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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Off to SC

I am off on another trip to Charleston SC. Never been there before, so the Nuvi is sure to be packed! I will follow-up upon return.

-Mike Nuvi 360 Samsung M520 Sprint (Bluetooth'd)

Lake Delton, Even Thought It's Not There

I took a trip last month to Lake Delton, WI. My Garmin 660 map shows it as a big blue blob. Easy to locate. However, that's not what is there. After early summer floods, this man-made lake bursted the dam and all the water got sent down the Wisconsin River (along with some lakeshore houses, etc.).

It was pretty cool walking across the empty lake bed. Lots of interesting debris from seven decades of recreation was piled up by concerned local folks. I didn't see any fish flopping around - so, it looks like the fish had their thinking caps on - they had an hour or so to make their way to the river.

Actually, before Garmin updates that big blue blob to a big brown blob, the dam will be replaced and the lake will be refilled (early '09). I hear tell the stocked fish will take a while longer before they feel comfortable about reproducing and being available for sportsmen and sportswomen.

43.605450, -89.770475

Or . . .




I was Driving up I81 Seat belts were on I was driving correct speed. There was nothing wrong. He said he stopped us because we had a radar detector. I unplugged it going to North Carolina but forgot to unplug it going home. Th make things worse it was doubled because it was in a safety zone.

Ray- **Garmin Nuvi760**

Columbus OH to Connecticut

The NUVI 200W saved us several times. It was wonderful! But my sister kept "dissing" the GPS... saying things like, "OnStar can do the same thing." I'd say, "But you're not subscribed to OnStar." Sister, "But if we were it would do the same thing!" Me, "By the time you pay out the money for using the OnStar system, you could pay for a GPS and be done with it... no more subscription fees." Sister, "Well I'd just as soon go with OnStar." I said, "Well you do that then... meanwhile we'll use the GPS." This sort of banter made for a real relaxing trip! Can't wait for the NEXT one!!! confused


Last Trip (work related)

I was running sound for a band in the Rochester, NY area, at a collage I had never been too. The morning I was supposed to leave, I remembered I did not get a map from my contact person.

So, I decided to "punch it up" on the GPS, and wow and behold, it was in there. I zoomed in on the map to make sure it "looked" like it was in the right place, and it was. Because I was "burned" once before I also checked it out on MapQuest.

So I "loaded up", and off I went. No paper copy, or internet access, just my GPS.

I made it to the site in just under the time the GPS said; 1 Hour and 10 Min.

In a way it was nice not to "have to" think about the directions, just drive and enjoy the view. Dont get me wrong, I usually have a printed copy of the directions just in case, but this time it was just get up and go.

Highway check

I took my Nuvi 250 on a short trip to St. Malo the other day. I wanted to see if the highway change had been put in the 2009 update. I had informed NavTech(sp?) of the four lane replacing the two lane but I guess too late to get it into the update.

I will take it to San Francisco in September as we will be doing a lot of walking and I may lose where we are in relation to the hotel. We will also use it to get to Petaluma and beyond on a redwoods, wine country, day. It should be of great help finding our way home. H,


Motorcoach Driver

I drive a motorcoach bus and my nuvi 350 always leads me to where I need to go. Although, In New York City, the tracking goes haywire when I stop around the tall building, but it pick right up when I start to move again. For this reason I bought the high gain antennae. Now it works just fine.

My first big trip using my

My first big trip using my Garmin 660 was in June when I travelled down to Tucson for a conference. I took a side-trip, visiting Moab, the Four Corners and Monument Valley. The GPS unit was very helpful in finding gas stations, rest areas and the right exits - great fun.

But after visitng the Four Corners Monument I got lost! I had misread my paper map and thought the Four Corners site was 30 kilometers from Highway 160; it turned out to be ON Highway 160. So when the GPS told me to turn right (which I thought was North) when leaving the site I chose to ignore it - thinking that way led to a dead end on the Navajo Nation. So I ended up driving back to Highway 491 and then south to Shiprock, New Mexico... listening to the GPS advise me "In 250 meters, make a U turn" for the next 50 kilometers :-]

Oh well, I was on vacation and it was pretty scenary. And I learned to be a little more trusting of my GPS.

Arizona and New Mexico

We bought our Streetpilot right before we left for a roadtrip through AZ and NM. Great help in finding rest stops, food and all of our hotels.

vegas trip

went to vegas, lost my shirt, lol, reset my max speed to 616 mph. woo hooo

etrex vista, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 650, Nuvi 750(3)

I use my Magellan all over

I use my Magellan all over California, I am in the progress of making poi's of all my off roading trips to highlight selcted riding areas. This thing is on the money and I need to get to a location either nearby or remote, and track my way back.

letchworth park

It was a nice trip back to mother nature in NY


I used my GPS to go work

Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

This coming

Friday to Reno, NV to unwind! See some shows and meet friends from AZ. It's gonna be a grand time!

