Hello DFDureiko! welcome to the forum
Congratulations on getting a new job with FEDEX. I am in Indiana, so I was intrigued with your location "rural eastern Connecticut" I never imagined there are rural places in New England, but then again, I know there are some historic farms in your area so, duh!
I think the iPad would really help you with finding your location and the next place that you want to be. You have to get an ipad with 3G and an application like MotionXgps. This is the app I use in rural Indiana when I wander the back roads and by-ways of my state looking for decrepit old barns. With 3G, I can easily find my way. Google Earth and the Maps app that comes with the iPad are also good--at least better than paper maps. Here is a picture from MotionXGPS of rural eastern CT. If I was east of Norwich, Ct, this app is capable of locating me using cellphone towers and satellite. The wifi iPad does not have this ability.
Yes, you can use the iPad as a
Compass. I have 3G and if I have motionXgps running I can get the navigation pointer turning like a compass.