First, I would like to thank Nathan. We have corresponded via email and at one point a phone conversation. That was unexpected and greatly appreciated.
While Nathan mentioned that the previous POI’s was a 3rd party addon and the reasoning for discontinuing was that they were not updating their data. I understand Gaiagps reasoning behind this.
I would like to mention I love the software. My explanation may be long winded but I wanted to explain how I use POI’s rather than just say I want the previous method back or something similar.
I have downloaded and used the new iOS app. The search function in the iOS version is similar to the Chrome browser which I use on my PC.
IMHO the current search function assumes that you know the area when searching for POI’s. You need to use the correct name and it will take you to that spot. You can't just type in campgrounds (using campgrounds as an example) and hope that it will produce results for the area that you have on your screen. For me this is a step backwards and the new search function seems to be geared more towards tracks/trails.
An example of how I use this feature/layer while planning a route is to determine which campgrounds has water. When running low, I'll head over to a campground top up, have a good solar shower, wash clothes etc. etc. before heading off grid i.e.: dispersed camping.
I have not considered gas stations as they can be a little unreliable if they allow you to get water at all. I do carry a water filtering system as well.
Anyway, that is the way I like to plan my trips, to stay off grid a much as possible. It is more a safety net even though I'll be carrying some 16 gallons of water. I don’t limit myself to just campgrounds but also look at Historical sites, mines etc. that would be of interest to me.
I would love to have something similar added back to the software. I felt it made planning a route a lot easier.
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