Keeping the Windmill Alive - Where was your last trip with your GPS?

 

If anyone is in danger of losing their windmill, maybe you can share with us the last place your GPS took you and if you encountered any problems, or if you use it to seek out special places to go. (Like Thai Food, ice cream shoppes, etc.) Anything to keep your windmill alive smile.

This isn't my last trip, but I thought I'd share this.

My sister and her husband just got back from England and Scotland. Before they left they purchased a Nuvi 270. She said it saved their marriage.

With absolute accuracy, it took them down old dirt wagon roads and goat paths until they reached their destination - an old English cottage in the middle of no where that belonged to an old aunt. I saw the pictures of these four ft. wide dirt roads and was amazed that a GPS even knew they existed.

The GPS also was a big help in city driving as well.
After much debate, they were truly happy with their decision to buy it for this trip. She said the could have rented one for $20 a day out there and they stayed 20 days. Considering they paid $400 for it here in the US, it paid for itself. My sister said that if she never used it again, she got her monies worth!
(Being a golfer and a motorcycist, I'm sure she'll be using it again, and again.)

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same here

asianfire wrote:

That is funny that you said that. After I got mine, 4 of my coworkers got it. Two of my friends got it, and one of them got about 5 of his family to buy one. My father got one as well as my aunt after I got mine.

Two co-workers and a family member... two were Nuvi's and one Tom Tom. Hmmm, I think this whole GPS thing is getting popular. wink

Keeping the windmill alive

What a great idea! My wife and I took a trip to FL from NC and visited friends at three different locations. Our Nuvi saved us a lot of trouble looking for old hand written directions to our friends homes.

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Nuvi 350 - North Carolina - I'm not a native Southerner but I got here as fast as I could!

Boston....

Burlington VT -> TD Banknorth Center to catch a Boston Bruins game with a bunch of team mates and friends... 27 in all! A stop at the NH Scotch Shoppe on the way back was obligatory....

Geoff

GPS showed icon as offroad

On my last trip, my nuvi 360, displayed the message that it lost satellite link and then when it came back on, showed that I was travelling off-road. I had to master reset it to make it function normally.

Tortilla Flat, AZ

Took a day trip up through Tortilla Flat, AZ. Our Nuvi 360 absolutely refused to take us along the 88 from Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt. It kept trying to send us back the way we came to take a completely different route. Even if we asked it to take us a half mile further on the 88, it would do the same thing.

Really weird.... :/

last trip

mine was to nearby junction (114 and President George Bush Turnpike) just to check whether red light camera at junction in Miss-POI's Point of intrest file or not! wink. It was first time use of POI for enforcement camera.

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Dont drink and drive. Be aware of low flying aircrafts. Drive as fast as you can and go to Jail.

Wife took the wrong train

Wife took the wrong train from work and have to pick her up in New Brunswick, NJ and had dinner around the area.

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nuvi 2460LMT

Strange...

mr_crinkle wrote:

Took a day trip up through Tortilla Flat, AZ. Our Nuvi 360 absolutely refused to take us along the 88 from Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt. It kept trying to send us back the way we came to take a completely different route. Even if we asked it to take us a half mile further on the 88, it would do the same thing.

Really weird.... :/

That is odd... MapSource routes it with no problem, as does my nuvi 260 in simulation mode.

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Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

AZ to MI and Back

I flew to Detroit from Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and used my Nuvi much of the way to watch our progress (got to 39,000 feet and about 610 MPH - pretty cool!). Then, I drove a car back using the Nuvi to lead the way. I plotted a few intermediary points to take the major roads I wanted (travel through Indy rather than Chicago). I did run into a couple of intersections that had been changed from the Navteq maps, but nothing tricky. We also decided to drive much farther than originally planned and used the built-in POI database to find a convenient hotel in Oklahoma City. Everything worked well.

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--- GPSmap 60CS, Nuvi 650 & Nuvi 1490T---

Family and Friends

rwilso5573 wrote:

I'm new to the GPS world. We bought a C340 and headed north from North Carolina to PA to visit some of my wife's family. We had not been in years. I must say that the trip was very enjoyable with Jill directing the way. We plugged in all of the addresses and it took us straight there and back with no problems. This was the most stress free trip that I have ever took. We threw away all of the paper maps. From now on Jill will lead the way.

I created a folder and named it "Family & Friends" under that folder I have one name "Family" and the other one "Friends" inside those folders I have all of them with their name and address and phone number, so we can call ahead, when going to a distant city we can always stop for a cup of coffee with someone we haven't seen in a long time, also in route we make stops to visit with the ones that are near the road we are traveling.

