Last Thoughts From a Big Trip

We planned this trip for a long time. Some things we did right. Some things we got good advice. Some things didn’t go as well as they could have due to miscalculation. Here is a round-up of last thoughts:

✱ Clothing MVP
First place: Zensah-brand compression ankle socks (with no toes, so they’re half-socks, really). These really made a difference with my swelling feet.

Second place: a soft black (quilted) zippered vest with pockets. I wore it with everything. Just warm enough (most of the time). Great for driving.

And of course, go nowhere without a beautiful Irish scarf!

✱ The GPS
It’s a marvelous thing, but it’s helpful to have a map in the car in spite of it. Our GPS always chose the most direct path, and in Ireland, that sometimes meant a dirt sheep path, no joke. Like, with grass growing down the middle. This is not a helpful route, when you could have gone five minutes in another direction and been on a well-traveled, safe highway.

And don’t count on your phone. If you’re out in the middle of nowhere, your phone may not have a clue. Pick up a paper map from a local bookstore. You can thank me later.

✱ Laugh!
Sometimes you only realize or see things from a remove of time/place. 🙂 “From Dublin, Tennessee”!

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Ms. Emily, Gp.S.

How do you switch maps on your Garmin Nüvi? I know I’ve done it before, because I’ve taken this very GPS to Ireland twice now.

But I’d completely forgotten, and when Gerry and I went to use it when we rented our car, Ms. Emily’s mind was blown (that is, both maps were trying to load, apparently). We had to google it.

It’s very simple—you just need to know where to go and what to press.

>Choose the Tools Menu.
>Choose the Settings Menu.
>Choose the Maps sub-category.
>Press the Info button at the bottom of the screen. You should see two maps … or more depending on what you have installed.
>Select the map you want by checking the respective check box. Unclick the other map, or your baby will be hopelessly confused.

Problem solved! The device is pretty deep if you know what you’re doing.

Thanks, Garmin, for providing this image. Y'all are the best.

Thanks, Garmin, for providing this image. Y’all are the best.