"follow road" route problem

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Paulie, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to use a route made on google maps on my 76cx, in "follow road" mode. Damned if the gps always wants to go into "calculate" mode & screws up the route.

    I've used this that & the other conversion programs for input, a whole bunch of em. Pretty slick stuff, I gotta say! Have also tried all the diff "follow road" settings on the gps. Mapsource or basecamp, same dang result. Groan.

    If ya got any decent clues, lemme know...thanks.
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  2. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Make it into a track or several. 500 point limit per each of max 10 tracks.
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  3. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    500 points max on each of 20 tracks.

    Also, WinGDB will convert it for you to tracks with LOTS of points, which you then filter down to 500 points each.

    This is the best way I've found to do it...
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  4. 250senuf

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    Oops, thanks for the correction.
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  5. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    What maps are loaded on your GPS? I'm guessing your roads don't match between the two.

    First recalculate in Mapsource or Basecamp, and then load into your GPS after ensuring the map data is the same (if using Mapsource).
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  6. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    They're both City Navigator NA NT 08, which seems to be ok. Yeah, I've tried that recalc in M - B & it also gets wacked out. Doing it on a lil local 5 mi route that's EZ to test, before a 7-8k ride in August.
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    That's the problem with many of the handheld units. You're really not doing anything wrong, it will ALWAYS recalculate the route and it will ALWAYS change it unless you are very careful of where you place your via points. You're also limited to 50 of those so you're stuck with some very short routes if you get complex with the routing. Like others have suggested stick with tracks as the 76 is pretty much a useless routing GPS.
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  8. wbbnm

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    If you really want to use routes you should do lots of practice runs like you are planning. You will find lots of problems that can generally be overcome with proper GPS unit settings and route planning.

    Or not.

    I would definitely recommend creating tracks as a backup in case routing just doesn't work out.
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  9. Countdown

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    +1 No Brainer
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