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post #1 of 5 Old May 4th, 2006, 11:09 pm Thread Starter
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Question MapSource trip planning thoughts

Has anyone caught on to this one yet...?

I had plannned many a long distance ride when I owned my RT. I pulled out state maps and other tools to find out sights and backroads to explore. With a state map spread out on the table I could see almost all the roads and plan my preferred "blue highway" trips. I have had rewarding success discovering many places and when a place is off on some remote road, you really feel like it is a true discovery.

I picked up my LT in January and it came with the GPS/Mapsource package. Now in the last 3+ months I've managed to get 4k miles on this bike. I've used the mapsource and GPS and very efficiently been directed on roads to destinations and have been generally satisfied with the arrangement. However, I recently went to retrace one of my most memorable RT rides in mapsource and found that most of the roads I took didn't appear on the screen until I zoomed into a painfully tight resolution on the screen. This makes for hard Blue highway style planning. That county road that sneaks along parallel to the interstate, but 8 miles to the east doesn't appear in a typical mapsource planning session when your view shows half of the state of Nebraska on the screen or even just the pan-handle.

So I guess this is just a possible chat starter or at least word of caution about long trip planning. Stick with the paper maps for those important long adventure trips. GPS is great for 'big roads' or trips where you have your waypoints in mind and can select "fastest way" or "shortest way". On the other hand for identifiying scenic, award winning highways that pass by certain historic sights, get on down to AAA or the Rand McNally. (Pashnit also helps, if you live in CA).

Anyone else been here?

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When I feel like an 'interesting' ride, I tend to turn on the 'Avoid Highways' in the options on the GPS, still gets you there, but can lead to some very interesting minor roads.
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post #3 of 5 Old May 5th, 2006, 7:59 am
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Been there done that - I still carry detailed paper maps for just that reason. Big pitcture planning.

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post #4 of 5 Old May 5th, 2006, 9:15 am
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You are correct, large and detail it is not a strong suit of GPS sytems. It seems that Mapsource would keep the detail in larger screen segments than it does because you are looking at a much bigger screen on the computer. Should be selectable depending on what kind of monitor you have.

In the GPS systems there are two things that keep detail down as you zoom out, memory capacity/CPU power, and screen resolution.

I have the BMW in dash nav system in my 740, and the last time I upgraded the DVD map software in it, street names disappeared one zoom in step earlier than before. I used to have street names at 450 yard zoom, now I have to go down to 250 yard. That was an unpleasant surprise.

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I just recently installed a 2610 on the LT. I also just recently updated all of my paper maps. I like to spread them out on the table and dream of where my next adventure will be. You can't do that on a GPS. I carry an atlas of the US on all of my trips to look for alternative routes along the way. GPS is great for when you are lost or don't know how to get from A to B, but is of little use for planning a route. IMHO.

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