GPS NAVIGATION & SAFETY
- We use Ride with GPS for mapping and tracks for X-Roads of the Rockies.
- Ride with GPS is compatible with most GPS units.
- Ride with GPS works with I-Phone and Andriod phones, even off-line.
- Ride with GPS has offline maps for your Android or I Phone, voice navigation and you can download all Loops with one click.
- Roll Charts from GPS Track Cue sheets will be available for you to print, cut and tape.
- GPS Tracks, Maps and cue sheet link will be emailed to all participants by the 1st of August.
- X-Roads Sign-Up includes Exit Tours MC Membership
- Exit Tours Motorcycle Club membership includes Ride with GPS Club membership
See the ORANGE LINKS for more Features and Info on RIDE with GPS
Features below are available to Exit Tours Club members on Club rides with Ride with GPS
You can download all the routes associated with the event with one tap rather than having to select each route individually.
Get spoken turn-by-turn directions for loops using the Ride with GPS signature voice navigation feature.
No data? No problem! You can record rides without a data connection and download routes to navigate while offline.
Ride with GPS will show you how to start navigation and demonstrate what to expect while riding.
Plan on adventuring into an area with limited or no cell-phone network ?
Learn how to navigate your route with the OFFLINE MAPS feature where you can pre-download the route and map tiles before heading out.
Adventure into an area with limited or no cell-phone network ?
You can navigate your route with the OFFLINE MAPS feature where you pre-download the route and map tiles before heading out.
Powerful tools require some know how. Ride with GPS has created an extensive library of help articles to assist you in getting the most out of Ride with GPS.
USE A TABLET or PHONE AS YOUR GPS UNIT ?
- Can a tablet be used as a navigation device on a motorcycle?
- Yes it can, but with some caveats.
- While it may not be the perfect solution, it is indeed a solution…and a pretty economical one at that.
- Screen size is just right, with lots of hi-res real estate for map and info displays available with less scrolling required compared to standard GPS devices.
No Cell Connection Needed: Off-Line Motorcycle GPS
- This article entitled “Using a Tablet as a Motorcycle GPS” is pretty good.
- It details how you can use a smartphone or a relatively inexpensive tablet as a widescreen GPS device on your motorcycle, saving hundreds of dollars off the cost of a dedicated Garmin or GPS unit.
- In fact, the movement from dedicated GPS units to smartphone- or tablet-based GPS is picking up steam, although where it will all end is still to be determined.
The Perfect Squeeze Phone & Tablet Mount
Rock-Solid phone/tablet Mount
- The Big Squeeze is designed with one objective in mind: Hold any device in any terrain. And by hold we mean hold steady, without wobble, without constant readjustments.
- Just rock-solid holding power for folks who need to read their map while skipping through whoops or getting rattled over nasty washboard.
- It will hold everything from a small phone to a full-sized iPad and doesn’t need any sort of special case to do it.
GPS TRAINING LINK from the ORANGE COUNTY DUALIES
- The Voyager GPS is designed specifically to meet the needs of off-road enthusiasts.
- With Voyager GPS you can download, record, and share maps with ease.
- The 2.7” TFT Transflective Backlit Display is ideal for viewing in any environment.
- Never get lost again with the Trail Tech Voyager GPS on board.
SAFETY BEYOND CELLULAR
SPOT-X 2-WAY SATELLITE MESSAGING DEVICE
SPOT-X is 2-way satellite messaging device with an onboard backlit QWERTY keyboard and GPS location tracking.
Direct communication with emergency services and Social media linking in one portable, lightweight device.
- SPOT X provides affordable, off-the-grid messaging and tracking.
- Direct connection to the Emergency Coordination Center
- SPOT has triggered over 6,000 rescues around the globe within the last ten years.
- With SPOT X, users can better communicate during their adventures with 2-way satellite messaging to keep in touch with family and friends,
- Communicate if necessary with emergency personnel.
- SPOT X provides users with a unique, personal mobile number that allows either party to initiate conversations at any time.
SPOT X is lightweight and easy-to-use:
- Illuminated QWERTY key board
- 2.7” backlit display
- U.S. mobile number
- Rechargeable Lithium battery
- Dust and waterproof rated hardware
- 2-Way Satellite Messaging: Send and receive messages and short emails with family, friends or colleagues beyond cellular.
- S.O.S.: Emergency notification and direct 2-way message communication
- 24/7 Search and Rescue services through the Emergency Response Coordination Center in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
- GPS Tracking: Waypoints tracked via Google Maps at intervals of 2.5, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes.
- Check In: Users can let contacts know they are “OK” with the push of a single button.
- Post to Social: Link to Facebook and Twitter accounts to share adventures with followers.
- Navigation: Built-in compass and programmable waypoints.
- Keyboard: Easy to use illuminated QWERTY keyboard that is usable in any light setting.
- Battery Life: SPOT X has a rechargeable battery averaging a battery life of 10 days when tracking in tracking 10 minute intervals.
SPOT X Specifications:
- Length: 6.54”
- Width: 2.9”
- Thickness: 1.75”
- Weight: 7.0 oz
ALTITUDE SICKNESS PREVENTION
Mean elevation is the mean elevation of a county.
Colorado counties dominate the list. The top twenty-one counties in the US
are located in Colorado. The mean elevation of Chaffee County is 9,915 feet
The Fairgrounds in Chaffee County are at an elevation of approximately 7,083 feet above sea level.
- Adjust slowly. Your body needs about two to three days of slowly going higher in order to adjust.
- Eat carbs. It’s not often we’re told to eat extra carbohydrates….
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink lots of water
- Take it easy
Altitude Sickness Prevention
The best way to prevent altitude sickness is to allow your body to adjust to the decreased levels of oxygen in high-altitude locations:
- If you are traveling from sea level to a destination above 8,000 feet, try to reach higher altitudes over the course of a few days. If you are traveling to very high altitudes, stop at 8,000 to 9,000 feet before moving on to allow your body to adjust.
- Sleep low. The fairgrounds are several thousand feet lower than the mountains you will be riding on during the day.
- Take medication:
- If your doctor recommends it, consider taking acetazolamide (Diamox) to help your body adjust to rapidly increasing altitudes.
- Avoid alcohol.
- You should not consume alcoholic beverages for at least the first two days you are at a high altitude.
- Exercise. Relax before engaging in anything more than mild exercise.
Two types of altitude sickness to be aware of:
- Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
- AMS is the mildest and most common type of altitude sickness. It affects an estimated 25 percent of people who travel to and sleep in locations above 8,000 feet.
- Symptoms of AMS may include headache, fatigue, appetite loss, nausea, and vomiting.
- AMS usually occurs within 2 to 12 hours of arriving at a high-altitude location and goes away within one to three days of being there.
- High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).
- On rare occasions, people who have AMS develop HACE.
- HACE can result in extreme fatigue, drowsiness, confusion, lack of coordination, and pulmonary embolism or PE.
- HACE is severely life-threatening, so anyone who experiences these symptoms should immediately go to a lower altitude and seek medical attention..
Altitude Sickness Treatment
If you do develop altitude sickness, the following treatment options may help:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers. These can help ease altitude sickness-related headaches.
- Move to lower ground. For any type of altitude sickness, the best treatment is to immediately move to a lower altitude.
- Wait it out. If your symptoms are mild, taking it easy as your body adjusts to the higher altitude may help.