I carried a 500mhz iBook computer to update this site. It also aided me with navigation, collecting and analyzing elevation data from the GPS, and uploading the travel log and pictures.
Internet connection was established using its built in 56K modem and a land line.
I carried a power supply and phone cord. Find out what software I used here.
The GPS I used is a Garmin eTrex Vista model. It has an integrated altimeter, barometer, and compass. The GPS is mounted to the handlebar with a RAM mount.
There are a few purposes for this device. It serves as a navigation aid and replaces all the functions of a traditional cycle computer. Second, this model keeps track of altitude trends. Each day the elevation profile for that segment was downloaded into the computer along with other information such as elapsed distance and time. From this data I am charting an elevation profile for the entire Transamerica route. The data will also be analyzed to see the effect that terrain have on average speed.
- RAM GPS mount, C-battery power supply, Solar power supply