On the return leg of my trip to the NC mountains today, I took an alternate route created by Mapsource. This was done by inverting the route and placing the slide in the Preferences/Routing/Road selection more towards Prefer Minor Roads. Avoidances were Tolls, Unpaved and U-Turns.
Well my beloved Zumo helped me find two roads with No Outlet, one had a sign and the other a gate. Three roads that became gravel, which I took anyway, only after a few miles to find they went nowhere or turned into a trail. And you guessed it, when I turned around it would try to recalculate back where it sent me to the Land of OZ in the first place. It even told me to turn onto the road I was on and off the road it was pointing to. After a couple of hours of attempting to reconnect with my intended route (even with the compass but not finding a connecting road). I gave up and selected one of my favorites that I figured it could route me to. Then rode the interstate home instead.
Maybe the poor thing became confused while riding along "The World's Edge Road" as I don't think there are any maps of that place. Google Earth seems to get blurry eyed in this area as well. Now that I think about it, the Zumo gets lost when I leave my driveway.
All in all I had a great day riding and did find some beautiful places even though they require backtracking to get back to civilization. And listened to some good MP3's too.
Well, either "Emily" is trying to convince me to buy a dual sport bike or I've got a Zumo 550 Dual Sport Edition.
Had another great ride but ended up on another gravel road for about 10 miles. Well packed and little dust due to a recent rain, and some gorgeous views. Good thing is the road actually went all the way thru this time so no recalculating was needed. Next time I'll take "Karen", since she is from the Outback and may know the difference between gravel and paved roads. Then again she may find even more, I here she is the Tomboy type. Oh well putting another bike in the garage isn't such a bad thing.
Take the unfamiliar road, you never know what you might find.
For some reason... this just hit a chord with me. Got a Zumo too. Just had it a few weeks... and already it's taken me down several road in areas that I thought I knew pretty well.
It's just an amazing piece of gear.
Emily might take you down some rough roads... ladies often do... but, she'll always bring you home. Like any good thing... it only takes a little extra time.
Yeah, now I'm giving serious thought to a side by side 4 wheeler or a Dual Sport. Some of those gravel and dirt roads have something to offer as well.
While riding up the Blue Ridge Parkway in Aug.
Zumo tried to send us on a Dirt road. Steep, gravelly, and rutted. to our Bed and Breakfast.
I turned around and when back on the paved roads, to the B&B,
once to the B&B the owners said " Glad you didn't take that road as it was 7 mile long with 2 creek crossings and it hard to manuver in a 4wheel drive truck ", much less the Goldwing is was riding.
wife said......."dam gps"
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