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Riding a motorcycle between Nashville and Chattanooga introduces a variety of different road surface types. Each expresses pleasantries and technical challenges in concert with beautiful scenery. South/Westward by design, we’re gaining on the North Carolina border, curves multiplying as a result.
Reflecting on the smooth and consistent tarmac that is Natchez Trace, our afternoon trek provides more of the same before gliding into the unexpected. Four lanes and endless guard rails lead to tack-and-seal back country. Arduous switchbacks slingshot into valley baselines. Dense forestry expands into dizzying overlooks. Map planner, Total Control instructor and friend to the site Greg White has once again delivered.
It starts with a cruise along US-41, a standard issue slab ride that serves to warm up the senses. Much if this stretch has a “big sky” feel to it though that notion is to be short lived. Just past Murfreesboro, a sport touring motorcycle enthusiast begins to find their stride.Read More ...
Navigating the menus of electronics firmware can be tedious for those who either aren’t tech savvy or have yet to become familiar with the device in question. For many, this puts GPS modules at the top of their “confusing” list. My goal for this post is to jump through a few basic hoops in attempts to transfer and import custom GPX routes onto any GPS device that supports them.
A lot of modern GPS units still employ GUIs (general user interface) that mirror the look and feel of a mid-nineties cellphone. Clunky buttons and a handful of 16-bit icons find their buyer demographic in part thanks to reliable accuracy and a beautiful in-travel visual scheme. The success of these products is all about trust and clarity, neither of which make themselves known until you enter a destination and hit “go.”
It’s getting to that “go” part which makes this article so necessary. While I myself am staunchly devoted to the Android platform for all things GPS, I can’t pretend I don’t respect and appreciate the Garmin Zumo 590LM for it’s ability to seek out twisty roads automatically. Smartphone apps are more adaptable, however and that’s enough reason to break down a “best” approach to getting GPX files to work with firmware-driven, dedicated GPS units.Read More ...
Nashville marks the next leg of our Tennessee trip and we’re looking forward to getting there via the Natchez Trace Parkway. NTP is a two-laner, much like the Blue Ridge Parkway but less traveled, following the countryside like any rider should. There are no commercial trucks, traffic lights, billboards or stop signs.
We’re on high deer alert while enjoying the quiet and rustic scenery. The Trace between Memphis and Nashville isn’t intensely twisty per-say but beats taking I-40 East direct hands down. Thanks to our Sena SMH10s, Robin and I have the option of listening to music, podcasts or e-books. Still, we often choose to talk as if we were in our car. We discuss life and our goals/dreams. We make each other laugh. We practice the art of communication.
Traveling on a gentler roadway like Natchez Trace facilitates that. You don’t always have to fill space with noise but if you do, why not fill it with real conversation and connection?Read More ...