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Old 01-25-2015, 11:09 AM   #1
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Trip Planning Mapping Software Recommendations

So I used to use Microsoft Street and Trips to plan out my trip with different way-points cause it could save a trip and would calculate certain information such as time/distance/rest stops/gas usage/etc...

However that product has been discontinued. Does anyone recommend any mapping software similar to that for planning out trips?

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Old 01-26-2015, 06:57 AM   #2
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Assuming you're talking about the US (and maybe North America) - have a look in Vendors at Furkot.

Its become my go to for trip planning efforts. Really like some of the features they've built into it, plus its free.
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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If you've got a Garmin, try Basecamp it's free. It's a bit unpolished when it comes to multi-day trip planning but it works.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:38 AM   #4
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So I used to use Microsoft Street and Trips to plan out my trip with different way-points cause it could save a trip and would calculate certain information such as time/distance/rest stops/gas usage/etc...

However that product has been discontinued. Does anyone recommend any mapping software similar to that for planning out trips?

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If you've got a Garmin, try Basecamp it's free. It's a bit unpolished when it comes to multi-day trip planning but it works.
I'm too old (and stupid) to learn another software...ie Basecamp. I've been using S&T, Mapsource & Google earth for my trip planning, on & off road. I haven't found a need to try learning something new.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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If you've got a Garmin, try Basecamp it's free. It's a bit unpolished when it comes to multi-day trip planning but it works.
I have a Garmin motorcycle navi (pricy due to lack of competition, but great), but I find Basecamp extremely frustrating: after I mapped out a route in Basecamp and transferred it to my Garmin, I always get "Route not found" error message after a few miles into my trip and the navi stops guiding me. I've hence started to plan my route on Google maps, finding suitable waypoint, then I fire up the Garmin and add one waypoint after another manually on my Garmin before I start the trip and safe it. This is very, very time consuming, but works. The problem with that approach is that you cannot deviate too much from your pre-planned trip, otherwise the Garmin will route you back to your last waypoint (which you might have passed already on a nearby, alternative route on your way to the next waypoint).

So my recommendation would be to use Google Maps (street view is a fantastic tool!), make a printout to put on your tank bag, and use a navi on your motorcycle, but never rely on the navi entirely.
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I haven't found a need to try learning something new.
Isn't that the whole point of life, that you try to constantly learn something new?
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Isn't that the whole point of life, that you try to constantly learn something new?
Could be! but, I have a plaque on the wall that I look at everyday.....

"LIFE is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming Wow What A Ride!"

And so, I will continue to plan my adventures with a program I know rather than being frustrated learning something new.....
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If you've got a Garmin, try Basecamp it's free. It's a bit unpolished when it comes to multi-day trip planning but it works.
took a look at it, but its not going to work. basemap is not detailed enough to plan a trip on.
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I'm too old (and stupid) to learn another software...ie Basecamp. I've been using S&T, Mapsource & Google earth for my trip planning, on & off road. I haven't found a need to try learning something new.
Can you still get S&Ts anywhere? What is mapsource?
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Also guys I am looking at something purely for pre-planning a trip. It does not need to transfer to a GPS or come along with me at all.
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Also guys I am looking at something purely for pre-planning a trip. It does not need to transfer to a GPS or come along with me at all.
I pre-plan all my trips using either Google Maps or TYRE.
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Can you still get S&Ts anywhere? What is mapsource?
S&T (Streets & Trips) is a Microsoft product that has been discontinued. Mapsource is a Garmin product, also discontinued & replaced by Basecamp.

Alex, I do have Basecamp & can zoom in & get as much detail of roads & trails as needed. Are your maps unlocked?

Google maps are very good & easy for what you're looking for.
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I pre-plan all my trips using either Google Maps or TYRE.
TYRE is great - setup for TomTom Rider, but works with any not-too-old Garmin also. Pick your waypoints on Google Earth and easily create a route that can be transferred like any file to your GPS. Easy to learn - I sat in front of the TV and learned it pretty quickly last night. Free download.

Oh - and I also plugged in a few waypoints on Google Earth that I recognized from our back country snowmobiling, and then clicked the "off road" button, and it followed the path across the fields perfectly - sweet program!
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I may try google earth, but I am having good luck with Furkot, which you guys suggested.
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As a few others have stated, try TYRE. I use it for all my mapping. Works with Garmin units, and will use any existing track you wanna add into it.
I find it MUCH easier to use than Basecamp. You can also transfer your route onto Google Earth and do a pre-run of the route...pretty cool stuff.
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