What inexpensive GPS receiver can I use to log my cross-country, 1-2 month motorcycle trip? I won't have a computer with me, and I'd also like to be able to use it for some basic mapping.
I'll be crossing the country on my motorcycle this spring, and I'm trying to pin down the gadgets I'll be taking with me. I've decided not to take my laptop.
I'd like to be able to plot my entire trip on a map. It seems like a GPS log is the best way to do this: no dependence on cell service, simple, easily turned into map overlays when I get back home. I don't need turn-by-turn directions or any of the features in a typical "car" GPS, and I like the simplicity, battery life, and durability of the handheld GPS units I've looked at. But I'm not sure of their capacity, and I would like the GPS logging to be as much of a "hands-off" solution as possible.
Assuming that I'll be on the road for 1-2 months without reliable access to a computer, how can I keep this sort of log? I've considered rolling my own solution with something like the Adafruit GPS logger shield for the Arduino
, but I worry that something will bug out halfway through the trip and I won't realize it until I get home, since I'd set it up as a "set and forget" sort of thing.
Maybe the right thing is a handheld GPS with SD expansion, like the Garmin 60Cx
? I'm fine with buying several big SD cards and swapping them out along the way. Is there anything less expensive than the 60Cx, though?
A lot of the handheld GPS devices without SD card slots say something like "10,000 points, 10 saved tracks". How long would that last me, practically speaking? Can I configure the thing to log my location less frequently to stretch out the useful life of one "track"?
I looked at some of the previous questions on GPS logging, like this one
, this one
, and this one
, but none of them seemed to address all of my concerns.