GPS and Mapping Software

Jim and I are in serious travel mode. It’s been 2,000 miles and $776 in gas since we left Fort Lauderdale 2 weeks ago. We use the Microsoft Mappoint software (like Streets and Trips) on Jim’s laptop with the Earthmate GPS receiver. I would not travel without some kind of GPS and mapping software. It’s hard to express the comfort it gives us to know *exactly* where we are at all times, especially when we have no idea where we are! And, I’m sure it helps keep peace in our marriage that neither of us has to rely on the other for directions.

Laptop with GPS and mappoint softwareJim has the laptop resting on the center console of the dashboard and bungied in. It’s very nice to have the large laptop screen. It takes only a quick glance to see how far it is to the next turn. Lots of travelers are now using the little dashboard GPS units from Garmin, Magellan or TomTom. They’re probably easier to use, but the small screen would be a drawback in my opinion.

We actually did a few ‘tourist’ activities in the last week, I hope you check our blog at once in a while to see our photos and stories. I’m including video once in a while now too. We visited a Civil War Battleground in Springfield, Missouri; the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri; and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska.

You know you can always see exactly where we are by clicking on the link at the right sidebar of the Blog. It says, ‘About the Geeks: Where are we now?

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