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dave54

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Posted: 03/23/20 11:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbopp wrote:

How did we go anywhere when we only had paper maps [emoticon]


I still use them for getting the basic layout for a trip.

When you zoom out of google maps to look at an entire state or several states at once, half of the roads disappear. Zoom in to see the minor roads, you have too small of an area to get the big picture. So you end up constantly zooming in and out.

Paper maps -- no problem. Spread them out over the kitchen table and start making plans with my DW right next to me.


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Veebyes

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Posted: 03/23/20 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To those who prefer paper maps, go at it. I don't drive my kitchen table. I don't have the paper map storage capacity for every state, every county, every town in the country in my door pocket. None of them can be retrieved to any degree of detail wanted with a couple of clicks & a roll of the mouse wheel or pinching of fingers on a screen.

If you are a weekend warrior you probably don't need anything at all. If you are the annual 2 week vacation traveler a phone or simple GPS will do. If you are a multi month wanderer covering thousands of miles & not really interested in a most direct route from one place to another, & maybe not even sure where the end of the day may find you, you want to have plenty of information at your fingertips & you don't want to have to rely on the internet to get it.

If all else fails I do have an old Walmart US/Canada atlas in a seat back pocket.


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Posted: 03/23/20 08:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The thing is that all these methods are tools. And like all tools they are extremely useful in the hands of someone who understand how to use them.

And dangerous in the hands of someone who doesn't want to be bothered to learn how to use them. That's the problem I have with many internet tools. They are so easy to use that many people, my granddaughter for one, don't bother to look at the whole route picture. To understand the potential faults.

Not learning how a tool works, it's strengths and its weaknesses, is how people get down dead end roads with 60' long rigs. Or drive into a lake.

I like my method of planning, and you are very welcome to yours. I enjoy the level of planning that I do, and I'm sure it is excessive and a waste of time in almost everyone else's mind. Now when I'm not towing, well my wife calls some of my trips 'adventures'. Sometimes there isn't a ditch, or much more than two faint tracks across a field. We have fun.

Some routes I drive so much that I'm sure the truck can find it's way without me. And many others are the first, and probably the only time, I will ever travel that road.

The goal is to enjoy life's journeys, and be flexible enough to stop and smell the roses when you have the opportunity.

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Veebyes wrote:

Well, I fought the good fight to the bitter end but it looks like my use of Streets & Trips 2013 has finally been taken from me. I have not found a stand alone, no internet required, app to replace it. My 2009 Samsung laptop which has endured 3 bumpy trips on a table infront of the passenger seat to Alaska plus tens of thousands of miles all over the lower 48 & Canada, has finally died on me taking with it MS S&Ts to its grave.

So now I need to find something else that I can plan 100 day plus trips with.

I have tried the MAPS provided on Windows 10. Is it me or is it that cranky & frustrating to use?

I have a 3 year old Garmin 770RV which is fine for A to B trips but that is not how we travel. We avoid interstates like they have COVID 19. We do meandering day routes, often with changes on the fly when we don't like what the Garmin has come up with. The DW is a darned good navigator & given something with the details available of S&Ts she can navigate out of any wrong turn.

So, what else is there that I can use to plot away creating the next multi thousand mile trip, along with ideas on where to stay?


Would this work Ebay - Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 (R......../s) - Full Version for Windows B17-00563

While I still have an old copy on an old computer I worked my way into Bing Maps years ago - has never let me down and is easy to use.

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Veebyes

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Posted: 03/27/20 10:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am exploring Bing Maps & Google Maps. Both seem very similar.

We are about a month delayed right now. The hold up is the opening date of MD state parks & a reluctance to pass through NYC public transport as part of route to get to MD.

Lots of time to fool with Google & Bing. Meanwhile here in Bermuda we are hunkered down like everyone else.

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