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Newbienac

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Posted: 03/20/14 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK Ladies and Gentlemen: As I am approaching the one-month mark until flight-time, I would like to hear your experience in finding your way. Mind you, I am a mechanical and map midget OK...? When my husband was alive, he did it all and I was the passenger. This trip will be my first rodeo called independence so my questions are endless. I know that my first 250-300 miles is all I need to prepare myself for. After arrival, I can plan on the next 250-300 miles and so on. I get that.

What I don't 'get' however, is should I rely on my 2011 Road Atlas or just trust that when I plug in the GPS coordinates (it is a new GPS), that it will reliably take me to my destination. I feel overwhelmed in that there is so much to consider: Where ARE the dog parks in the vicinity? Which ONES allow dogs, how FAR are the attractions and finding a park/BLM, COE, state/national has openings? What I'm learning here is the more I (think I) know -- the less I know as there are so many options.

Your experience will be welcomed. Thanks!~

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I don't trust the GPS, not saying they are no good but they are not perfect and can lead you wrong, BTDT, so I use maps. You should check your route on a new atlas as roads do change with construction. You can also check state DOT websites for current construction and alternate routes. I do turn the GPS on when near to route changes to better prepare to be in the right lane for merging also good for city driving looking for attractions.
If your using a smart phone most of the things you mentioned finding can be located with your apps, or at a new location check out trip adviser or local govt sites for dog parks or whatever.


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Posted: 03/20/14 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A GPS is a wonderful tool, but you should never blindly follow the route without verifying it ahead of time, if possible.

When I plan out my route I plan it out with Delorme Street Atlas because it makes the roads easy to see. I then plot the route with Garmin Boot Camp, which I then transfer to my GPS. The last step is to check the route on the GPS to make sure it transferred successfully and is following the route the way I planned it. I haven't used a paper map in years. I have them, just don't use them. I can't get them to zoom in and get the fine detail.

I've traveled and toured on my motorcycles for about 5 decades and I love the freedom to hear where I should turn instead of having to search out where I am, and then where to turn, on a paper map. It's a fine and wonderful thing.

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Rule #1 - never trust a GPS to get you anywhere. Plan your route with an Atlas and/or maps, then if the GPS comes up with the same route, use it as you travel.


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I thought so much of my GPS I was about to throw it in the dumpster… the trash collector was there and asked if he could have it..., and I just gave it to him…

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Been using GPS for years and find it to be very reliable. I have had it take me down a dead end street and into a mall lot instead of other side of street, but the road map doesn't get to that detail either. Just use common sense and the GPS is a great tool.


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We combine using Microsoft Map Point on the computer the night before to get the best route. If you're heading to a campground, check out their website for the best directions to them. Also check http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ for comments on getting to the park.

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DH is driver; I am the planner/navigator. To plan, I use Google search for articles and images of POIs. I also pull out our collection of Benchmark maps (both atlas and folding maps) plus NGS Trails Illustrated of specific areas like national parks and remote areas and USFS/BLM maps (even more detail. On out trips, I use our Garmin Colorado, iPhone and newly acquired iPad mini. I used to bring photography location, Moon campground series and rockhounding areas. With the iPad mini, I can leave some paper-based resources at home.

Then, at times we follow serendipity and drive down an inviting backroad or look for historical markers. Follow your heart's desire.


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I always look at a map first to get a general idea. I have a real talent for looking at a map and visualizing it as I drive. I also use the GPS. It gives detailed pictures of exits and squawks at me when I'm going too fast. Various camping guides like Woodalls or Good Sam will tell you what's pet friendly. Most if not all expressway rest areas have dog walks. 2011 atlas is way too old.

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