I’ve had my Garmin 945 nine months without a single problem. OK, one small problem with the charging cable not working, but I had a spare, and my lovely wife has a spare as well.
Anyway, last week work took me to London for a couple of days. I manged the Tube a couple of times and didn’t get lost once. I still haven’t used a ‘Boris’ bike as it looks far too scary. I did use the Garmin App to create a route for me starting and finishing at my hotel, and downloaded it onto my Garmin without any hassle, all good so far.
Nice and early the next morning I set off from my hotel in Tower Hill, and soon had GPS connection. However, within a few minutes of running I came across a problem. The route I was following was a nice red line. Also in red are A roads, of which there are loads in the centre of London. My 52 year old eyes don’t work as well as they used to. I’m OK out running, but trying to decipher multiple red lines on my watch was too much for me. I ended up running north for a couple of kms, running west for a bit, and then returning south towards the hotel. I could manage to see the north arrow on my watch, but beyond that it was a confusing tangle of lines.
Helen went for a long organised walk yesterday and took an old pair of cheap supermarket glasses with her, ones that she wasn’t worried about scratching or damaging. I think I need to do the same next time I’m running in London. Out on the fells I don’t have the same problem as there far fewer features. It was a minor inconvenience, and I’m still amazed that a watch can hold maps for the whole of the UK.
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