I created a nice ride route on Bike Maps and downloaded it to the Garmin app on my ipad, which I then sent to my GPS device. Colin helped me attach the mount on my handlebars, then I was off to see if it actually worked for me.
Colin mentioned that it had just started to drizzle, but by the time I was a block away it was just pouring. I decided to keep going – I had my rain jacket on but was a little concerned about my camera – the case is ‘water resistant’, not ‘waterproof’. Luckily the hard rain didn’t last long, and it eventually stopped altogether – my camera and everything else in the case were fine.
The GPS seems to work just like the one in Colin’s campervan – it shows how far to the next turn, as well as your current position within a moving 2 km or so map. It beeps when a turn is coming, and gets very excited when a wrong turn is taken. I ignored this at the very beginning because I had a particular road I decided to follow to get to St. Groux, and after it got over it’s beeping frenzy it reset itself and adjusted to a new route.
I followed the directions and it led me exactly where I’d set it for – east from St. Groux to Bayer, then south thru Puychenin and Fontclaireau before going under the highway and down the long hill back to Mansle.
The bar down the road is closed on Mondays so Colin and I walked to the campground bar for a quick drink before dinner.