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Offline Almero

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2016, 08:32:57 pm »
Thank you all for reading!

@Xpat I don't blame my crappy riding on my equipment, I blame it on my hangovers

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2016, 11:43:44 am »
nice video
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2016, 12:34:16 pm »
Really enjoyed this report.
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2016, 03:27:06 pm »
Nice RR  :thumleft:
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2016, 03:56:32 pm »
Dankie lekker saam gereis!
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2016, 09:50:48 am »
lekker man  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: vinnig herstel met die knieg
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2016, 11:08:26 am »
lekker report Almero!
 

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2016, 12:50:33 pm »
Lekker RR - looks like something I need to do! I did the FR a few years ago - its back on the list of things to do again. And a Botaswana trip is in the planning.....

BTW - what Garmin product did you use?
And Xpat, what doo you use? I want to replace my ZUMO660.....
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2016, 02:52:13 pm »
 :sip: Enjoyed your RR.
 

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2016, 03:13:55 pm »
Lekker RR - looks like something I need to do! I did the FR a few years ago - its back on the list of things to do again. And a Botaswana trip is in the planning.....

BTW - what Garmin product did you use?
And Xpat, what doo you use? I want to replace my ZUMO660.....
Hijack Off!!


For this kind of trips I use Montana. I just need reasonably big screen and refresh rate and I must be able to load tracks on the unit (which I may be wrong but think some Zumo's didn't allow).

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2016, 04:19:29 pm »
Nice RR - great trip - nice memories.  :thumleft:
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2016, 04:32:08 pm »
Excellent ride report.  Used up at least 30 minutes of my boring working day.  2 more hours to go  :bueller:
 

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2016, 04:49:50 pm »
Great Report!
The first one is a success, now for the rest.
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #33 on: August 16, 2016, 08:08:47 am »
Lekker RR - looks like something I need to do! I did the FR a few years ago - its back on the list of things to do again. And a Botaswana trip is in the planning.....

BTW - what Garmin product did you use?
And Xpat, what doo you use? I want to replace my ZUMO660.....
Hijack Off!!


For this kind of trips I use Montana. I just need reasonably big screen and refresh rate and I must be able to load tracks on the unit (which I may be wrong but think some Zumo's didn't allow).

Thanks - My ZUMO allows map-planning etc., but it battles with alternative routes when you make a wrong turn - looking for something newer.
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #34 on: August 16, 2016, 09:05:01 am »
@CT: as I said earlier in the thread, I do not use any functions (including navigational) on GPS. I just use it as a map that shows me where I am and navigate myself. By being able to take tracks I mean tracks I have ploted myself on Googlemaps (which from GPS point of view may go through completely unchartered territory).

Sorry for the hijack.

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #35 on: August 16, 2016, 02:30:47 pm »
@CT: as I said earlier in the thread, I do not use any functions (including navigational) on GPS. I just use it as a map that shows me where I am and navigate myself. By being able to take tracks I mean tracks I have ploted myself on Googlemaps (which from GPS point of view may go through completely unchartered territory).

Sorry for the hijack.

Cheers!   :thumleft:
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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2016, 03:27:17 pm »
danki vir di deel
dit is n avontuur wat ek graag ook sal wil doen

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2016, 11:01:28 am »
Thank you all for reading, and for your kind words!

@ClimbingTurtle : My GPS is just the standard Garmin Nuvi, probably why it doesn't work as well as the more upmarket models.
 

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2016, 11:12:42 am »
Thank you all for reading, and for your kind words!

@ClimbingTurtle : My GPS is just the standard Garmin Nuvi, probably why it doesn't work as well as the more upmarket models.

Nope, some of the issues you described - specifically losing power, happen also on higher end ones. To be fair it is more problem of the GPS holders and their connectors that do not cope well with the vibrations rather than GPS, but Garmin GUI implementation is just plain stupid . Whenever it loses power from plug (even though it still runs on batteries) it puts up a message 'Do you want to continue on batter power' or some such, and starts counting down 30 seconds with the message on (so you cannot see the map) until it shuts down. Of course what happens is that the power usually comes on so the message disappears just to appear back few seconds later when the connection is lost again. This is usually problem only when there are lots of vibrations (like going off tar vigorously), but renders GPS basically useless.

The solution would be for a user to be able to switch off the stupid warning message when GPS loses external power. If somebody here may know how to do that, I would be very grateful if they can let us know.

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Re: Botswana Adventure 2016
« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2016, 01:55:12 pm »
Thank you all for reading, and for your kind words!

@ClimbingTurtle : My GPS is just the standard Garmin Nuvi, probably why it doesn't work as well as the more upmarket models.

Nope, some of the issues you described - specifically losing power, happen also on higher end ones. To be fair it is more problem of the GPS holders and their connectors that do not cope well with the vibrations rather than GPS, but Garmin GUI implementation is just plain stupid . Whenever it loses power from plug (even though it still runs on batteries) it puts up a message 'Do you want to continue on batter power' or some such, and starts counting down 30 seconds with the message on (so you cannot see the map) until it shuts down. Of course what happens is that the power usually comes on so the message disappears just to appear back few seconds later when the connection is lost again. This is usually problem only when there are lots of vibrations (like going off tar vigorously), but renders GPS basically useless.

The solution would be for a user to be able to switch off the stupid warning message when GPS loses external power. If somebody here may know how to do that, I would be very grateful if they can let us know.

Correct - mine also lost power with the stock cradle supplied (the RAM mount unit), I upgraded to the TouraTech Lockable Cradle and mounting brackets, at not inconsiderable expense, but it solved the problem. My GPS issue is a map compatibility vs missed waypoint that the unit always want you to go back to instead of navigating to the closest one.
I think Xpats way of use is a better option, but you do have to have an idea of where you need to be going. Perhaps this is a better topic for another thread or something tho.
And I also want that auto-switch-off switched off.....
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