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Old 06-09-2009, 05:48 AM   #46
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Does anyone have actual downloadable paper maps for the Trans Mass Trail?

I have no idea how to deal with GPX files. I tried to open them up but I guess my computer doesn't have the programs needed?

Thanks.......
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:38 AM   #47
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Does anyone have actual downloadable paper maps for the Trans Mass Trail?

I have no idea how to deal with GPX files. I tried to open them up but I guess my computer doesn't have the programs needed?

Thanks.......
Roy,

Do you have mapsource installed on your computer? GPX is the type of file that you can exchange information between mapsource and your GPS.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:27 AM   #48
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Man! Am I proud of myself.......I'm a guy that can barely do email, and I downloaded the MapSource software, transferred the GPX file (that is now a GDB ?) to MapSource and then hooked up my Garmin 2730 and transferred the file to it!

Simply amazing!

One more question. When I get to the starting point of the TMT, will the GPS give me voice commands for turns like it does for regular navigation.
I've never tried to follow a downloaded map...........

Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:59 AM   #49
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Man! Am I proud of myself.......I'm a guy that can barely do email, and I downloaded the MapSource software, transferred the GPX file (that is now a GDB ?) to MapSource and then hooked up my Garmin 2730 and transferred the file to it!

Simply amazing!

One more question. When I get to the starting point of the TMT, will the GPS give me voice commands for turns like it does for regular navigation.
I've never tried to follow a downloaded map...........

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Good job.

Answer to your question is yes.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:39 PM   #50
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Hey Hulked Up! Great map. I hit it this morning till this afternoon. Very nice ride. Only did the southern part (my buddy needed better rain gear)... but it was awsome.
Mapped some alternates on the way back... just gotta figure out what to do with them (ie get the route back into map source).
The Curtin Rd section is all hammered from storms passable though.... I need to explore here too many trails branching off and no signs


Thanks again!

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:33 PM   #51
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You're welcome. Sorry to hear about Curtain Road as that was the highlight of the route for me.

You could spend a couple days exploring the side trails and dirt roads off the route.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:02 AM   #52
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I'll be riding this route and some of the VT Puppy dog route hopefully over the next few days. I was wondering how some of the roads will be with all the rain in the past month. I'll give an update when I get back or if I have a chance from the road.
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:50 AM   #53
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Trans-Mass tommorow

A friend and myself would like to ride it tommorow We are coming from Mass . Near 495 . We should be at the start area around 930 a.m We both have KTMs and there may be a R1200GS BMW as well. I hope to get a chance to load it into my Zumo this afternoon. Your welcome to meet and ride with us .
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:24 AM   #54
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you may see us out there. We're starting the ride today/. I'm meeting another ADV-er a little later who's coming up from NYC but we're getting a late start. We're meeting at Cliffs BMW in CT, probably around 2-3pm, then heading over to the start of the Trans Mass route in CT and riding that for a while. When it gets close to dark we'll be looking for a campground or somewhere to camp. Then ride more tomorrow. We may not get all to deep into MA today and we won't be riding terribly fast. If you are going south to north tomorrow you may catch us, but if you are going north to south you will certainly pass us. It's just the two of us and we're both on bmw f650's, one black one silver.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:39 AM   #55
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Sounds like a plan, hopefully your friend will be able to keep up and not get sprayed by mud.

No luck getting the Honda or Suzuki to tag along?
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:16 PM   #56
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The Honda and Suzuki are busy. with IC and camping .See you in Auburn at 8a.m Mass Pike service area.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:23 AM   #57
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Thanks for laying out this ride. BBQ and myself did it yesterday . This ride could easily be incorporated into a one day ride with the PuppyDog . The roads were easy for just about anything you ride. I did it on street tires and had zero problems. Very little mud even after 21 days of rain out that way. The route was right on and we had plenty of time to ride from outside Boston down to Winsted , do the ride and home by 300 pm . About 350 miles total. There is one section along a river before Ashfield that we had to bypass due to a bunch of trees down over the road. It would take a major effort and a big chainsaw to clear a path. Too bad as it was one of the more technical sections of ride. We are willing to work with some of you guys or gals to make some additions to make the route more off-road orientated. If you have a work party, let us know.

It would be easy to spin up your knobbies on these roads. PLEASE REFRAIN. Erosion quickly follows with the locals becoming pissed pretty quick. Thanks
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:13 AM   #58
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Gary,

I want to head out there this week with a chain saw and clean up that section to be ready for the YB Heath Rally............

I sent you a PM about potentially leading a ride during the rally????????
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:40 AM   #59
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Gary,

I want to head out there this week with a chain saw and clean up that section to be ready for the YB Heath Rally............

I sent you a PM about potentially leading a ride during the rally????????
This is a job for a skidder and a crane. These are full size trees andthe base of the trees are on a steep slope. Minumum of a 24 inch bar and some serious skill. these trees are not totally on the ground, making it more dangerous than you might imagine. BBQ will post pics soon I'm sure.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:25 AM   #60
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You mean these trees, it's too bad this is old Rt 9 and goes right along the river.
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