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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Originator of Keeping Your Windmill Alive. Live in MA & have a cooking website. 6 yr. member. http://kitchentoysmakecookingfun.blogspot.com/
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Keeping the Windmill Alive - Where was your last trip with your

My wife and I had a conference to go to in Galveston, TX. Heck, we live in Houston only 50+ miles away but we weren't exactly sure where the hotel was so we took the nuvi. It was a beautiful day and we got to Galveston on the major road and then turned towards the Gulf to go to the hotel. Within a mile the "sea fog" moved in and we were down to zero visibility and it was noon time. The nuvi got us to the right address and said we are at the destination but we still couldn't see a thing. We inched along and found the entrance driveway with a sign for the hotel. Needless to say, we will always carry the nuvi even if we think we know where we are going!!!

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Sandman --------Nuvi 370

That is when the GPS shine

sandman wrote:

Needless to say, we will always carry the nuvi even if we think we know where we are going!!!

For 20 years I drove the same route to work using the expressway and every once in a long while there was some kind of bottle neck due to accidents, on those occasions I had to take the nearest exit and navigate in unfamiliar territory using city streets, many times I wound up lost, I wished back then there was a GPSr in the car, now for that reason I always have mine in the car and turned on, not to follow Jills babbling "recalculating" but just in case I need to make a quick exit.

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

Almost everyday

I used mine almost to explore other road in case traffic congestion with my GTM-12. To find fastest route to any destination even I know the way.

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

trip to the Philippines.

That was by far the longest trip I made with my C330. It was exactly halfway around the world from NYC

almost everyday

I use mine all the time I don,t have any paper maps.

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Couldn’t find Route 306 in

Couldn’t find Route 306 in Monsey NY, after playing with the address in my Nuvi I found it under Hwy 306. I notified Navteq via there web page for future corrections. Passenger was impressed and fare was received. Phew!

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nüvi 3590LMT "always backup your files"

My last trip

I belong to a men's group here in NC and we have about 40 special interest groups within. We are about 340 members strong. One of my favorite groups is the hiking group. Most of our hikes are in state parks in NC. The first hike I went on my friend took me through rural back roads I will never find again. That was when I built the POI for NC State Parks.

Yesterday we went to Pilot Mountain and my GPS took me right to the entrance. I have more use for my GPS for local travel around NC as I have only been here for the last four years.

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

nuvi 260

I like to drive around town with my nuvi set on veiw map. This way I can learn all the darn street names since only half of the roads have signs.

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http://uss-silversides.com

Yesterday on a trip to

Yesterday on a trip to Grandkids place, I saw a Sheriff K9 vehicle that had a Nuvi 680 planted on the dash-- right where it is not suppose to be! K9 units are allowed to take the B&W vehicles home. I see where this would be very handy for going to the many address they are required to go and at all hours of the day/night!

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NUVI 680, NUVI 5000, MS S&T,

Nuvi 650

took us to Babies R Us for another box of diapers for our new granddaughter!! Kool! On the 7th of April, Nuvi will take us back to Arizona to get the RV and bring it back to California so I can get back to fly fishing in Northern California and Oregon. That is, if I can bear to leave my little granddaughter!! grin

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Garmin Nuvi 650, Garmin eTrexLegend, Magellan 360

My windmill is alive

I keeping my windmill alive. Yipee!

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

Found China Town

Took my family to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Was looking for a fun place to bum around and eat and have never been to Chinatown. What a trip the family thought it was a riot. I would of never bothered venturing over there if it were'nt for the GPS help.

flip

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Flip Garmin Street P.330 Garmin 255WT Garmin LM50

avoid traffic

Use my GPS to avoid traffic congestion.

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

Atlanta

I used my new Nuvi 660 this past weekend to drive to Atlanta.

The traffic alert warned us of 2 accidents in Chattanooga, TN and we avoided one of them, the other was only a 2-3 minute delay so we pressed on.

In Atlanta, I used the Dave And Busters POI to get us to the location in Marietta (even though I know where it is, and have been to it hundreds of times in the past years).

Then we used the Trader Joe's POI to get us to the Sandy Springs store. We've passed it a few times and it took us right to the door.

After that we used the street directions to get us to our hotel, and to a friends house near there. I added both as favorites, and used them several times to travel between the two locations all weekend.

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Nuvi 660 owner.

Tampa

Took the nuvi680 down to Tampa. Helped tremendously - although the incorrect traffic camera locations from the traffic camera file on this site were somewhat of an annoyance.

