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I Am Crushingly Disappointed In My Garmin Fenix 5 — It Counted 8,000 Steps While I Was On A Bus!

by Anura Guruge


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Know problem. They were talking about it YESTERDAY!


We were in Acadia for 5-days, and as is always the case when I am there, I was racking up the steps because that place begs you to hike. We had great, even exceptional weather, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday — but it bucketed down on Thursday. This was our 11th trip to Acadia in 5-years and we expect a day or two of rain. So, no big deal. One of our rainy-day activities is to take the FREE, L.L. Bean ‘Island Explorer’ bus from Bar Harbor all the way to Bernard on the other side of the Island and back. Mindless. Just sit in the bus and watch all the familiar landmarks in the rain. We always sit in the very back, on the long bench seat because that amuses Teischan. But, it is very bouncy and ‘slippery’ back there and in addition to getting jostled I do have to grab at seat backs and seat belts to stop from sliding around.

We had got to Southwest Harbor and was going up a small incline when my ‘GOAL’ buzzer went off. It was for meeting 10-floors of elevation, i.e., 100 feet. That surprised me since I had only done about 30′. Then I realized it was the barometric altimeter registering the elevation gains while I was in the bus. I was willing to overlook that. But, it made me look at my steps. I was flabbergasted! It had me having done around 5,000 steps, and I knew I had only done around 1,000 that day. So, I started monitoring the steps. They were going up like CRAZY.

At the end of the 3 hour bus ride it was showing in excess of 9,000 steps! 8,000 of those were BOGUS. I was CRUSHED and I still am.

I understand that the accelerometer sees the motion, BUT for whatever reason I had assumed that the Fenix 5 would have had algorithms that sorted that out. Not so.

I Googled. Yes, it is a problem across all activity trackers.

Now that I am retired I do not spend much time inside vehicles. I can easily go 4 to 5 days, sometimes even longer, without ever riding in a vehicle. I run and walk. So, I had NOT noticed these miscounted steps before.

On Friday, on the way back, I decided to keep track. I was driving our Nissan Quest which is a much smoother ride than the bus. For about an hour I did not see any missteps counted. Then, I saw 30 getting counted very quickly. Overall, in what was a 4.5 hour drive I saw 80 steps added. I can live with that. HUGE difference between 80 and 8,000.

Garmin should have a widget that disables step & floor counting. So, when you get in a vehicle you just activate that widget. It will monitor heart rate and stress but not steps or elevation. That should be trivial to implement.

I am CRUSHED. Now, I don’t trust any of the step counts.


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Fatal Car Accident Outside Of ‘Acadia National Park’ On Sunday, January 7, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Two vehicle accident, on Route 102, at the Southwest Harbor town line, a Ford Escape, travelling North (towards Somesville), and GMC truck coming the other way.

The fatality, Mr. Christopher Colman (28), of Saco, Maine, was the driver of the Ford, which had slid on an icy patch.

The accident happened around noon, on Sunday, January 7, 2018.


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“Common Good” Southwest Harbor/Acadia Co-Founder Larry Stettner Passes Away — A Real Shame!

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by Anura Guruge


A wholesome, modern-day, year-round ‘soup kitchen’ with heart,
in Southwest Harbor, Maine, (adjacent to ‘Acadia National Park‘)
that raises money with ‘As Good As Jordan Pond‘ Popovers,
for breakfast, 
on a donation basis.


See my September 2016 post.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Original at: mdislander.com/maine-news/community-activist-stettner-dies


My pictures from September 2016.

THE MAN himself, “Larry Stettner”. As is my luck I got to meet him, chat with him and he was kind enough to go and find a sheet (reproduced below) that spelled out what his ‘Goodness’ was all about. I am so glad I got to meet him.


A very great shame. A very nice man. I am so happy that I got to meet with him and spend some time chatting.

I already had plans to go to “Common Good” in June for popovers — even if it meant leaving home at 5am. I had hoped to see him again. Now I won’t, BUT I still intend to go.

Appears his wife died just a couple of months ago. What a shame.

I know that “Common Good” will continue to thrive BUT he will be MISSED.

Thank YOU, Larry.

You were one of the GOOD ONES.


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