Finally bought a Garmin Etrex 30x yesterday, after years of just using my phone to navigate.
I imagined the Etrex would provide something similar to Google Maps navigation, e.g. “In 100m, turn left onto Wheelbarrow Ridge Rd”. Not expecting it to speak, just some pop up text and maybe a turn arrow.
Haha. I had no idea how primitive these things are. Amazed I just spent $350 on what feels like a Gameboy from the mid 90s.
I’ve loaded some good base maps onto it from OpenStreetMap and Velomap.org, and have added some .GPX routes with cues/waypoints generated from Ride With GPS. Have been trying to navigate a test route this morning, just walking around my street. Ride With GPS seems to export left/right turns only, no street names, OK, I can deal with that. It’s the navigation display that doesn’t seem to make sense.
I can get a nice Trip Computer with handy data fields, or I can switch to the route map, or switch to a list of upcoming left and right turns - but how do I get it to warn me when and where to turn? Am I missing something? How do people actually use these things?