I’m back to riding my Yellow Breeches route again for testing different uploads with the Garmin. Last night I used two different route types with two settings each. My first attempt involved using just what are called “cue points”. Basically, all it loads are turn instructions, but then I put in some additional ones to keep it on route where there are some turns or intersections that would normally trip it up. It worked good, but then I switched to “off road”, which wasn’t so great because it then just “connects the dots” without the magenta line staying on the roads. When I went back to “follow roads”, it started throwing out some shortcuts. I wonder if the transition messed things up since I had it calculating the route from a mid-point rather than the beginning? Next I tried a previously loaded route that had some extra waypoints added. It looked good, especially in “follow roads” mode, until I got to one point where the unit had the right road highlighted, but was trying to send me to the next road down, which was also highlighted. When I took the original road, there was no error message and I just kept going without an issue. Still, if I didn’t know the roads, this could be a problem.
I should mention that almost all of these issues would be pretty much minor as long as I print out and carry a cue sheet. Playing around later, I ran the route through .tcx converter before gpsbabel, and then had it show me the result. It looks promising on the map; I’ll probably try it out Thursday.
I should also mention that it was a beautiful ride. The temps dipped to about 65F with no breeze – perfect for shorts and a T shirt. I pushed a little harder than I should have – I can feel it in my thighs this morning.
My latest reading accomplishment was “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.” This true story has intrigued me ever since I read about Amudsen and Scott years ago in “The Last Place on Earth.” I’ll just say that it is enthralling and a testament to toughness: physical and mental. It’s one thing to be strong, completely another to be tough. Shackleton was one tough guy. A fantastic read.
In other news, a shout out to the two very fully loaded tourists I spotted at the corner of Front and Forster this morning around 8:00, trying to get across rush hour traffic. I’m guessing you’re headed down the S route. Good luck when you get to Reeser’s Summit!
Distance: 17.7 miles 2012: 705.7