Those locations have been removed

margelef wrote:

Took the nuvi680 down to Tampa. Helped tremendously - although the incorrect traffic camera locations from the traffic camera file on this site were somewhat of an annoyance.

This week I was able to clean up the Florida section of the file and it should be a bit less annoying now:)

I will be updating the file this morning.

Miss POI

Billings, MT

I just got back from Portland and Billings, what a life saver! I'll never leave home without it!

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John, Nuvi 65LMT, Mac User

Walmart

I was about 100 miles from home and got a sinus infection.called my Dr..she called a prescription into the Home walmart. I then went to my car found the closest walmart and the phone number came up called there pharmacy and ask for a transfer of prescriptions, It was ready when I arrived.

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

Mobile

I went to Mobile, Alabama last weekend (only about 174 miles from my home). My son-in-law works at Firestone in Tillman's Corner, so I followed him to work so I could get his mechanic to work on my van. I had to get back to where he and my daughter live on my own and had never been to Tillman's Corner before. Got there with no difficulty and then got everyone to the local Outback Steakhouse that evening. I'm going from Montgomery to Dayton, Ohio Friday morning. It'll be the longest trip I've taken since I got the Nuvi. I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs.

Next weekend

Well, next weekend, the wife and I will be driving to Blowing Rock, NC for their 3rd annual wine festival.

I'm going to mark several locations (hotels, restaraunts, etc...) and see if I can make a POI for it.

Maybe if I feel froggy enough, I'll try to make it into a tourguide of it....

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Nuvi 660 owner.

DC as well

I also use my Nuvi in DC and love it. The best usage is when I find new "shortcuts" between my known route, an excellent way to expand my knowledge about the city. my only complaint is when we try the built in points of interest, sometimes a restaurant is not there any longer...

Kalahari

Just came back from Kalahari (the waterpark)...in Sandusky, OHIO (not the one in Africa he he he). It was great. The red light alerts in Cleveland was useful. The only problem was I still have the old version map so I had to get the nearest intersection which was milan road and the highway and then used browse map and set/ saved the location on the C330.

July Trip

Wife and I are headed to BAHHHHHSTON, in July can't wait. Going to spend a night in the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, reserved the room where step mamma got 40 whacks.

Probably head over to Smith & Wesson for a wander around to see if there's something I can't live without.

Of course CHEERS and whatever else we can come up with between now and then.

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Lifetime NRA & USPSA member

Bahhhhhhhston area !

jmar254 wrote:

Wife and I are headed to BAHHHHHSTON, in July can't wait. Of course CHEERS and whatever else we can come up with between now and then.

Don't forget to visit "The Constitution" in Bahhhhston Harba and The Adams (John & John Quincy) houses in Quincy, Ma. about 6-7 miles South of Bahhhhhhhston ! Adam's houses about 3 miles North of where I grew up !

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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 !

New GPS Owner

I have to say that I am quite impressed with the Garmin -- so much so that I bought another one within two weeks (my better half claimed the first one).

During a recent trip to the annual Texas antique fair in Round Top, the Garmin proved its worth. At the end of the day, traffic was backed up for miles in both directions. I hit the detour button, and the gpsr took us via backroads (including gravel roads) outta there!

Brampton, Ontario

The detour button helped me avoid a huge backup on the QEW heading back to the US border. It made me go to Dundas instead which was parallel to the QEW (403)

WAAS...

Tarkus wrote:

I personally like the WAAS option on my Nuvi 350.

Me too! I only use mine in my car, so my battery never wears down!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

California

on Sunday for 6 months! Heat in AZ a little above "hot" so we are going to cooler weather. Nuvi 650 should get me to the new place w/o any problems (now that I checked the right buttons). Coming down to AZ 3 weeks ago, Nuvi tried to take me down side streets in Los Angeles, you don't want to do that! Didn't have any buttons in avoidance checked at all so Nuvi was having a ball messing with my head!! laugh out loud

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Garmin Nuvi 650, Garmin eTrexLegend, Magellan 360

Keepin the windmoll alive

Last month we used our Streetpilot c340 to go from Charlotte, NC to Schuler, Va...AKA the Walton's Family museum. The museum is not on a main road, and not easily found. The GPS did a fairly good job of selecting the best route, though we had to tweek it a bit. Was fun trip, and it did take us right to the museum. I sometimes wonder how we used to go without it. Especially when we would go somewhere by way of someplace else which changes the route alot.

