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        12-26-2012, 05:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Dang Gunslinger - I might be able to make that happen next year. I want to get MORE out of my Garmin. I can make it do all kinds of stuff but would really like a class on it to learn all of its tricks. I can go back and look at trails but it is a bunch of push this, push that. I want it simplified so I can go there instantly - not in steps. It may actually do that and I am taking the long way around. Wouldn't be the first time. Mine tells minutes/hours on the trail/moving time but not a Started at 10:05.09 ended at 5:06.15 That is what I want.

    I know I could map out waypoints in advance and follow to them. Hummm....just want it a little different. I run the lanyard through my D-rings and the Garmin though the loop and let it "hang" into my water bottle bag. I think I could put a shorter lanyard/clip on it and clip it to my D-ring up front. I do have a mapholder thingy for the front of my saddle it can go it but then it is flip this/flip that to see it. Hahahahaa I want instant everything!
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        12-26-2012, 06:17 PM
    Green Broke
    If you use mapsource to view your track logs you can right click on the track log and select properties. Each "bread crumb" is time stamped. The one at the top is start time and the one at the bottom is stop time. If you select an index and then do a show on map it'll place just that individual track on the map. Let me look at this some more....I usually wear a watch....and look at the time when I start and again when I there not a clock field?
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        12-26-2012, 06:30 PM
    Do you all have REI in your areas they give a basic class and an advanced class.
        12-26-2012, 06:31 PM
    PS I don't need a better Garmin, I need better eyes
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        12-27-2012, 03:34 PM
    I think Thenrie said it best with this

    Originally Posted by thenrie    
    ... different phones are different in that regard. Some phones will run the battery dead while using GPS even when it's plugged in if other services are also being used! To maximize your battery life, make sure you turn off services like bluetooth, wireless, and 4G while you are on your ride.....
    You gotta know how to operate your device to its maximum. When I finally got around to reading my manuals I found a lot of ways to both conserve battery life and to make the various devices do exactly what I wanted them to.
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        12-30-2012, 04:01 AM
    Originally Posted by thenrie    
    On my smart phone, a Motorola something-or-other, I can select between true gps (a couple different aps) and Google Maps. Google maps runs off of the cell service, so it only works when there is service, and it is only approximate as to location, so that type of ap does not work well for trail rides.
    This is no longer correct. Google Maps supports offline caching of maps and has for at least several months now. To access it, tap the menu button and look for the "Make Available Offline" menu item (should be in the right-hand column). I just did it on my Android 2.2 phone, so I know it works.

    Because Google Maps uses GPS to determine your location, it's accurate down to a few feet. My non-fancy Samsung Android phone (on the Straight Talk prepaid plan) even knows when it's been aimed in a different direction and turns the on-screen pointer to match.
        12-30-2012, 03:10 PM
    Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman    
    Because Google Maps uses GPS to determine your location, it's accurate down to a few feet.
    Yes/no. The latitude-longitude position you get from the GPS is accurate. The map, though, is anybody's guess. In my (admittedly limited) experience, Google Maps are next door to useless for anything but paved streets.
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        12-30-2012, 03:46 PM
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    Yes/no. The latitude-longitude position you get from the GPS is accurate. The map, though, is anybody's guess. In my (admittedly limited) experience, Google Maps are next door to useless for anything but paved streets.
    Never had this problem. (The developers of Apple Maps say it's a feature, not a bug. )
        12-30-2012, 05:11 PM
    I agree with yes/no. Google maps can work in conjunction with GPS, but it will also work on phones that do not have GPS via cell service. That's what I was referring to. I should have been more specific. I can use Google maps with my GPS turned off and it will get me approximate locations, but not exact, off as much as a 1/4 mile sometimes. I believe it is determining location by triangulating from cell towers, which is why it can be off a bit. However, when used in conjunction with GPS, it is my preferred service.
        12-31-2012, 12:01 AM
    Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman    
    Never had this problem. (The developers of Apple Maps say it's a feature, not a bug. )
    Well, they may have done a better job in your neck of the woods than they did hereabouts. When you get to the dirt road level, there are a lot of roads that I ride on (and drive, ride mountain bikes, etc) that don't appear on Google Maps (or any other online map that I've seen); there are roads shown on the maps that don't exist; and there are roads that do exist, but not where the map says they should be. And as for trail information, it's just plain nonexistent as far as I've ever seen.

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