Later this month we are going to Miami for a birthday party, the house we are going to we have visited only once many years ago and it was a nightmare to find, lucky we had a cell phone to call several times for directions, if you are familiar with Miami you know it is not an easy city to navigate because numerous canals that cut across the city, also there is the problem of Hialeah, it is surrounded by the city of Miami and the streets names in Miami that traverse across Hialeah change their name going in and out; lets see how my Nuvi will handle that since the house is in Hialeah and we are staying in Miami.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

Work :(

Love the red lights.

green lights

LongAce wrote:

Love the red lights.

I like them green.

I don't like that yellow

I don't like that yellow light. The other day on Route 9 in NJ, I decided to slow for the yellow and nearly got rammed from behind.

I wonder how many people actually get rammed from behind because they stopped for a yellow on one of those roads that the speed limit is 50 or 55. Even with proper distance to slow down, those yellow lights have a mind of it own regarding how quickly they change to red.

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nüvi 3590LMT "always backup your files"

Looking for Lowes

While traveling through Gainesville, GA I wanted to stop at a Lowes. Did the search to find the nearest store and Jill guided me there.

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Jim Garmin nuvi 660

RE: Family & Freinds

flaco wrote:
rwilso5573 wrote:

I'm new to the GPS world. We bought a C340 and headed north from North Carolina to PA to visit some of my wife's family. We had not been in years. I must say that the trip was very enjoyable with Jill directing the way. We plugged in all of the addresses and it took us straight there and back with no problems. This was the most stress free trip that I have ever took. We threw away all of the paper maps. From now on Jill will lead the way.

I created a folder and named it "Family & Friends" under that folder I have one name "Family" and the other one "Friends" inside those folders I have all of them with their name and address and phone number, so we can call ahead, when going to a distant city we can always stop for a cup of coffee with someone we haven't seen in a long time, also in route we make stops to visit with the ones that are near the road we are traveling.

Later this month we are going to Miami for a birthday party, the house we are going to we have visited only once many years ago and it was a nightmare to find, lucky we had a cell phone to call several times for directions, if you are familiar with Miami you know it is not an easy city to navigate because numerous canals that cut across the city, also there is the problem of Hialeah, it is surrounded by the city of Miami and the streets names in Miami that traverse across Hialeah change their name going in and out; lets see how my Nuvi will handle that since the house is in Hialeah and we are staying in Miami.

flaco:
Where did you create this folder at? In the GPS, PDA, lap top? If you mean GPS, I'm interested in knowing how to do so.

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To Knoxville

Just finished a trip from Wisconsin to Knoxville, TN on buiness. We saw something that amazed us for this time of the year... there was this brown stuff.. that didn't have white stuff on it... We finally remembered that it was called dirt... lol

In my yard in Wisconsin, we had about 2.5 - 3 feet of standing snow. In my drive way, the piles (drifts) where I shoveled my drive way were about 5 feet high on each side.

And then we get to Knoxville, and nothing... 71 degrees, yellow ball in the sky and brown stuff under our feet... Nice!

No signal

gregb882 wrote:

I flew to Detroit from Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and used my Nuvi much of the way to watch our progress (got to 39,000 feet and about 610 MPH - pretty cool!). Then, I drove a car back using the Nuvi to lead the way. I plotted a few intermediary points to take the major roads I wanted (travel through Indy rather than Chicago). I did run into a couple of intersections that had been changed from the Navteq maps, but nothing tricky. We also decided to drive much farther than originally planned and used the built-in POI database to find a convenient hotel in Oklahoma City. Everything worked well.

I took my C340 on our Southwest flight to Phoenix. It was never able to acquire satelites, so I never got to see our route. The Nuvi's must be better at finding them.

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Originator of Keeping Your Windmill Alive. Live in MA & have a cooking website. 6 yr. member. http://kitchentoysmakecookingfun.blogspot.com/

In the pc

rwilso5573 wrote:

flaco:
Where did you create this folder at? In the GPS, PDA, lap top? If you mean GPS, I'm interested in knowing how to do so.

You make the folders in the PC then create the family.csv and the friends.csv and place them to the corresponding folder, once you upload them with POI loader you will see in the GPSr a main tab called Family & Friends and when you tap on it it will show two more tabs one for Family and one for Friends.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

Here is how I do it...

I did the same as well and here is how I did it...

Created a main folder called "Contacts" then put subfolders underneath it and then the pois. Here is the structure...

Contacts
--subfolder "Family"
--------Family.csv (which includes all my family)
--subfolder "Friends"
--------MyFriends.csv
--------Daughter'sFriends.csv
--subfolder "Work"
--------WorkContacts.csv
--subfolder "Medical"
--------Doctors.csv
--------Dentist.csv

ETC....