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Unless you are the lead sled dog, the view never changes. I is retard... every day is Saturday! I still own the StreetPilot c340, and the Garmin Nuvi 765t, but upgraded to the NO "recalculating", 3590 LMT.

Hollywood FL. to Melrose MA.

First of all, thanks to all for teaching me how to use my GPS. My first big trip with my GPS, I could not wait. I had been learning the best way to use it for the the last 3 weeks for the trip back home for the Summer. I used Google Map to load all my stops in Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Richmond. It never failed to get right to the front door of our hotels. We used the food button the most. I did load from our site all the rest areas on I-95, I also put in Dunkin Donut, Bank of America ATMs,and of course the red light and speed sites. My wife and I tried to see who could find the camera first. We have done this trip for 4 years and I must say that the GPS use the AAA trip map execpt for using 395 instead of 495 around Washington to 95N. I have bought a lot of toys(as my wife calls them) in my life time but this is the first one that she realy likes.

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Paul..... Nuvi 765T

That would be a cool place to visit

groundhog wrote:

Last month we used our Streetpilot c340 to go from Charlotte, NC to Schuler, Va...AKA the Walton's Family museum. The museum is not on a main road, and not easily found. The GPS did a fairly good job of selecting the best route, though we had to tweek it a bit. Was fun trip, and it did take us right to the museum. I sometimes wonder how we used to go without it. Especially when we would go somewhere by way of someplace else which changes the route alot.

Daughter and I often take day trips on saturdays. What were the coordinates/address of the place?

EDIT: Nevermind, I found the coordinates. They have them right on the website, very cool!

GPS coordinates: N37* 47.472' W078* 42.122'

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

Monticello

We are staying at an RV park in Louisa, VA and used our Garmin to get us to Monticello yesterday. Day before yesterday we used it to get to two Civil War battlefields in VA: Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. We had no idea where we were on the way home from Chancellorsville, but drove some very pretty back roads and arrived home without a problem.

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Fulltime RVer living life as a moving target.

Rocket Locs

I've been using my Nuvi 370 quite often to find the exact locations of my boyfriend's launch sites. (He does the high-powered rocket thing, so launch sites are usually somewhere in the desert, in the middle of dry lake beds). Since launch sites are usually marked with lat/long coordinates anyway, this is a perfect fit! Now if only I could mark routes, I would be totally set!

The Nuvi has also followed me (or led me) around Florida, Texas, up to Yosemite and around, San Francisco, and I lovelovelove the FM receiver anytime I go through LA....

Mio

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Wherever you go, there you are. -Garmin Nuvi 370

What about Petersburg

gbkb602 wrote:

We are staying at an RV park in Louisa, VA and used our Garmin to get us to Monticello yesterday. Day before yesterday we used it to get to two Civil War battlefields in VA: Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. We had no idea where we were on the way home from Chancellorsville, but drove some very pretty back roads and arrived home without a problem.

Have you gone to Petersburg? If you do, don't relay on the GPSr to get you to the correct park. if you want I can give you the coordinates for it.

Appomattox Courthouse is a GREAT place too. Duaghter who hates the civil war sites actually liked this one.

-77.356330,37.241010,VA - Petersburg Battlefield,(Vistor Center/Verified)
-78.798280,37.374770,VA - Appomattox CourtHouse,(Lee's Surrender)Verified Enterance

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

My 660 saved me again

I was driving home late at night, and Saw thew sign that said I-271...I turn the bus as I look down to see the Garmin say turn in 200 ft..AHHH as I look I see I have turned onto a county road that was right at the Marker..I radio the bus that is following me and told her not to follow but turn in 200 ft. She did fine..I was looking for a place to turn a 77 pass Bus around at Midnight...and I hear the Recalculating...GO 1 mile and turn right then turn on to I-71 south..Yes...she Saved me from having to turn around...and put me right back on track I was just 2 miles behind the other bus...and caught them at our exit..the Parents sitting in the front said I have to get one of those Garmin things that was great..Thanks Karen.

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Dave_ Nuvi 660 , 760,1490LMT Wooster, Ohio

Virginia Wineries...wow

Well, I freshly back from a 4 days tour of Virginia Wineries. I used my Garmin 660 the entire time, and only 2-3 times did it take us on a bad path.

The location for the Villa Appalaccia Winery is wrong. It had us over 6 miles away from where it actually was located. (I don't have my Garmin with me this morning, so I can't give you the actual coordinates I mapped out for it. But I'll get them later today).

