Hey All ! Just got into the GPS scene, and found this site through the Garmin.com site. As of this time...I guess I'm a GPS virgin.
I figured the first and most important POI I should get is the red light and speed lights. So...I'll be getting busy with it.
BTW-I bought the Garmin C340 Any advice from you experienced folks?
Don't mount the thing to the window unless you make certain that the mount is securely on. Moisten the suction cup and clean both the suction cup and window before mounting. Never leave your gps in the car if you mount it to the window. Especially don't leave it over night in the car and if it gets cold at night you will be screwed to say the least. If your area is newly developed (woodstock GA is for the most part and most of the things around are not over 2 years old) make sure you use google maps and learn how to add in poi so you have directions to the most important places like hospitals and hotels etc...
The last advice i have for you is to learn to get lost just for fun. Take a trip with no directions and find something interesting to do without worries of where you are. GPS will get you home no worries. The world is huge...explore.
Very good advice, that last bit. I drove from near Charlotte, up to Indy then over to Chicago for business a few weeks ago. Spent two weeks there then drove back. The entire trip back was marked for two-lane roads only. I actually crossed the Blue Ridge on a one-lane gravel road just big enough from my Taurus. WHAT A TRIP! It was worth two days and 19 hours total, it was relaxed and I had a blast, and I never felt lost, not even once! And that's coming from an airhead!!!
Anyway, the GPS really became my friend on that trip. I had my Garmin, plus my laptop with DeLorme's Street Atlas and a USB/GPS antenna connected, wanted to insure my Garmin could get me out of any binds and I hardly used the laptop. Next trip is to Tennessee in a couple of weeks, then down to Florida. On these I'll be testing the Mio versus my laptop, and we'll see which one gets me lost first!!!!
Oh, and Welcome Terry!
Thanks for the advice about the cold. I was just about to leave my new Garmin C-340 on the suction cup mount out in the garage in upstate New York. After reading your email, I had my husband go out and haul it inside. Wish us well as we start exploring our GPS--and exploring with our GPS.
The GPS-luddites I work with say they would never have a GPS because they don't want to be told where to go.
I think they fundamentally misunderstand the concept.
Having a GPS means you can explore and drive around at random, taking every interesting sidestreet and still get where you are going on time.
I drive with the GPS on all the time so I can see the projected arrival time at work (for example). If I see I have an extra 20mins to spare I can explore a bit, hit a geocache, etc.
I find a GPS liberating; it increases the quality of my life.
@fratermus - I've seen that term geocaching around these forums and finally had to go and look it up. Got on www.geocaching.com and I must say this sounds really interesting.
May I please tell my wife that you are the influence that turned me on to this? I don't want her blaming me when all of a sudden I'm veering off course in a drive somewhere to visit a cache! Would be easier if we could just set up a "blame network", where geocaching husbands can log on and collect "blame points" along with stories on their geocaching adventures. Hahaha...
Anyway, thanks for the info, went to your site, saw that term again, had to go find it, now I'm hooked..... off to find a cache.....
I also think I'm going to invent a new sport -
NAKED NIGHT GEOCACHING!!!
wooo hoooo that's fun for everyone on New Year's Eve!!
Lee & Mamie
Can't make it . I can't get any maps in so I would never find it. Sounds like fun though.
it will never replace scubadiving or skydiving with a gps lol
I can just see the faces on the NOOBIE's (new people)
Naked Night Scuba Diving (WHAT.....)
when u got a good thing u have to flaunt it
How do I add POI from google maps. Or could you point me in the direction where I could learn how
faq section has most answers to the technical questions.
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