Monday, July 30, 2007

NY Times

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by a MotionBased.com employee who asked if I'd be willing to speak to the NY Times about using maps and my GPS unit.

I agreed and spoke with Miguel Helft about my experiences with my Garmin Forerunner 305 and various mapping tools, including MotionBased.com (http://cheval.motionbased.com).

A week or two later, I was contacted and asked for a photo of myself riding Tanna. I was happy to comply and took off work for a morning to meet Chris Berkey (freelance photographer selected by the NY Times photo editor) at Percy Warner park for a photo session. My husband, Daniel, an avid photographer himself, was pleased to come along and help out. Tanna and I played around, trotting, cantering, galloping, doing figure 8s until Chris decided he had plenty of shots.

After the story was bumped a few times, I received a call from Miguel wanting to speak with a map user. I immediately thought of, and contacted, Angie Fura, the ride manager for the Trace Tribute endurance ride. Angie spoke with Miguel and gave him some good information.

The result, the article, With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking, was published in the NY Times on Friday, July 27, 2007.

Thanks to all involved. I had a great time and got a nice picture of Tanna out of it!

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