As I was planning the trip up HWY191 I was sensing my wife's anxiety about me setting off alone so I thought I would plug the new Garmin Inreach I had been eyeballing. I told her "It's the handheld GPS that does 2 way satellite communication and has the SOS feature so you can summon help anywhere in the world if you need it." I was really hoping she'd see the importance of such a piece of equipment and authorize my purchase from the general fund rather than my motorcycle play money fund. She was full buy in... unfortunately she wasn't willing to fund it. No matter, I wanted one and a couple days later I had one in my hand. There's a reason there are hundreds of threads in the GPS & Navigation part of the forum. The learning curve is pretty steep but I have managed to figure out a way to make a red line on the screen where I want to go and when all goes well and I'm moving the little arrow covers the red line with blue. So far so good but I've spent a fair bit of time yelling at the screen of my computer trying to figure it all out. The cool part about that particular Garmin is that I can invite people to follow along as I go. On the HWY191 trip I had my and Austin's wife, my parents and Mark all along for the ride. They could see our route and where we were located, they could click on the track points along the way to see lat/long, elevation, speed and heading. They can message anywhere with or without cell service and we can message back. Anyways... back to the trip... I was putting a route together in my head and it was glorious. Then I began to try and put it together in a format that my GPS would understand. I didn't remember my first one being as difficult to get together but I just kept screwing things up and it wasn't coming together the way I wanted it to. After hours of screwing around and starting over more than once I had a usable route put together. Then it hit me... There's no way in hell we're gonna get through that in one day. As I started trimming pieces of the route in my head... the only way to make it work in one day without being stupid hot all day was to wait until October. That route wasn't gonna do for this Saturday. It would make a great 2 day trip with some hot in the beginning and the end so it's going to have to wait until I have a 2 day window.