weekend mud slug

Took the knobblies for a spin this weekend to give my GPS Viewranger software a go...

Took the knobblies for a spin this weekend to give my GPS Viewranger software a go...
This is what I looked like when I got back. That's quality west country mud on there, courtesy of Leigh Woods â hours of great singletrack just a 15min ride from my central Bristol home.

...and here's what the bike looked like

I uploaded the ride into Google Earth (see below on how) and here's a screen grab of what it looked like. There is a place on Google Earth where you can post and share rides, but I haven't got that far yet...

The straight bits that look like I'm flying are either because of building/tree cover or because of the bluetooth connection between my phone and the GPS receiver. Not sure which, but I occasionally had to stop and relink them. I'm going to look into this on a less rainy/muddy day when I can more easily handle the units on the way. For those that don't know, Viewranger gives you OS Landranger maps on your Symbian "Smart" phone (some new Nokias and the odd Sony). Combine it with a separate GPS receiver, and you've got Digital OS mapping with gps functionality on your mobile phone. See my review in Cycling Plus 188. The phone lets you export your ride in the universal gps .GPX file format. I then uploaded that into the free (for now) GPS Viewer site here this The same site lets you export your ride as a .KML file for Google Earth, which is frankly mindboggling. A bit geeky, but surprisingly easy. Also, for those of us who are Apple Mac based, it's the only digital mapping/gps combo I know of that works. And the computer end of things is completely free. The digital mapping and GPS navigation end of things that you actually spend your money on goes with you on the ride/walk/run. Don't you just love Google Earth...
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