Coach me on turning a map into a gps route

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  1. doggitter

    doggitter Long timer

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    Lets say I find logging roads I want to turn into a route. Using benchmark, google maps, google earth, whichever method I've use to find them. Along this fictitious route there are lots of intersections, lots of those are dead ends, several roads aren't labeled, and taking a wrong turn means lots of extra time and headache down the line.
    What is the best way to take this route and get it into a cell phone with gps apps, NOT dualsportsmaps since it's semi defunct nowadays, when each leg of the route has to be entered, because software doesn't pick it's way thru correctly? Loren.

    Ok, I edited this because I've looked on those vv(the post below this)vv pages before and came up with squat.

    I've downloaded half a dozen apps with great promises of wonderment, only to find that I still can't get the roads I want into the app. Still have 4 or 5 gps/nav apps on the phone and they're useless at this point.


    I won't mind it if this post gets moved to that forum....
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  2. SOP Dirt-Rider

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  3. Zuber

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    Hi, there is a great application that uses Google Maps/Earth to create gps coordinates and output several formats. But, I can't remember the name or my old link to it. It was very easy and visual. You could just pick on the roads you wanted to travel on.

    I'm still looking. Maybe someone has a hint.
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  4. doggitter

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    It seems being able to click on a trail or road and having software save it to a route would be an ideal way to accomplish what I'm trying to do. I'm hoping that's what you found.
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  5. Apple Jam

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    My most favorite Wilderness edge roads are not listed correctly on Google Maps/Earth. Hell, they don't even show Bennett Pass going through. Google Maps is mosty worthless for true backcountry riding. One advantage they do bring is some old original road names to what has just become a FS# on most maps. It's useful to find some old stuff, it just can't be relied on completely to get through the off-the-beaten-path stuff.

    Stick with paper. GPS should be the backup navigation source still, not the other way around....not yet...
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  6. doggitter

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    Ok, so how do you make that "gps backup" then, pertaining to what I'm trying to figure out?
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  7. Zuber

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    Found it.

    Mapmyride.com

    Easy to use. It is geared to bicycle sports, but works great for dual sport. In our area, I've not seen any roads that are missing.

    Edit> you can change the view to Satellite View and turn off Auto Follow Roads, then you can poke any point on the earth.

    Just poke the way points you want to output. I put one just before a turn and one after the turn, so you can run the route both ways. If the road changes directions a lot, I'll put more points on it. It will highlight the road, but it only out puts the points you pick. You save the route to the their web, but can export a .gpx file (over to the right of the map).

    There is a way to share, output to your smart phone, etc.
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  8. bensgone

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    Is there any program that takes this new route and puts it in roll chart form? Or do you create a roll chart info?
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    THAT"S IT!!! In 15 minutes I did what I've spent 4 hours trying to accomplish before, and gotten nowhere. Thanks a million! Loren.
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    More, you can turn on Satellite View to see google earth's view.
    Then you can turn off Auto Follow Roads.
    You can then poke any point on earth and add it to your route.

    I use it as a rough start for creating gps coords. The real way is to just go ride it and save your tracks.
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  11. jjdun7

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    I'm wondering why no one talks about DeLorme topo maps. I've been using it for years. It does pretty much everything that's being talked about here and, using Apple Jams example of Bennett pass, it even shows the hiking trail that parallels Bennett pass. Here's a link to an example:

    http://mapshare.delorme.com/Consumer/V.aspx?p=0zywpvbt
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  12. doggitter

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    A cool thing about mapmyride is the video view fly-over. It shows the whole course by air.
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  13. drbenjamin

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    Sorry for the thread necro, but this seemed like a good place for my question. Been using MapmyRide for years on my street bike. Am now getting a bike to go on fire roads, and am wondering how to tell which roads are open for travel without actually riding on them? MapMyride shows a maze of logging roads all over the state, but I'm sure most of those are gated. Any online way to see which roads I can stitch together to make a loop?

    TIA!
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    I'm betting the answer to that is go and see. They gate situation changes so frequently it'd be tough for any print to stay up with it, if anyone tried.
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  15. Baron650

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    Good tip on MapMyRide, glad to hear it works well.
    Another one that does this is RideWithGPS.com
    Easy routing complete with cue sheets. Bicycle nerds again.
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  16. drbenjamin

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    I've spent some time reading the site and now see how naive my question was! At least the MVUM maps will help in the National Forests.
    Regarding mapping software, I've been using a motorcycle oriented one called Tyre,
    http://www.tyretotravel.com

    it's free and awesome, lets you click on points along your desired route then upload to a GPS (I use a TomTom, your unit needs to support itineraries for this feature).It uses Google maps, and as far as I can see it will work as well on Forest and logging roads as it does on paved.
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