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iOS apps for touing?
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posted 5/17/2015
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Hi Group Mind,

My boss replaced my old Blackberry last year with a new iPhone and I'm planning a 2-week solo tour in June. I'm looking for recommendations for apps to go along with that. It's a road tour and I'm planning to stay in hotels/motels and pick up meals in restaurants.

Full disclosure: I'm not connected to any of the following apps in any way and you should decide for yourself if they are right for you.

Here's what I have so far:
Cyclist Down!, free: produced by a law firm in Ohio. it's the guide for what steps to take when/if you crash, covering things like calling for an ambulance, place to record emergency contact info, ways to take witness statements within in the app and so on. I'm hoping that I will never have to use this, either for me or someone else.

First Aid for Cyclists, free: produced by St. John Ambulance in the UK, it has advice for treating injuries common to cyclists. I also have a standard general-use app on the phone. This is another one I hope to never need.

Weather: this came with the phone so I can get local forecasts.

Google Maps, free: in case I get horribly lost (see note below).

Google Translate, free: my trip this year is domestic but if you haven't checked this one out for a while, it now comes with live voice translation to allow simple conversations and can use the camera to do real-time translation of text such as signs.

Here's what I'm not looking for:
- Route mapping apps. I'm an old-fashioned map/compass/cue sheet guy and I don't ride with my phone turned on. I can use the phone to check my location if needed.
- Fitness tracking software. I have a small computer that tracks time/speed/distance/cadence and that's all I need. I don't worry about heart rate, watts, altitude gained and so on.

Are there any other ones that you would recommend? Please note that I do not want to start a flame war. If someone likes an app and you don't, that's fine. Everybody can decide for themselves.

Thanks and tailwinds to you all!

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posted 5/17/2015
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And, of course, I've bookmarked BikeJournal's mobile site to keep track of things.

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posted 5/17/2015
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I wish I'd had my i-Phone last year on a trip when I got hopelessly lost and spent the night in my truck in a church parking lot. A simple "Siri, where am I?" would have produced a map and I'd have been un-lost in a hurry. With the phone I had, about all I could do was call my wife and tell her I was lost.
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