You might remember that we won a GPS edition of Microsoft Streets and Trips from Sam and Donna's contest back in February. We installed it on the laptops in early April, but for whatever reason we never really sat down to figure it all out until now.
We never used it at all while touring around Nova Scotia, and I'm not really sure why we didn't. I guess because we already had a normal GPS unit and so it wasn't a priority. However, Streets and Trips has much more detailed mapping of Mexico than our Tom-Tom. And really, I haven't been very impressed with Tom-Tom when I compare it to the old Garmin unit we had before.
So, we are going to start using Streets and Trips. There is a 12v plug in the cabinet above the passenger seat and we have a little inverter that works with Ruth's little netbook computer so she'll be able to have it on her lap or sitting on the dash in front of her when we're driving.
Now that I've spent an hour going through the software, the main benefit that I see is the ability to plan your route a lot better. And of course you can do so on a decent sized map rather than the tiny 4" screen on a normal GPS unit.
So, I will show Ruth what I've learned today and we'll go through things together so we both know how to work the software. Then we'll take a test drive in the little car and see how all of this route tracking and stuff works.
High tech stuff! Makes you wonder how we used to deal with having to get paper maps back in the "olden days"!