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

I've started a new job.

And I'm currently going through training. The locations are all over Houston.. My magellan has been a lifesaver in my opinion..

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t

GPS to the rescue

Enroute home from Texas, came upon an accident on I-35W.

Managed to get into an exit lane, hit detour on the C340 and had a nice tour through an industrial area of Fort Worth... my! what a big Budwieser plant/warehouse...

15 mins later was back on I35 heading home.

I'm sure the GPS saved me at least 30 mins.

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John Nuvi 750 765T Winnipeg, MB

Mine has a problem with one

Mine has a problem with one particular section of highway that it doesn't know you can turn left onto. It routes you a mile away.

I notified garmin. Closed roads, gravel roads, and non-existant roads seem to be the biggest problem

(keeping windmill alive)

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Zumo 450, Mac user

Snowshoe...

Nice little trip to snowshoe. Very very long drive.

Love my garmin

My family and some friends took a trip to Rome and Florence this past Thanksgiving, and I made sure to pack my nuvi 370. I purchased a case that I can clip onto my day pack, which allows me to keep the garimin covered except for the antena sticking out. Plugged in my earphone and off we went. It was like having a guided tour of the cities. I just programed in the places that we wanted to visit and put it in pedestrian mode and we got there without problems. Even little shopping adventures did not get us off course. While a few in the group initially thought that using the gps was silly, by the end of our trip 2 people were planning to purchase one when we got back.
Love my garmin

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Happy Trails

last gps trip

i use my gps around town (Atlanta, Ga)daily, but my last trip was to Lynchberg TN, to the Jack Daniel invitational BBQ - that was a fun trip and got me there in great time and all around the area. I will do that trip again this year

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marnoldi Nuvi 680 & Nuvi 2797LMT

Still on my last trip...

My daughter plays both Travel volleyball and Soccer and we purchsed the Garmin C350 for the trips involved with these sports. Currently I am in Cleveland for a Volleyball tournament I would have a hard time finding some of the venues without the GPS.

Kevin

Texas Trip

I also traveled to Texas for a couple of Job Interviews. I cannot tell you how much Nuvi helped me out in getting around in DFW and Houston. I would have never explored like that prior to having a GPS.

Bill- Nuvi 360

Destination: Courtyard Mariott Saugus/Revere (Massachusetts)

We were doing good, travelling on the "highlighted route" and listening to Jack. On the three lane highway, Rt. 16 Jack told us take a left to Courtyard Marriott. My husband said Jack was wrong because there were jersey barriers and it didn't look like there was a break. So he got in the far right lane to look for the exit. I argued and lost. Lucky he didn't listen to me or Jack, because up ahead of us we saw the big Courtyard Mariott on our left.

Know how would I report that sort of happening to Navteq?

If we had gotten in the far left lane, we would have missed the exit and who knows how long it would have been before coming to another one so we could turn around to go back!

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Originator of Keeping Your Windmill Alive. Live in MA & have a cooking website. 6 yr. member. http://kitchentoysmakecookingfun.blogspot.com/

wow

wow

From MI to Cleveland Ohio

Going back there tomorrow. Hope the snow storm stays away.

Abe's place

Just visited Abraham Lincoln's birthplace outside Hodgenville, KY. My garmin got me there but wanted me to turn the wrong way off the highway.

Interesting they built a large memorial building to house his log cabin about 1910. 40 years later they decided the log cabin was not really Abe's after all but it would have left them with an empty memorial so it has remained there. It is now called his symbolic cabin....

Did you save the "True" coordinates

You didn't save the real coordinates once you got there did you? If so, please post them.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

No need

asianfire wrote:

You didn't save the real coordinates once you got there did you? If so, please post them.

>Where To
>Near...
>Hodgenville KY
>POI
>Attractions

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

POIs can be off, coordinates

POIs can be off, coordinates aren't. That is why I wanted the coordinates.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

OK

asianfire wrote:

POIs can be off, coordinates aren't. That is why I wanted the coordinates.

Got the address from Google and coordinates from GPS Visualizer
-85.737209,37.532104

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7 - Toyota Entune NAV

hholiday with gps

just returned from las vegas used my 650 every day . When I got it wife figures another usless toy but after it found all the stores and shopping centres she was looking for her tune changed very quickly.now she asks were is the gps when we get in the car. I am very pleased with this unit, it is my first one.

snowshoe

is that snowshoe mountain in wv you mentioned ,if so howd ya like the new village square

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my drinking team has a racing problem ...( garmin c330..delorme earthmate LT20 )

Use

My son is looking to buy a house and he and my wife use our Nuvi 670 to find the houses he is interested in. I program the addresses as favorites and away they go. I also took it to Florida in February to visit my sister who lives in a manufactured homes park, it even has all the streets in the park listed, truely amazing.

