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Keys to Navigation

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Here’s what I do when plotting a course:

• Open a physical topographical map for general reference – makes it easy to get a broad idea of the area and search for unique features, other roads, nearby towns, etc.
• Open mapping software on the computer (Mapsource and National Geographic Topo) to mark interesting sites, crucial turns, trailhead, etc.
• Use the route tool to create a route that follows the road(s) and points
• Select the detail maps that include and surround the route
• Upload the route, waypoints and maps to the GPS

Now that my GPS has all of this information, I can initiate the navigate function. The GPS will start to calculate distance and ETA to the next waypoint, and any other information I’ve asked it to gather. As I travel the route, the GPS will notify me with a beep as I approach each waypoint.

Now it’s time to roll on down the highway and let the fun begin.

Related: HAM’in About Radio Communication

- Check out more useful tips and tricks for overland travel and enjoying family adventure by clicking Mark’s bio picture on the top-left of this article.

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