Garmin Nuvi 650, Garmin eTrexLegend, Magellan 360

myrtle beach

myrtle beach

Leesburg, VA

AG Paintball Field

my trips

Geocaching, to the beach, food places after the beach, and avoiding trafic, I mostly love my garmin in my home city as I get turned around fairly easily. She's kept me from running all over town aimlessly and with gas prices the way they are, aimless isn't a good way to be.

Central Vermont>>>

Last week...750 had the hotel way wrong but otherwise flawless smile


"You can't get there from here"

East Tenn

I took a ride on some back roads in East Tenn. and the Zumo got us home one more time.

From WI to Detroit, to

From WI to Detroit, to Jasper IN. Di d a good job of keeping on track.

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

Short Trip

Just used it for Red Lights and Speed Traps on my way to and from Atlantic City from Long Island.

Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

Last Trip

We went to San Diego. I grew up there. Using the garmin it showed me more places to go and gave me alternate drives.

Nuvi died - resurrected! Whew!!

On the road in Chicago, moving my daugher in to school. Nuvi would not turn on after carrying around in my pocket for a few hours. Thought battery ran out, but when I plugged it in to car charger, it wouldn't turn on . . . panic!! No luck after repeated attempts. Luckily we knew our way back to hotel in Skokie. Set up computer and plugged into USB, still no luck! Now I'm really worried and disappointed. Luckily I remembered on last resort. Pushed the reset button on the bottom and it came on when I slid the switch. Thank Goodness! Everything appears to be operating normally . . . it didn't run completely out of batteries, so I'm at a loss as to what caused it. Happy to have it back for the rest of the trip though (I hope).

dja24 - garmin nuvi 200W, etrex vista, etrex vista Cx

Last trip

out to the Washington County Fair in RI.

Garmin SP 2730 and Nuvi 760

flew to Vegas

grin We went to vegas last week and I used my nuvi 750 to check our progress (5.5 hr flight). Had a great time, I changed the vehicle to the new small jet, selected off road option, and least for details. I had a small back-up battery pack and it lasted the whole way. Maximum speed west bound was 534 mph. The return flight was 4.5 hrs and a maximum speed of 616 mph. I loaded a secondary map that shows state and county boundries, made it really cool to watch.

etrex vista, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 650, Nuvi 750(3)

750 nuvi

Hello firenutts,Just wondering what type battery backup you used on your unit?


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Its a rechargable battery pack that you can charge cell phones ect. I got it at circuit city. Works very well.

etrex vista, Nuvi 350, Nuvi 650, Nuvi 750(3)

Driving around in the mountains of Colorado

We recently went to Aspen and Steamboat Springs and drove around on some of the winding, twisting mountain roads. We never had to worry about getting lost and knowing the time when we would arrive at our next destination helped plan the trip better.

Red Light Cameras

I recently visited Dallas and was really surprised at how many red light intersections I passed in the City of Dallas. Glad my GPS reminded me to be careful while passing through these intersections. grin

StreetPilot III,Nuvi680,3790LMT

Trip to Northwest

Recently took a trip to Northwest. Thanks to the creator of the RestArea file. It helped me out a lot in knowing in advance for the rest area location. Info is about 96.5% accurate. Wonderful jobs.

Nuvi 2595LMT

Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota

I took my nuvi 750 with me when I went out West in June.

My next trip with it will be to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The 51st Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is Monday, September 1, 2008 at 7am, originating in St Ignce ant ending five miles later in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Garmin nuvi 2455 - nuvi 350, 260 (spares) - my other toys: IMac quad-core i3, Mac Mini, MacOS: Mojave 10.14.6/Monterey 12.2.1 and introducing The Beast, a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit and his Garmin DriveSmart 5. The dog's name is Ginger.

Beaufort SC and Harbor Island

We finally had a chance to really work out our new Nuvi 760. We had a beach view condo on Harbor Island about 12 miles outside of beautiful, historic Beaufort ,SC. We drove from Atlanta with the GPS counting off the miles and took us right to the parking lot of our place. It directed us for our sightseeing and dining all week and repeated the process of counting off the miles back home.

This is what I bought the GPS for and I love my Garmin.

