In Reply to: Nav is way cool, but ... posted by Lorenz on April 18, 1999 at 05:14:33:
If you have a notebook computer you can assemble your own navigation system for far less money. Buy a GPS unit for a couple of hundred dollars, Delorme Street Atlas USA software and a cable to hook up to your laptop. It's not as easy to look at when it's on the seat beside you, but Street Atlas talks to you, so you can hear it tell you when to turn when once you map out a route. Better still, get the Garmin GPS III Plus, which has self contained maps of major routes in N and S America, plus the capability to download street maps for specific areas from optional software.
You'll save a bundle, you'll have good mapping software (there are other program available if you don't like Street Atlas), and you'll have a GPS device for hiking, boating or whatever.
I do it, and I think it's a great way to travel.