I unloaded a bit of used gear, and turned the proceeds into a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. The unit arrived today, and it is really nice looking. It’s super light, compact, and the screen looks great. I have messed around with it briefly, learning the basic controls and functions. First impressions are very good. It locked into a strong signal in my basement right out of the box. I think Garmin has found a way to put high end GPS features into a more consumer friendly package. Once I get a chance to really use the thing I will post my impressions. But out of the box, I am impressed.
I was looking at some of the gear I have recently put together, and realized that I am out of excuses. I have all the essential multi-day items I will need. I guess all that is left is to actually go ride one of these beasts. The problem is, I don’t think I will have a chance until ’08. Which gives me time to learn how to use all the gear, figure out a good strategy, and see if I can strap it all to the bike…good times ahead!
But, as I seem to be doing a lot of this year, I have gotten ahead of myself. Right now it is time to focus on Saturday, and the E50. I am going to try a new tactic in the race….going fast. 🙂