Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 2012 Newsletter

December Club Meeting

Our annual holiday club meeting will be held once again at The Harp Restaurant on Monday, December 10th, at 6:30 p.m.

A reservation has already been made for our group.  However, to ensure adequate seating for the group, please provide a RSVP (if you are planning on attending) no later than Wednesday, December 5th responding via email at

The Harp Restaurant is located at 1423 South 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC [GPS coordinates N34.21701, W77.94342].

November Club Meeting

We have a number of club members who live in the area of Myrtle Beach, so for November, we held our monthly club meeting at Ducati's Pizzeria and Trattoria in Myrtle Beach.  Several members from Wilmington rode together to join a group of our Myrtle Beach members.

The food was great, so we will be adding this as another of our ride-to-eat locations.  Thank you to club member Marty Schmitz for suggesting this location for our meeting!

Southern Exposure Ride

On November 4th, we held another Sunday brunch ride to Southern Exposure Restaurant in Faison.  Once again, we had a great turn-out for the ride.  We also had a number of club members ride and meet us at Southern Exposure.  If you were unable to join us, photos from the gathering are available in our Picasa photo gallery.

GPS Updates and Tip-of-the-Month 


There have been a number of recent Garmin software updates.  If you have not checked your software versions recently, it may be time to head to the Garmin web page and download these updates. Here are some of the recent updates:
Garmin BaseCamp 4.0.5 for Windows - Released November 15, 2012.
Garmin Communicator Plugin - Released November 14, 2012 - A free Internet browser plugin that transfers data between your Garmin GPS device and your computer.
Garmin MapInstall for Windows - Released October 23, 2012 - A free program that transfers maps between your computer and your Garmin GPS device.
Garmin POILoader for Windows - Released September 13, 2012 - A free program used to load Point-of-interest files on your Garmin GPS device.
Garmin POILoader for Mac - Released September 12, 2012 - A free program used to load Point-of-interest files on your Garmin GPS device.
Finally, if you are a nuMaps subscriber, the City Navigator North America 2012.30 maps are now available for downloading.

Tip of the Month 

Most of you already use online mapping resources, like Google Maps, Bing Maps, or Mapquest, when planning motorcycling trips.

For a long time, Google Maps has included a feature called Street View. Street View allows you to click-and-drag a "pedestrian" symbol on the Google Map and place that symbol on a highlighted street on the map. Doing this presents you a panoramic photographic view of the location. You can turn in place to see a 360 degree view of the location, just like you are standing there.  This is a great way to assess an intersection, view a highway interchange, or look at the area near your hotel.

Google Earth is another free geo-data tool that has been discussed before in this column.  Google Earth provides you satellite and aerial photography for any location in the world. (Just for the record, Bing Maps now offers some high-resolution mapping photography.) Google Earth users can now also get Street Views through that product. The next time you are planning a trip and want to know if a road on your route is paved or unpaved, or you want to see whether there may be a gas station at or near a major intersection, try using the Street View feature in Google Earth or Google Maps. And for those of you with Android-powered mobile phones, you can also access the Street View feature through your mobile phone's Google Maps app.


That's it for the December newsletter. I would like to wish all of you and your families a Happy Holiday season.  Ride safely and ride far!

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