As recovery for my knee operation, I’m slowly starting up some road biking (as mtb is not yet possible). As I’m really bad in orientation, I’ve bought a Garmin Edge 705 GPS (from my oprotpremie :). Although there’s plenty of opportunity for improvement to the device, I find that a GPS tremendously increases bike possibilities. I’ve “acquired” (I leave it up to you to determine what I mean) the Onroute NL bike map, which is currently the only map available that has auto-routing, specific for biking. So you type in your destination and it will navigate you to it over very beautiful bike roads. Like this, you can, without any risk of getting lost, discover unknown routes. And also no need any more to stop at each crossing, as the GPS will notify you before each crossing where to go.
Specifically for Erik, the GPS has a special feature to navigate you to the closest “cold beer” when you’re in desperate need.
I’ve tried it with a trip from Berkel-Enschot to Nijmegen and I was really astonished about the great route it took me over. I can all GPS owners recommend to get this Onroute NL bike map as well. It’s only about 100 MB, so it doesn’t take too much space on your GPS.