Navigation in Japan.
Beset by my ignorance of kanji (Japanese characters), my cunning plan is to let my very basic Garmin 200 take some of the strain out of navigation. Now some of you may be Garmin experts, even ‘junkies’ with samples of every model, and you know that the 200 doesn’t have any mapping. In fact, it might be regarded as a poor navigation tool, because without the mapping, it can never tell you where you are or give you guidance on where to go next. So what of it?
Well it is neat and small (a big plus), and it’s limited functionality means that battery life is better than average (very important where re-charging outlets are few and far between). But its ‘breadcrumb trail’ is its only navigational guidance. In other words, on that tiny screen, all I will see is a line and an arrow pointing in my direction of travel. If I deviate from the line, it will buzz me to tell me I’m off course, and point me in the direction for regaining the course. Nothing more than that.
So, how does it know my course? Well, each day’s route of the 3000 km journey has been planned on Garmin’s own website and uploaded to the device.
Now I know there is a huge potential chasm between the reality of the pre-planning and its functionality on the day. I experienced this with the Garmin Edge Touring last year. So I am not expecting miracles.
If you’re eager to hear of my success (or lack of), keep following these pages. You may be entertained to a torrid litany of expletives…… 🙂