Or, there is this: the Rand McNally Road Atlas Deluxe 2003. During the summer of 2001, while I was on the road researching a book, I packed an earlier version of this atlas and found it indispensable. The pages are big, so detail is admirablecomparable to or better than the basic software setup in a GPS. It was easy to gauge distances and choose routes. Included is lots of helpful information on destinations, services, and side trips. And, the pages are beautiful to look at. There's just something about a big, tactile map, with all the possibilities it suggests, that a GPS can't duplicate. OK, I know that's an old-fashioned approach, but I think you'll get better use and more enjoyment from a good paper-based road atlas than from a GPS worth $300.
Check out Mark Jenkins' ruminations on the lost art of route finding from Outside's September 2002 issue: I Know Where I'm Going.
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