By the way Nigel were going at a fair old pace today when you passed us, 20+ ? A bit crazy for that heat. Our pace was more than enough
We did clog it a bit, ended up with a 17mph average, and expended all energy I had through Beverley Westwood to the burger van at 44mph as I now have a couple of days to recover before Wednesday and start again. Only spotted you at last moment and did not notice if anyone else from forum was with you. Then remembered that there was that Audax from Hessle that day that I was thinking of doing andforgot about.
Going back to the 705, when I did Spring into the Dales in April, I goofed up by deleting the course from my Garmin the night before and forgot to reload my newer version. But I had a route planned of all the villages, towns etc that we had to pass through enroute as waypoints which I thought that I could use, but I found that I did not pass close to the way point for it to select the next one, so it was pretty useless. All I had done was select a town from mapsource and made it a waypoint, when in fact I should have made the waypoint on a road junction that I would pass through.
As for waypoints, they are usefull, as they give you the distance remaining to travel and also a bearing, but it is as the crow flies, so unless you plot every junction on route, you sometimes have to guess the best way to get to the waypoint. I look at the feature of using waypoints as more X country etc where there is no roads and tracks.
I find using a course more usefull, as it only takes minutes to plan one online and it follows the roads, download it to Garmin and your away, and you just simply follow it onscreen. Plus you can see what's coming up ahead enroute and get plenty of warning to slow down. I learnt that lesson last year when I failed to check the road ahead onscreen and came across an S bend at 30mph which just appeared in front of me.
I think if you get a 705, you will be impressed, at the moment I cannot make my mind up whether to get a 705 or a 500. What I understand with the 500 though is that you cannot plot waypoints in, which does have a usefull side, the fact that you can plot all local towns etc for where you cycle which is handy for in case of a serious breakdown. Once I used to only plot places with bike shops as the actual waypoint but now I plot any village etc, so I can find the nearest in the menu's in the Garmin and hopefully find a shop for a water / food replen. But with a 705, with its map, you can just browse the map to look for nearest villages.