tracking device is gonna probaly be a combo of a smart phone and something like this to do the online tracking.

The only problem with the smart phone tracking is the dead spots thru NV.  I have another option for real time tracking by using the military grade BLUE TRACKER but I'm still trying to contact one of my old operators from my recon bn. 

Do good things and meet interesting people
No doubt!!!

Thanks again

General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 09, 2011, 02:03:16 pm »
I had paper journals and libraries, and it was great.  I met fantastic people--librarians are among the best of the best--escaped the heat, learned key intel about the local area, often met people who gave me a place to stay.  Even if you carry a laptop, don't ignore the libraries!

Great idea.  Thanks for helping out our wounded warriors. 

General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 08, 2011, 05:45:34 pm »
Thanks folks for the input.  All excellent feedback.  Thanks a bunch. 

General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 05, 2011, 01:44:23 pm »
Just a wee bit of research will bring up dozens of comments on many threads. Put "computer" into the search field.

Yep done that.  But to many folks seem to be passive aggressive about this topic.  Hence the reason for interactiing with this board. 

Just a little background.

This ride is not about me but instead its about our wounded Marines and Sailors who have been injured while serving our country.  Next I would love to do it old school as elluded to in this proposal.

How do you think we crossed the country a few years ago? We documented our tour with disposable film cameras, wrote and then mailed postcards, and made a collect phone call every few days, if we felt like it. Mostly, we just cruised along without a care.

But unfortuately I need to maintain a realtime and blog like updates.  Good point and I'm pretty old school with tactics and logistics. 
I'm planning to use a live tracker also for views to maintain my progress.  This real time tracking device is getting supplied from a friend who works for a government contractor.  But thats getting off topic...

Thanks for the feedback.

General Discussion / Computers and the bike
« on: November 04, 2011, 11:02:55 pm »
Next spring I'll be doing the western express to the TA.  I'm considering bringing my Lenovo Laptop.  I'd like to bring a smart phone that might not be in the budget.  Has anyone lugged their laptop cross country and if so your thoughts... 


General Discussion / Re: Camp Coffee That Doesn't Suck
« on: November 02, 2011, 11:03:06 pm »
I love my Jet Boil's.  I use em on climbing and touring trips all the time.  I'll use one for water boil and then their coffee press.

Might be a bit bulky for ya but I'll sacrifice weight / size for quality coffee in the morning.

Colorado / Re: Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:06:32 pm »
IF I continue east past Cedar City I was actully going to go south of the Breaks NP on the 14 thru Duck Creek to the 89 and North...   Granted that doesn't really help cause I hit 9,980ft as I head south on the 14.  As the months mark down to the launch date I'll have to adapt and adjust my route almost on the fly.  Stay tuned.

Colorado / Re: Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 26, 2011, 01:33:00 am »
All good points.  Another alternate route is to take something south out of Cedar City to Northern AZ and NM.  But still working out the details on the final route.  I agree as last year's La Nina was brutal.  Also I really cannot make to many changes my time frame but I can make changes to the route.  If the winter and spring are showing passable conditions I do like the idea of your 160. 

Colorado / Re: Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:55:49 pm »
Sweet Jesus!!!  I just overlayed your CO Dolores to Pueblo on to my Google Earth.  Great work and it'll help. 

Colorado / Re: Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 25, 2011, 11:49:57 pm »
SWEET!  Thanks a million.  Thats great beta.  I may ping you closer to my launch date to follow up.  If you have a moment can you send me your email address to  Promise not to take to much of your time but just a ping on weather and ground cover. 

Thanks again for the info


Colorado / Re: Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:19:25 pm »
John thanks for the quick response.  I have many balls in the air with this project and I need to lock down a route and alt route for purposes of media and route awarenss.  Good beta. 

I'll be carry all foul weather gear (goretex, layers, etc). 

Colorado / Dolores to Pueblo CO
« on: September 23, 2011, 12:01:23 pm »
Hi my name is Tim Tuomey and I'm currently in charge of a charity benefit ride that will run from April 12 to June 21st of 2012.  All of my information is on my site at  

This is my ride page for my question -

This thread is not intened to pitch the group but hopefully clear up some confusion and concerns I'm having about this portion of my ride.   Last night I ran into a TA rider in my small town of Miwuk Village CA.  I live in the Sierra so I'm very much use to the Mountains and what they can offer.  But when talking to this rider I told him about my plan to be in Dolores CO in early May and he said you'll never make it.  Now I've been lurking on this site and from what I can gleem this portion of the ride shouldn't be that bad even taking into consideration the month and altitude.  I will be self contained and will be prepared for the worse.  

So here is my question.  How bad was the roads from Dolores CO to Pubelo CO taking route 550 to the 50 (Dolores, Montrose, Poncha City and Pueblo)?  Also is there a southern option I can take from Cedar City through Northern AZ / New Mexico and up back to Pueblo.  

I've been to the Crazyguy's bike site and its kinda hard to pull information regarding this nich question.

Midwest / US Rt 60 (Springfield to Winona MO)
« on: September 03, 2011, 12:31:11 pm »
I'm planning a TA ride and after view Google earth and a few other maps can anyone tell me if Rt 60 is ok for TA riders? 


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