Soo..I just downloaded an app that will apparently track my trail ride with miles and show me an actual map. Im soo excited to go out to the barn tomorrow! I probably wont be taking no 5 hour trail ride, but Im still excited to try this app out.
Does anyone else use their phone/something to track and map their trail rides? Posted via Mobile Device
Okay...I am a complete "maroon" when it comes to GPS and smart phones (I still have a stupid phone). Will the GPS still work if you are in an area without a signal? The GPS part must pick up from a satellite, right? How else could it track your course?
I am such a dinosaur...
Mine picks it up pretty well most of the places that I ride. If you are doing extreme canyon riding in Utah, you may be out of luck. The GPS device is not dependent on phone towers to work or I would be totally out of luck.
Well, apparently this app'll work regardless of cell or data signal..not sure if that's true though, lol.
I start out with about 2 miles just from the barn to the trails (and back, 1 mile each way), so Ill have to see what trails I even have access to at this time of year (too steep/slippery) to see how many miles of trails I can ride.
Id like to do some 50 mile rides come summer again though. Im going to see if I can find the state park trail maps online so I can do some new trails as well when we can trailer again. Posted via Mobile Device
GPS doesn't depend on having a cell phone signal. Lots of places I ride (hike, &c) don't have cell service, but GPS works ok. It just needs sight of a good slice of sky - trees are ok, but canyons may block too many of the satellites for a usable fix. (IIRC you need at least 3, and will get a position faster if you can see more.)
Now if your GPS is built into a smart phone, it may not work if there's no cell signal, but that is a design flaw in the phone, not anything inherent in the system. Good thing to check it before you head out too far.
PS: Just one thing to be aware of is that the maps on a GPS (or on-line) don't always reflect the reality of what's on the ground. Around here a lot of the dirt roads/trails aren't on maps, while other roads shown on the maps don't actually exist, or are several dozen yards from where the map says they should be.