Do you have any tricks and traps that you'd like to share about your GPS or how you use it ?
My only experience is with Garmin but some of my tips may apply to other makes.
- I only ever used routes once and it wasn't a very good experience. Now, I just travel waypoint to waypoint (WP). I usually create all of my wp's in Garmin's Mapsource.
- My waypoints are normal about 150 - 200 miles apart. If I need more to keep me on my intended route, then I add them as needed. It's so easy to change wp's on the move that this really works well for me.
- When I create wp's, I usually name them something like "00 Home", "03 Merritt", "06 Cache Ck". The reasoning being that all of my waypoints will be sorted in the order of travel both in Mapsource and on the GPS. This is especially helpful when I am in unfamiliar territory and I don't know the names of all the towns that I will pass through and what the order should be without looking at a paper map. The reason that I space the numbers 3 apart is in case I need to add a wp at a future time, I've left a little space. If I'm on a really long trip, I will use a 3 digit prefix. In June, I'm heading to Ottawa and then Washington DC. In that case, I've created 3 separate Mapsource files and will download the first leg wp's at home, the second batch in Ottawa, and the third in Washington DC, each time deleting the previously downloaded wp's.
- When heading out on a new trip, I often find that I'm adding wp's that I've used in past trips. Now, I create a master wp file which often becomes my starting point for a new trip. It's easier to delete what I don't need that to add wp's from scratch.
- Have you ever created a Mapsource file and then found that a lot of the wp's that you need are in another Mapsource file? And, you'd like to find an easy way to copy wp's from one file to the other ? Just open two instances of Mapsource and open the two data files - one data file in each Mapsource instance. With the wp's tab open on each data file, just copy wp's from one file to the other. Works like a hot damn. A dual monitor setup really helps.
I'm sure I'll think of other tips & tricks but that should get the discussion started.