Question: What does a GPS do for me?
Is it an expensive gadget without any real purpose?
My best example is a few years ago when I spent 35 days total (several trips) in Denver for work. Took one of my extra MTB’s on Southwest (Bike flew for free) and there I was at the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
I have never been there before. I had no guide, and no clue where to ride. One thing for sure… the Rockies are HUGE and would not want to get lost. I did have 5 free hours each day before work and an itch to see as much as I can.
Got on www.RidewithGPS.com and mapped out a new ride for each day I was out there. I went to the Foot Hills, the Mesa’s, the Canyon’s, the Gulch’s, the Creeks, the Deserts, and the Mountains.
In all, I rode 300+ miles on my trips out there. (see the TRIPS Page on this website) I was able to see every trail I plotted out, never got lost, yet I had no clue where I was going. In the woods, in the Mountains… everything was where it was supposed to be.
All because I was able to load my Routes with a Full TOPO MAP onto my Garmin 810 GPS and it was as easy as following a green line on the screen. GPS works everywhere. Smart-Phone GPS will have black-out areas, and low location resolution.
A GPS will locate you to within 20 feet. A smart Phone depending on where you are could be as much as 200-300 foot location resolution. But in some places it works much better.
The Garmin 810 runs for up to 8 hours. High resolution Maps, every stream pond and dry creek is displayed as you ride. My other choice was a folded paper map in my pocket.
I plotted this Trail Route on the RidewithGPS website. Plot your route, then load it on your device.
The Ambassador Routes are put together by fellow cyclist with a desire to share their rides.
Click on a ride, and get the whole story from the folks that put the ride together.
Just draw your desired Route, and the Cue Sheet makes itself.
Informational section about how Ride With GPS Works
RIDE WITH GPS is a Ride Database that is used with a GPS or Smartphone device. You can down-load Ride Profiles and take yourself on a self guided tour. You can also make your own maps, record your ride stats, and compare yourself against others.
I use a < Garmin 810 Bicycle GPS.> (link) You can get a good one for about $400.00. They are very accurate.
Ride with GPS has an < Get the APP > for Smart Phones that allows you to load in the Self-Guided Trail MAPS, and the app will guide you around
With the Free Membership package at RideWithGPS, you can build your own maps, and load them to your device.
There are many map views, and the maps are current. As new trails are used, they are added to the OSM Cycles Map. Use this view to see all the trail systems.
Also see this < World Map > link. This allows you to view rides all over the country. Perfect if you are on Travel here on in Europe.
Over 500 Adventures in the USA, See the World Map link above.
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