Just a word of caution for a few of the wineries, lots of them are on dirty/gravel roads that are one lane. Drive slowly and watch out for on-coming cars, and try to keep tabs on where the closest are to pull over to pass or be passed is located.

Some of the wineries are small buildings, like Mountain Cove is in an old barn (complete with bumble bees, that I'm alergic to!!). Others like Veritas, Chateau Morrissette, and some others are huge places on breathtaking estates with incredible views.

Soooo, after 4 days of driving ~1200-1300 miles, drinking about 5-6 bottles of wine each, and having the time of our lives, we're already planning a second trip in August to hit more wineries in Virginia...

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Nuvi 660 owner.

recent trip

My wife and went from Ocala, Fla to Belleville, Mi using our Nuvi 350 and had the highway setting as an avoidance. While this required lots of extra time to fulfill our trip it lead us to some very interesting places and sites. We found many exotic little towns and some very good (and inexpensive) dining places. There were some state routes the gps took us on that were like four lane divided highways that had 60-65 mph speed limits and no traffic (as opposed to our usual route I-75 which is one continuous traffic jam).
We found little shops and general stores that were fun to browse in and county and state parks that were great for hiking and scenery. we enjoyed it so much we have planned to travel this way more often. Our next trip is headed west to the Dakotas and we are going to avoid highways.

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Ray Nuvi 755

Doctor's office...

...and it turned out to be an old address. Had to call for dirctions to make appointment time.

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Nüvi 760 since Xmas.

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

Baltimore MD to Ft. Knox, KY.
No samples. Went through WV with no wrong turns. Only difficulty was when I got on to the base (they were doing a lot of construction).

No Windmill yet

No windmill, not even a star - but working towards it. Used my 750 yesterday to look at several properties in Baltimore City.

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Dave - Annapolis, MD

Have used my c330 in Canada,

Have used my c330 in Canada, Mexico, Cali, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, ...ok a lot of places, and it has never left me hanging. There are a bunch of features I wish it had, but beggers can't be choosy.

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"If there's a new way I'll be the first in line, but it better work this time!"

attractions in Palm Beach &

attractions in Palm Beach & Fort Lauderdale - no problems...

Toronto

Ontario towards Toronto. Make sure it is tolls off (under avoidances). or off to the ETR you go. (Toll road)

Dallas to Austin

I just purchased my new Nuvi 200 today. Of course I connected it when I got into my car, so my first trip was from Best Buy to my house. It worked perfectly. My wife and I are taking a trip tomorrow from Dallas to Austin to visit my daughter, so we will give it a try then. I am already hooked!

Deauxmain

Michigan Trip

I will be using my Nuvi260 in anger for the first time this week end on a trip to Detroit from Montreal. Thanks for the warning about the toll roads around Toronto.

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Nuvi2797LMT,Nuvi1490LMT, Nuvi260,Ford Sync3 Navigation. Captain Cook was a Yorkshire man too.

myrtle beach

going to myrtle beach next week with my garmin c 330

Several trips have proved my GPS's value

We went on a trip to New York a few weeks ago. In advance, I created some POIs for various places we would be in NY state. Some friends who were with us tried to out do the GPS with their map. I just puched up the desired POI and followed the routes. Piece of cake!

Last weekend we took our travel trailer for a short trip. I didn't have any custom POIs setup. My wife goes to Curves to work out almost every morning, and even looks for them while we're on vacations. We forgot the address and pulled up the preloaded POI on the GPS. It took us right there. We also found a decent restaraunt with the built in POIs.

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Chuck - Nuvi 200, Nuvi 255W

Last trip - New Zealand

In April we drove the North and South Island of New Zealand. I downloaded the open source maps of New Zealand (http://gwprojects.orconhosting.net.nz/gps/index.html)on to mynew Nuvi 7700. It was awesome. Locla POI's galore (food, lodging, parks, etc) and was exteremly accurate. One glitch did keep coming up relative to the cCity of Nelson on the North end of the South Island. Trying to cretae a route in (say from Picton where the ferry drops you off) or out (to Blenheim). It keep trying to put us on about 20 miles of non-exisent road. It woudl draw a route right over fields and hills where no road could go. Anybody with a brian and paper map would have figured out that this was a glitch.

As I said behid that, the unit worked great and the free NZ maps were excellent.

OBX

Just got back from the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The weather ranged from warm to windy and rainy. Now we are heading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Garmin Zumo550

My last trip

was yesterday. A day trip to San Antonio and back to Dallas. 12 hours round trip and my C330 got me where I had to be and back.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.
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