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RE: [RC] [RC] GPS - Lucy Trumbull

Hey Dave

I think I follow where you went (after inspecting the river crossing,
did you continue along the south side of the river and follow a trail
with a bunch of rock waterfalls down below you to the left? If so,
isn't that a pretty trail!?).

The section of trail in the Poverty Bar vicinity is always bad for GPS
to pick up because you have the steep north-facing canyon wall to
your south blocking your satellite view. It depends on the day, how
fast you were riding, etc, but I often get bad readings from that
section of trail. I looked at a track this afternoon from a few weeks
back and measured the section from hw-49 to "just above the river
crossing" and it came out to 6.25 miles.

Another area that is bad for the same reason is "Sandy Bottom"
which is a singletrack section between Ford's Bar and where you
come to the river road section leading to Francisco's - the steep
canyon walls are more than the GPS can deal with.

Don't get discouraged - just know that they canyons around here
are the worst for getting good readings. Don's advice about putting
the GPS somewhere where it can get a clean signal is good. I have
mine strapped to the pommel of my saddle, but still block it occasionally.
I changed my settings today to what Don recommended, so we'll see
what my readings are next time I go down there.

We parked our trailers at the "Lower Quarry Trail" parking area which...We then rode the "Lower Quarry" trail and immediately were confronted with a sign stating it is 7.1 mi to Poverty Bar. When we got to Poverty Bar, the river was flowing too fast to venture a crossing....Therefore we turned from the river and got back on the trail and continued for about another mile. Since it was getting a bit late we turned and retraced out route. As we turned back, we checked the GPS and it stated we had traveled 6.1 miles. When we arrived back at the trailers, it stated we had gone a total of 12.2 miles. According to the signage, along with our estimate of distance past Poverty Bar, we estimate we had gone about 15.5 to 16 miles - a pretty significant discrepancy. <<

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
elsietee AT foothill DOT net
Repotted english person in the Sierra foothills, California
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