I came across this pretty cool blog by a guy named Jesper in Europe. In his blog, he tells us about a Garmin GPS device made just for motorcycles, the Zumo. At first I thought this thing was pretty cool. Not only does it do the standard GPS stuff, but you can also use to play XM radio or MP3’s, get real time traffic data, and download your trip into Google earth to share with friends all over the world. There are a host of features on this thing. You know me, I love gadgets. I immediately starting thinking up all of the excuses to give my wife so I could have one. They aren’t cheap, that’s for sure. They start at $1000! But the more I got to thinking about it, the more I started questioning myself as to whether or not I really wanted one. Just like Jesper said in his blog, getting lost is half the fun! How many out of the way places have you found that were cool when you were lost. Some of my favorite spots have been the ones I just found when out riding. And besides, isn’t this whole riding thing more fun when you’re taking the road less traveled? Part of the fun of going somewhere is the cool stuff you’ll see, smell, and hear when you’re out riding in places that are unfamiliar. Biker Dick, Corndog, and I are planning our trip to Sturgis for next year. We’re going to ride the nearly 1900 miles one way to party for about four or five days to turn around and ride the nearly 1900 miles back. When we get there, we’re going to camp out. We’re going to get up with the sun and go to sleep when we’re tired. We’ll ride some while we’re there, too, but the ride there is something I’m really looking forward to. We haven’t quite decided on a route. We can take the freeway almost the whole way there, we can mix it up with some back roads, or we can just take back roads all the way there. I’m not really sure what we’re going to do, but I will be a little disappointed if we don’t at least travel some of the back roads. Now, this little gadget my Garmin can come in pretty handy. Let’s say that we would like to go this little barbeque place in Kentucky that we saw on Feasting on Asphalt. We’d have to get off I-24 once we’re in Kentucky and go some hundred or so miles out of the way to find this little place. No biggie. But now, let’s say we’re lost. I turn on my Garmin Zumo and off we go, right back on track. How fun is that? No interacting with the locals to try to find this place, no haggling over a map, nothing but follow the dot. Not me. Give me a map, a compass, and a full tank of gas, and I’ll be happy. I think I’ll pas on the Garmin this time.