Merry Christmas!

Okay, I spent most of the day alone, but I read, puttered around the house, and played with my new toy.

My wife bought me a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS for my bike.  I’m happy with the device, but not with Garmin.

The device comes with a very basic map, no problem, I’ll spend $80 for a detailed map.  I chose the download option for instant gratification (my favorite type of gratification), and the website was so slow as to be unusable.  They already had my money, and the customer service department won’t be open until Monday.

In any case, the site seems to working now, and I’m attempting to download the map.  It’ll take a while, if it ever finishes….

I didn’t eat much today.  I didn’t see a point in a Christmas dinner when I’m the only one home.  I mostly just grazed on sandwiches, leftovers, and two snacks from the coffee shop.

Tim and I got out for a little ride this afternoon/evening.  We met at Heine Brothers at the loop, as that location was open most of the day.  Good for business, not so good for those poor souls that had to work on Christmas.

The picture to the right was taken on my way home after the ride.  No, that’s not my house.  I was just passing through the neighborhood.

Although my new GPS didn’t have a suitable map loaded, I had it mounted on the handlebars, and it tracked my route through town.  I’m able to export the data as a GPX file, as seen below.

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I drove to work on Wednesday and Thursday.  I was mad at myself for that.  I’m not gaining weight, but I’m not losing it either.  I didn’t work yesterday (Friday), nor did I get out on the bike.

I did pick up my daughter who had taken a bus from Michigan to Louisville.  I only spent a few hours with her before she headed off to spend time with her boyfriend.  I’ll see her briefly tomorrow before dropping her off at the bus station.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  My day was peaceful, if a bit lonely.

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Very cool that you finally got a GPS! You’ve been talking about it for some time, I hope you enjoy it. Glad you guys got out on Christmas. I didn’t, but I did get out a couple of times over the extended weekend.

  2. Tim,
    Thanks for riding with me on Christmas. Sorry I was out of action on Sunday. I was also sick on Monday and didn’t work. Today is much better.

    Michael,
    It is very cool. It’s even cooler now that I’ve got the maps loaded. Now I won’t get lost anymore. 🙂 Apparently Garmin’s website was overloaded on Christmas day due to people and their new gadgets.

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