If I were to imagine the perfect start to a fortnight’s cycle touring, I am reasonably confident that it would not proceed as things did today.
A warm and humid night ensured that sleep was in short supply, and the headache with which I began the night was still there at 4.30 am, when I finally succumbed and went downstairs to get some painkillers.
Murphy has something to do with the fact that I had just dozed off, and was enjoying a pleasant, if somewhat strange, dream when the alarm woke me at 5.30 am.
I was ready for the off by 6.10, and Denise got up to take a photo. It was then that I turned on my Garmin GPS unit and discovered that it was not behaving as usual, In between locating satellites, it was informing me that it was updating GPS software. Unfortunately it continued to do this all the way to the port, which took 25 minutes, or thereabouts.
Not to worry, I thought, I will connect it to my netbook and reinstall the latest software. Oh that it were that simple. Garmin obviously don’t expect their users to have computers running anything expect Mac or Windows Oses. There is no updater software for my Linux netbook.
I was able to find the button combination on the Garmin site to perform a master reset, but all that has done is erase all my personal data, and I am still getting the updating notice. At least I had the presence of mind to back up the data first.
The unit as it stands is currently useless to me, and all I can do is hope that along the journey I come across a computer that I can use to update the software. The fact that all the routes are on the device is more than a little annoying, but the dry weather forecast for the next few days will ensure that my map does not disintegrate too early into the journey.
I feel in need of a coffee, so will sign off for now.