Free online route building programs

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Kingsized, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Actually, that GPX file needs to be saved to: yourSDCard/Garmin/GPX/
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  2. tonyjuliano

    tonyjuliano Grumpy Santa

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    This is absolutely correct, forgive my oversight.
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  3. worwig

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    Interesting way to think about it, and maybe part of the reason for my frustration with Furkot.

    For example, I just did an 800 mile round trip around Georgia. I am doing this 'tour of Georgia" ride and had certain points I wanted to hit. In almost no time I had those points in ItnConverter, and generated a route between them to verify the distance and time needed, and what roads to take. Then had them exported to CoPilot AND OSMand, on my phone. I'm ready to roll. An idea where I will end day one, though not exactly sure, but I'll find someplace that is convenient. I imported those points into Furkot. I can import them easily enough, and that gets me a track with straight lines connecting the points. But I tried for 1/2 hour to then turn those points into a route that follows the roads. Couldn't do it. They stayed as 10 waypoints connected by straight lines and I couldn't make a route from them.
    I feel like it is a sledgehammer, when I just want to hang a picture. :lol3
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  4. tonyjuliano

    tonyjuliano Grumpy Santa

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    Exactly...

    When I do an extended trip - which is often - I pack very lightly. Usually just a single change of clothes, my toiletries & some ultralight camping gear. I plan a "rough" route out ahead of time that consists of some of the general areas I want to pass through / stop at, including any really good roads I want to hit along the way. This is usually done in REVER, then transferred via GPX to Basecamp, where I fine tune it a bit.

    I don't hesitate to alter my plans while en-route. If I see some interesting side road - I take it - this is how you find new "great stuff", IMO.

    As for lodging, I ride until I feel like stopping for the night, sometimes in a campground, more often just off the side of the road somewhere. If the weather is nice, my small tent doesn't get used. Every 3rd day or so, I'll hit a cheap motel - so I can do laundry in the sink.

    It's SUPPOSED to be an "adventure", right?
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  5. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Care to share the file you "imported" into Furkot. I've never seen such a condition when creating a new TRIP by IMPORTING a GPX Waypoint file. Would be interesting to know if there is a problem in how Furkot is reading the GPX data.

    As we've discussed previously, Furkot may be a lot more than you need. When I do simple Route Planning - and I do a LOT of Route Planning - I simply set my TRIP Settings such that Furkot doesn't plan for me: no stops, no lodging, no gas, just 24hr Days. You just have to keep in mind that Furkot is a Trip Planner and each 24hr Day is a GPX/KML Track/Route when Exported.

    By the way, IMPORTING Waypoints to create a new Trip is not the most efficient way to start a Route Plan in Furkot - I never use that feature. I simply create a New empty Trip - with the settings I want to start with - and then open my GPX/KML file using the FIND feature. Once I have my Waypoints showing on the Map and in the FIND drawer list, I simply select them in the order I want to travel and let Furkot do as you suggest you do - generate a rough route path for me which I refine after I have all of my Waypoints in the PLAN.
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  6. scridercoach

    scridercoach Old crusty bast**d

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    Yep, You just need to turn off all of the "extras" of Furkot and it does fine. As for the import/export, that sounds a bit glitchy and I can't come up with a theory. Still, though, it's a pretty good resource when you consider it's free.
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  7. keener

    keener Speed changes you.

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    What's the best online service if you have your own gpx file? wanting to add waypoints like gas stations near your route.
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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    :y0! Uh, Furkot.com?

    P.S, Hint: Use the FIND drawer to open your GPX file and add your route path to a new empty TRIP rather than using the Import to New Trip.
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    Ride with GPS remains only planner I have found that you can instantly see Google street view of any portion of your route as you are planning it.
    I use that feature constantly as well as its access to customise the cuesheet entries since Garmins go haywire with Japan toll roads.
    Remains free to use once you register, couple of things could be better but compared to Rever and Furkot I still prefer to use it for now.
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    scootertrog Been here awhile

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  12. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Your statement above is incorrect. Furkot.com offers Google Street View at any time for any location Street View supports around the world.
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  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    That mappite.org "...will suffice for 99% of "on-road" riders" seems a bit presumptuous.
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    scootertrog Been here awhile

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    I truly respect and value your opinions and helpful insight regarding GPS operation - but FURKOT is way too cumbersome to just whip out a quick route, especially compared to Mappite.org. I know it's just not me, as there are pages and pages here trying to explain how to use it. There's not much to explain with Mappite.org. :)

    I see over and over in this sub-forum, where all a guy wants to do is create a quick route and get it on his GPS. Mappite.org fulfills that requirement perfectly. It is not an epic trip planner, and is not meant to be.
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I appreciate the dialog scootertrog. And, I agree with your statement that many folks (not 99%:D) want to just get a route path into their GPS or Nav App and not do real Trip Planning. My contention has been that a full-featured Trip Planning should be able to do just that - but of course more if the user so wishes.

    My observation with mappite.org, and other apps like it, is that the lack of route path drag-n-drop can make this app frustrating and time consuming to use unless you know exactly where you want to go and where you will need to place your route-points in order for the app to correctly calculate your desired path. Aside from that major flaw, mappite.org and Furkot.com don't require any more effort or knowledge to generate a simple route path and export it to your device - although mappite.org requires an Export for each type of data you want: Route, Track or Waypoint.

    As for the pages and pages of "how to use it", to be fair, the vast majority of those user questions concern more than just how to create a simple route path and export it.
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    Since I like to experiment, I need the ability to import tracks and points from one app to the other. Mappite doesn't appear to have an import feature. And it looks like it stores maps in cookies or something on the local machine, so if I grab may tablet to travel, the maps aren't on it.
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  17. XR750

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    Question for the RIDE WITH GPS users: can you export a route to your phone and use with a free, off line turn by turn app, like google. Reading the plan features I didn't see a mention of save and export in the free plan.

    I just returned to riding last year and primarily do 300 mile +_ day loops out and back from home. This looks like a pretty simple way to create those type of routes
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  18. blackmouth

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    I'm absolutely new to this, and I stumbled across BRouter web client.
    http://brouter.de/brouter-web/
    It is extremely simple to use. I was able to make a route on my laptop and get it into an email to myself and into locus map showing up as a route in no time at all.

    Now I'm going to have a look at some other alternatives.
    And a hardy thanks to all of you who contribute so much to so many.
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  20. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    For this there is Locus. If you like to generate routes on the fly, locus is simply a monster for it.
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