A number of years ago Ewan McGregor took a trip through a Scottish restroom in “Trainspotting”. Of course, that journey was in a great film. Now in real life, he and his partner Charley Boorman are traveling from John O’Groats, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa.
They will be taking two important devices on this trip. One is BMW motorcycles and the other is the Nokia 6110 Navigator.
Motorcycles were part of the 2004 trip which was documented in a show called “Long Way Round”. But during the trip from London to New York, which took over 115 days, they would sometimes get lost. They had to resort to communicating with locals in a variety of languages to get back on track. And while that certainly can result in humorous moments, for the new trip they wanted to have more control over navigation.
During the “Long Way Down” trip Ewan and Charley will bike through Europe, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Namibia on the way to South Africa.
The Nokia 6110 Navigator will make a significance difference to the success of this trip. There’s instant and easy-to-use maps. Ewan and Charley will quickly and easily view their current location on the map, search for destinations, find specific routes, or locate services such as restaurants, hotels or shops that are nearby. It’s always good to find the neighborhood pub after a long day of traveling. On the road they will have access to routing and voice guided navigation available with the click of the phone’s one-touch Navigator key. The Navigator suggests the best route to follow to reach a location by vehicle or on foot. This is possible because the Nokia 6110 Navigator features AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) which operates on the WCDMA 2100 and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks.
The Nokia 6110 Navigator comes with a local map pre-installed on the memory card ready for immediate navigation. Additional maps and content – such as traffic information, weather services and travel guides – can be purchased online and transferred to the phone. The maps also show thousands of points of interest, such as restaurants, hotels, shops or other services nearby the location.
The Nokia 6110 Navigator is more than just a navigation device. During the Long Way Down trip, the members of the crew can surf the net for information, take photos and video, keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family back home. It should be an interesting journey with Producer/ Directors Russ Malkin of Big Earth and David Alexanian of Elixir films producing the six part TV series for the BBC.