Yes Mildot, I agree.
The first thing I want to know is "where am I"?
This goes hand in hand with "am I where I think I should be"?
Sure, I love the track log, and down load it to my computer, but the primary function of my gps is to give me a location, which I then place on my map.
If you want to learn to navigate effectively with the GPS, study and understand UTM. The meter system works very well as it's easy to work with when trying to pin point a location.
Buy paper topo maps of the area you're going to ride in. If the UTM grid isn't on the map then take a pencil and straight edge and grid the map.
Map and compass are more problematic in the steep mountains as it's difficult to find a reference in the bottoms, yet easier on the peaks.
I've ran into several people in the Cohutta's over the years who had no clue where they were, or how to get to where the wanted to be.
One person, left Dally Gap on the east side of the wilderness area and was going to make a loop, connecting to penitentiary branch trail, and back to Dally Gap.
He was actually at Alaculsy, on the west side of the wilderness area, 17 miles from where he wanted to be. When I showed him where he was, he didn't want to believe me.
He had nothing but a water bottle.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.