Unexpected use from a GPS

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by KKop, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. KKop

    KKop ...and proud of it!

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    Decided to take long ride today to take advantage of the warm weather (70F+). Took the Cherohala Skyway, and found the weather to be slightly colder and nastier at higher elevations (51F and very foggy).

    Found an unexpected use for my GPS: showing me which way the road turns up ahead when visibility is less than 50 yards :huh

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  2. paochow

    paochow Bye bye desert

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    +1 I've even used mine to "cheat" and see upcoming hairpins and what not - even with good visibility. Similar to playing a video game. Just set the unit to 2D and scale to 300-500ft and follow the line.
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  3. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I do that as well with my 2610. Even on clear day's it's helpful. Especially when you don't know the area.
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  4. Frank Warner

    Frank Warner Traveller

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    Yes it is handy to know there is a hair pin coming up on the blind bit of road in front of you .. but it does not tell you about the farmer in his tractor towing a combine harvester coming your way .. and you meet on the corner ... yep I've done that :eek1 .. ride according to the conditions, pilots have radar to help them - you don't.
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  5. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    I do that in the twisties on unknown roads. Run in 3D mode and zoom in, gives you a good idea of which way things are going to break.
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  6. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    That is a great feature - never thought of that. But hey, KKop please pull farther over to the side of the road next time you take a picture in the fog like that. Damn dude, don't want to see you rearended road kill :eek1 .
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  7. mogwai

    mogwai humorless prick

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    [old codger mode/on] What happens when you are riding beyond your vision & come upon an obstruction in the road? [old codger mode/off] :gerg
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  8. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    One never rides so fast that he or she can not stop when an obstacle or hazard suddenly comes into view. :rolleyes

    This capability merely expands your situational awareness, thereby allowing more attention to be paid to road conditions and other fury variables :yikes
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  9. PhilSpace

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    Aren't you sorry that you asked. :ksteve
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  10. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    You want me to punt this off to CSM so you can play with Bert. :lol2
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  11. Donster

    Donster No trick too cheap

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    That's a great photo!
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