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Old 07-30-2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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drawing tracks - google earth

I'm fairly new to adventure riding and using my gps in general. What I'm trying to figure out is if there is a simple way to draw some tracks that I see under a long stretch of power lines on google earth and then export them to my garmin. I know the export is possible, the question more has to do with actually drawing the tracks based on what I see in google earth. There's a lot of various roads under these lines that end up going nowhere. The google earth path feature is proving very tedious and every time I screw up it starts another line and it's a complete pain in the arse.

Any thoughts on an easier way to accomplish this same thing?
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:16 AM   #2
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Not a "West" question. Move it to general and you will get lots of answers.
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Old 07-31-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by nrimmer
The google earth path feature is proving very tedious and every time I screw up it starts another line and it's a complete pain in the arse.
I do it that way all the time. I have thousands of miles of tracks that I created from scrathch using GE. I don't have the problem of screwups resulting in starting another path. If you draw your GE path the wrong way at an intersection, use the right mouse button to 'undo', which deletes one point at at time from the end of your path. Then just left-click again to make points where you now want them, extending the same path you started with.

To edit an existing GE path, right-click on the path and select "properties". With that, you can click on existing points to move them, add points to the middle or ends of the path, or delete points from either end of the path. Other than an auto-routing type tool, which GE doesn't have and doesn't work on roads and trails that are not in the base map anyway, it couldn't be much easier.

If you still don't like the way GE paths work, why not use Mapsource to draw the tracks?
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:03 PM   #4
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Follow the link in my signature.
It covers this in detail.
Google Earth GPS Howto (still a work in progress) use USGS TOPO Maps to layout trails.

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