Garmin Nuvi 760


From West Virginia to North Myrtle beach. Nuvi performed excellent.Once I arrived at my location I went sight seeing without worrying about which way I was going, when I was ready to go back to hotel just plugged adress in, and jill did the rest.

garmin nuvi,750 ***3ʇǝʞɔɐɾpǝɹ*** garmin nuvi,855 garmin nuvi,1490t

Costco and back

Granted, that's not a major adventure (generally), but the traffic subscription came in handy again for the return trip and saved a delay due to high traffic over the holiday weekend - something you want to avoid with frozen food in the back!

Went to IKEA

My wife and I went to IKEA and afterward went to a movie on the other side of town. That's the first time I checked the movie times using MSN. Worked pretty well.

Nuvi 2597 / Nuvi 2595 / Nuvi 680 / Nuvi 650 "Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment."

Went to Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA

It was a good thing I have my GPS with me. I got to Monterey just after sunset and can't really see where I was going on RT 1. I had to rely on my GPS's map to see which way the road was curving towards. Otherwise I could have drove straight down the cliff and off to the ocean. redface

Monterey Bay Aquarium have very nice exhibits on the Pacific Coast Marine life. I especially love the giant kelp forest grin

Nuvi 680

My trip to Houston

Just got from trip to Houston from Dallas.

Although I grew up there, alot has changed over the years. My wife came to pick me one night late at the office....we were looking for some good TexMex food.

Pulled up the Points of Interest and BAM! I found us some good mexican food.

My NUVI got me right to it.

I love my Nuvi

House Hunting

My wife and I are in the market for a new house and have been using my Nuvi 360 to locate potential homes throughout the Hudson Valley in NY.
Great for looking at new neighborhoods as I don't have to focus on the street signs while I'm driving.

I went to a service

I went to a service yesterday and had my friend "Jack" take me there. Right to the door and the arrival time was accurate. Thank you Jack!

NUVI 680, NUVI 5000, MS S&T,

Waterloo, NY

Went to the Waterloo Outlet in NY state close to Rochester.

Camping again

Went camping again this past weekend with the family. We had to go on unpaved roads off the main highway that's about 10 miles long. After a few miles in, the roads no longer were on the GPS map (2009), so the Garmin 760's trip log helped a lot to navigate my way back and forth.

Trip to Idaho

I made a trip to Idaho for my brother's wedding in mid September and my Garmin 260 performed flawlessly as usual. Got me to the hotel, to the house where the wedding was held, and then to the happy couple's new place at the very edge of town. Even though it was a fairly new area, the map was accurate and the address got me straight to the driveway.

Sure makes things easier than using paper maps. mrgreen

Rick - Nüvi 260 - eTrex Summit HC

Central Florida

Went to Orlando, Tampa, Daytona for the week with the trusty nuvi360. It got us to all the areas and even some detours encountered a red light camera and loads of 7-11 and Ihops.


Milwaukee WI HD 105th

I just got back from going to Milwaukee for the Harley Davidson 105th celebration. Nuvi worked great, used Milwaukee attractions and Harley Davidson POI while there and Nuvi got me all over the area. Also used Diners, Drive ins and dives POI to go to Frank's in Kenosha.

Great thanks to all POI files they worked great!

Nuvi 760

Took the GPS to Put-In-Bay.

Took the GPS to Put-In-Bay. Got us right to the parking lot for the Jet Express and then we were off!

Didn't, however, bring the GPS with us as we navigated the island on a golf cart smile

Trip to school

I just used mine to help me get to school. It wasn't that difficult, pretty much a straight 2 hour drive. But it's nice to know that incase i do somehow wind up going off course it'll tell me how to get there anyway through recalculations.

Lynnwood and Seattle

Went there this last weekend on a shopping foray. As usual my 660 helped navigate us to all of the various stores and restaurants quite well.


Atlantato gold country then off to Germany

living in Atlanta has its perks on Sunday we traveled up to Dahlonega the site of the US first gold rush and then took a side trip to Helen Ga a quaint tourist trap with a Bavarian theme.
found out at least one rule
>>>> Once you leave town make sure your routing is set to fastest other wise you will be squeezing down one lane roads with the cows and the wife whining about the trip, on the other side shortest did take me through some neat little villages<<<

Richard Lutz KD4SEV

Last Trip

Just came back from Sin City (Las Vegas). C550 worked perfect, gave great directions on the road, just wish it would of told me to stay out of the casinos. grin

2597 Sometimes I wonder..."Why is that Frisbee getting bigger?"...and then, it hits me.

Just got my GPS this weekend

Just got my GPS this weekend but have taken it to work, walmart, heck even the friends new house on campus. I love it!

Nuvi 205W
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