International Motorcycle Show this weekend in Minneapolis

January 31, 2012

http://www.motorcycleshows.com/Minneapolis
Friday thru Sunday at the Convention Center.  This show is usually fun and a good way to break your cabin fever.  KTM, Husky, and BMW appear to be no-shows as usual but there will be more than enough entertainment from other vendors to fill a few hours of your time.


We made the Facebook leap

January 26, 2012

We finally have a Facebook page, so if Facebook is your thing, jump on over “like” us and submit your favorite Minnesota riding photos, videos, etc.  All posts made to this blog automajically get posted there too.


TMAT Gunflint Loop map updated

January 25, 2012

Quick update.  The extension off from the TMAT East that I have been calling the “Gunflint Loop” has been updated.  I have been meaning to add a return trail that encourages riders to not follow HWy 61 back to Duluth.  It is now posted.  Keep in mind that this trail addition is still considered “proposed” because I haven’t gotten enough feedback from riders and haven’t ridden it myself.  Check dualsportmaps.com for the updated GPS tracks. Comments, as always, are welcome.


State OHV Maps now available on Android Phones

January 20, 2012

As you may know the website DualSportMaps.com holds all the GPS data for the Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail.  It is a great site and also has a Android app that goes with it that allows you to use your Android phone as a GPS.  I mount my phone to my handlebars and it works wonderfully!  No need to spend $500 on the latest Garmin!

Well, today it gets even better.  DualSportMaps.com has a new feature that allows you to take a existing paper or electronic map and load it into their website so that it can be overlayed onto their map data.  Sound confusing?  All you need to know is that now you can access Minnesota DNR OHV maps in two new ways:

1. By going to dualsportmaps.com, creating an account, and then clicking on the Map Overlays link.  You will see 2 overlays in Minnesota.  Click on them and they will show Nemadji and Chengwatana MN DNR maps inserted into the site.

2. You can also view the MN DNR OHV maps usign the DualSportMaps Android application.

Why is this great?  There is now no need to have a printed MN DNR map in one hand and your gps in another while navigating down the trail.  Now both can be displayed at the same time on your Android Phone (I still recommend carrying paper maps as a backup in case your phone/gps fails).  Also, when planning a trip there is no need to have one web browser open to the DNR website and another window open to the DualSportMaps.com website.    This is just one more way technology is making this sport much more interesting.

I have uploaded the Chengwatana and Nemadji state maps to the site.  I hope to upload the rest of the state OHV maps soon.

Ride safe!

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