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Old 09-10-2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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Tutorial for creating Map on Garmin GPS (Nuvi 205)

Alright, I have finally figured out how to use my simple Garmin Nuvi GPS (basically a $100 car gps) for plotting maps of any GPX file....
Everyone said it was impossible to use this GPS for offroad trail mapping..

So before I forget, here is how I got all the BDR routes on my el-cheapo Garmin that belongs to my wife

more to follow....

FYI-----u must have a gps with a micro SD card!
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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here is what we want to see....
th cobdr
the utbdr
the wabdr
the azbdr
all at one time, on one map. all we gotta do is follow the yellow (err blue) brick rd





of course you'll have to zoom in to see trail detail.

---fyi- I have not actually riden these trails from this gps. but all points were from BDR webpage.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:20 PM   #3
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first,
go here and download this
http://www.javawa.nl/imgfromgpx_en.html

also, you will need to download basecamp to see your BDR routes, or at least you should verify the points the webpage gives you, and this is the best way to verify what the GPX file map looks like. (I assume you know how to use basecamp, not hard)

heres what IMGfromGPX looks like-just go ahead and install the free download

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Old 09-10-2014, 08:23 PM   #4
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go to this website and start downloading the trail you want (or you can download any gpx file you want--whatever tickles ur pickle)
you want to save these files to ur desktop. u may have to extract and unzip the files--at least that's what I did, then I saved them in an unzipped folder. name, make sure u can find it later....
http://www.backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com/COBDR

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Old 09-10-2014, 08:33 PM   #5
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ok, now that u have both IMGfromGPX and BDR gpx files, u r ready...
open IMGfromGPX
open your folder of BDR gpx files
and drag and drop into IMGfromGPX








now, u should read IMGfromGPX instructions some.... but basically- put POI column to "skip". then put color on each track/map---again, what ever floats ur boat
and then click create map---make sure u check "include gmapsupp"
the pic below is just a picture of one line item---but on my actual one---I had all 4 trails listed...
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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get out you micro sd card and adapter.
plug it in computer.
THEN, CREATE A FOLDER IN YOUR SD CARD "garmin" (this is a must, not sure why)......

Now, open up the file/map folder thing u just made with IMGfromGPX.
I named mine "ALL BDR"

Open up you SD card device in your "my computer" if it doesn't automatically pop up.

put these two screens side by side for some drag and drop action
"SD CARD DEVICE" ----< Now only drag and drop the img files --INTO the "garmin" file on your SD CARD
. u'll know which ones they are bc they have a little gray globe beside them.
NOTE---you will have to search the folders for those IMG files. they aren't all in one place. just drag and drop them, all of them. don't worry about which ones- just do all.




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Old 09-10-2014, 08:52 PM   #7
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now once all the IMG/sup whatever gray globe files are on the sd card, just unplug it and put it in you NUVI or similar garmin.

then go to settings and hit the maps logo





then hit map info to see if you custom map is there....





wahhlaahh!






feedback welcome...
I looked all over here and else where to figure this out from one place with no luck.

I know there are some others out there who do not want to buy a new gps- and would like to have preloaded map to make sure their on right course.

for me this will work fine, bc- i'll mount it on my handlebar with an ipod handlebar mount that is weather proof and just follow the line.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:15 AM   #8
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Cool. Thanks for sharing how to do this.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:20 AM   #9
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Great info. Thanks.

I didn't see where you actually USED Basecamp. You said to use it to check the downloaded BDRs to verify they were what you want. That makes me think I can use any of the other GPX file viewiers instead?
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Great info. Thanks.

I didn't see where you actually USED Basecamp. You said to use it to check the downloaded BDRs to verify they were what you want. That makes me think I can use any of the other GPX file viewiers instead?
Probly...I no gpx gps expert. Learning as I go.
In basecamp u edit the gpx file if u want. Then map it...it's free to.
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Previously covered here -
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....4&postcount=75

However, very nice step by step directions with photo's!
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Previously covered here -
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....4&postcount=75

However, very nice step by step directions with photo's!
This may have been useful before I started cursing my life

Great write up... Great for all of us who want to save a little $ and not buy big $$$ gps
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I just successfully moved an (off-road) East Texas track to my NUVI 205 using a Mac with OS X. I bought the GPS at a garage sale for $20. I don't know how well it will work on my trip, but I will use it and see. I am surprised at how long the battery lasts. Let's see how well it handles vibration and dust.

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I just successfully moved an (off-road) East Texas track to my NUVI 205 using a Mac with OS X. I bought the GPS at a garage sale for $20. I don't know how well it will work on my trip, but I will use it and see. I am surprised at how long the battery lasts. Let's see how well it handles vibration and dust.

Thank you
Let us all know how it works out!
I going to put mine in one of those handlebar mounted iPod cases, nuvi fits in perfect
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