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Team: North
Charlotte Talley
Monday, August 19
I had an accident....
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The effects of a horse stepping on a Garmin GPS device

The effects of a horse stepping on a Garmin GPS device
Courtesy Charlotte Talley

Today, I had an accident. It was horrible and with all accidents, it could have been prevented. I broke the GPS unit. You are probably thinking, “What? How could you break a GPS unit?” Ok, here is the story.

Like every morning, I am scrambling to get my things together for the day. I had food in one hand, rain gear in the other. We have a new horse outfitter today and he was sizing people to their saddles and making sure we had everything we needed. In the midst of all the commotion, I realized I forgot the two GPS units that I was given to carry to plot our exact route. I jumped off my horse, and run to the Tech trailer and grabbed the Garmin Legend and Trimble unit. (The Garmin Legend is a small hand held unit that tracks our route, tells mph, time, direction of travel and how long we have been traveling. The Trimble unit, it a lot more complex and it does the same but in a more advanced way.)
I get back to the horse and we leave. Just as we are leaving, I notice that neither unit is turned on. So, I take the time while I am on my horse to turn both on and get each to both start tracking. (The horse is walking by the way…) Five minutes within the trail, I grab the Garmin unit and turn to the screen that tells me how many miles we have gone.
Just as I am fiddling around, my horse stumbles over a root on the trail and I drop the Garmin on the ground. I immediately try to stop my horse and as soon as I turn around I see Mike’s horse step or crush rather my GPS. I screamed, which scared the horse more, I see Rob hop off his horse and give me the broken unit. I had to take a couple of minutes to cope with my loss.

I think I am the only one in the Trek Team that enjoys playing with the GPS. It is a great technology to be able to see where you are going, how far it will take you to get there and apply it to a map. It’s cool.

So, when I got back to camp, I went to Damon the Tech Guy, and he could tell by my face that something was wrong. I said “Damon?” He automatically responded with “What happened did you break the GPS in a million pieces?” He was relieved to know that it was the Garmin and not the Trimble. I was also glad to know that I wasn’t in trouble. The other Trekkers kept teasing me all day saying “You’re gonna get in trouble.”

If anyone was curious, Garmin GPS units are very strong. I had dropped it several times before today’s catastrophe. It just when a thousand pound animal puts its hoof on it, it doesn’t do well.

Hope all is well.
We will proceed on.

Charlotte

for Monday, August 19
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Team: North
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