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Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:36:05 PM »
I got out today for a decent 230 mile ride. About 80 miles of them were on dirt roads and a few goat paths with signs saying "Road Closed". I was still able to make it through all the roads though. A few said "Bridge Out" but I pressed on to figure out that the bridges had been fixed but they failed to take the signs down that were nailed to the trees. The foliage out that way was unbelievable today and pictures just couldn't do some of the scenery justice so I only stopped for a few pictures. The roads/scenery the route puts you on are amazing, you're basically riding through a farmers fields at times it seems. It's stuff you'd never see on a just a random ride. I also realized my Nuvi GPS sucks for tracking a loaded route, one missed waypoint and the POS GPS tries to change the route. Luckily the waypoints stay on screen so then you have to just connect the flag/waypoints to get back on track. Not a big deal except for the fact that you're riding on less than stellar dirt roads at times. I'll have to do some GPS shopping and see if a Zumo will do what I want or if I need to get the Montana. The Montana may be more suited to my riding style, we'll see.

This bridge was very cool. I rounded a bend and came upon this sight, a one lane wooden deck bridge in the middle of nowhere.










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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2013, 06:49:05 PM »
Mannnnn nice ride!! Was this in CT!? ;)
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2013, 06:51:58 PM »
Apparently no pouring for Jeff today!
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2013, 07:04:38 PM »
Mannnnn nice ride!! Was this in CT!? ;)
The last 10 miles or so of it was in CT, does that count?
Apparently no pouring for Jeff today!
Nope, voluntary day off today due to ALL that rain we were supposed to get. It didn't break my heart!
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 07:04:46 PM »
Very nice!  I'm surprised the GPS did not just have a "?".
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 07:06:54 PM »
Very nice!  I'm surprised the GPS did not just have a "?".
All the roads were on the GPS, I wouldn't recommend bringing the Insight on most of them. A couple even had "Closed For the Season" on them but I could still get through.
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 07:08:57 PM »
Maybe you want one of these......

http://www.meetearl.com/
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2013, 07:12:42 PM »
Maybe you want one of these......

http://www.meetearl.com/

Looks interesting but I'm no Bear Grylls! I'll still investigate it further.

A quick Googe search shows not a lot of happy campers on their Facebook page...
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2013, 07:22:19 PM »
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2013, 07:56:06 PM »
I don't know enough about that phone bases GPS stuff. Last I knew you needed cell signal for them to work and a lot of places I go don't have signal. I'd have to come up with some sort of waterproof case that still allowed the touch screen to work with gloves on and find a way to have it charging all the time. I'll look into it more over the winter.
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2013, 07:57:56 PM »
You need a signal to use something like google navigator, but you can download a nav app (and pay for it) that stores the maps on your phone like a real gps.
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2013, 08:00:06 PM »
How does it know your location though? I didn't think cell phones actually picked up off satellites, just cell towers.
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2013, 08:07:06 PM »
Cells have a choice, you can select satellites, and it will give that, but cost you more battery use.  You can choose "location services" which will come from your provider and give you a variety of sources, or you can choose nothing, and it will estimate based on towers.
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2013, 08:59:34 AM »
Yep you can use location which is carrier based aka signal or real built in GPS which is more accurate anyways. The dual sport guys use that app read about it here and there! ;)
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Re: Trans Mass Trail (TMT)
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2013, 06:38:21 PM »
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.osa.android.mapdroyd&hl=en I believe a bunch of guys like you use this!  :naughty:

I checked the reviews in the PlayStore and a lot of people aren't very pleased with that app. I want a GPS that has the ability to mark my tracks. Sometimes I like to just wander, whether it's in the woods or on some dirt roads and I'd like to be able to backtrack my way out to where I started. It's not a big deal around here because I can just punch "Home" in the GPS and it'll get me somewhere familiar but if I'm far from home that isn't a great option. I have an old Magellan eXplorist that can do that but the unit is pretty outdated
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