In this increasingly digital dominated world I thought it might be a good idea to look at the Google Maps / GPS vs Hard Copy Maps issue. What do you use? Do you just need one or do you still need both? I use my GPS for map surveying & the hard copy GTR map is the result. Sometimes I get guys contacting me for info or directions, because their GPS or Google Maps has failed they & they are not sure where to go. For me, unless you are familiar with the road network or town names, then you should always carry a map with you. With a map you get the big picture. You can see the while network of roads. With a GPS you can only look at a small area on the screen. You can plan your trip with a map You can open your map out & discuss your route & options with friends over beer. A GPS actually isolates you from other people & interacting more with the locals. It takes a lot of the fun & adventure out of touring. With a map you can interact with locals, checking directions & suggested routes. With a map you can learn something as you go, looking out for landmarks or kms as you go. With a GPS you look at the screen to navigate & don’t necessarily look out for landmarks or kms, route numbers as you go. Navigating with a map is part of the excitement of travel. Blindly following your GPS, letting it lead you round by the nose is no adventure. A map doesn’t have a power failure of lose the GPS signal – it works with you all the time. Lose your way with a GPS; but with a map you can least see the big picture & road network to work out where to go – what the options are. What are your ideas. Is Google maps good enough? Is the GPS map good enough? Is a hard copy map good enough?