Doug

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Nüvi 670

great info!

great info on this site! How does it compare to other POI databases?

I haven't found

jeffreyleach wrote:

great info on this site! How does it compare to other POI databases?

I haven't found any other sites as friendly, useful or have as many different FREE POI files.
Of course , I've stopped looking elsewhere for POI filess as I usually use the ones here or generate my own !

And the Female part of the Management is cute too !
Sorry JM ! cool

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

Disney Land!

Disney Land!

I'd be lost without it!

I'm a Realtor and use my GPS daily, even when not working! It has really been a stress-saver for me, and my clients are always impressed that I know where everything is, LOL! wink
The only trouble I have is some times it tells me to take a longer way to get to the next address. I'm glad I really do know the short cuts most of the time while in different subdivisions, otherwise I'd be going 3 blocks out of my way!

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- KC ;) Lovin my nuvi 660! + Treo 755p - iQue 3600

Last Trip

Earlier this week my family took a trip to Harrison Hot Springs, BC. My nuvi 660, as usual, was very reliable but I was much less impressed by the Navteq maps that didn't even have the street that the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa was on. As a result of this the hotel did not even show up on the device when I did a search for it. Both the hotel and street have been around for like decades. Strange because other streets in this village are shown with their proper names on my nuvi. C'mon Navteq I realize that this is a small rural village in British Columbia, Canada but there is a renowned resort there. Don't do an 80% job of mapping the area, do a complete job! I had to use acme mapper, which had the resort's address, to convert the resort's location to lat.and long. and then plunk that into my nuvi to get the device to navigate me to the resort (as a favourite). Anyways enough of my rant.

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Peter

from big smiles to big frowns

my last trip was to atlantic city, nj from germantown, md for a football coaching clinic (im a volunteer hs football coach) my destination is about 2 hours and 40 mins?)
i get pulled over for speeding after the second turnpike toll-- almost 2 hours from where i was. i was only a few minutes drive away.. i noticed my ETA from my nuvi 660 dipped frequently because i was going decent 'fast' speed.. (but safe.. honestly) i was feeling very good about my driving because i was saving time.
mr cop pulled me over for going 84 on their 65 mph (which i think is bs.. too slow for a huge highway)
he then says my registration is expired (emission test). i had just bought my car and is under a year old-- i wasnt aware of the emissions info (its my first car, ever). he said i recieved notes in the mail saying to get it checked.. i had just moved before i got the car so it was obviously sent to the old address!
anyway mr police man told me i was driving illegally-- so he proceeds to get my car towed. he dropped me off at a dunkin donuts where i had to wait 4 hours for friends to come get me. people at the dunkin donuts told me i was the 5th one she saw sitting there staring at their ticket. btw i got pulled over on the 29th of feb. so yea.. i should have remembered it was quota time.

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A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.

RE: From Big Smiles o Big Frowns

Sorry to hear that! What state was it in that you got pulled, I take it was NJ. They are well known for speed traps, however, they do use a lot of X band which is very easy to pick up. So get a Radar Detector. It won't keep you from getting a ticket if you don't drive smart, but it will help if you do.

Most likely, if you get the registration up to date, they will drop it. So really worry about the speeding ticket.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

I drove down to New Orleans

I drove down to New Orleans from Ohio for the National Championship game in January. That was the last long trip I took with my Garmin 250W. It is so much better traveling with GPS and I wish I had it on the our trip out west last summer.

We drove from Ohio to Denver, then Salt Lake, then Grand Canyon (south rim), Vegas and back to Ohio. It would have really come in handy for that trip.

Another Ski Trip

This time, I was able to take a trip to Wisp. Love it even better then Snowshoe.

Chestertown Maryland

My first and last trip with my GPS was to a place in Chestertown, Maryland for my 8th anniversary. It was my last trip only in the sense that it's the latest one, not because I had a bad experience.

Nevertheless, the nuvi 260 had a tough time coming back to the DC area through Annapolis. It wanted me to take a turn off a major highway (RT 50/301 between Annapolis, MD and the Washington Beltway) that would have definitely added some serious time to my trip. The voice was getting pretty insistent, so I had to turn it off after the third time it tried to get me to go off the main highway.

Thankfully, I knew the route and just wanted to see whether the GPS would take me the same way.

myrtle beach gps worked

myrtle beach gps worked great .

last trip

myrtle beach .

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