new adv rider- using gps with locations

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by markgrolex, Sep 2, 2017.

  1. markgrolex

    markgrolex Adventurer

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    I am seasoned dual sport guy using rolls charts- haha
    But new to ADV rides! and using a GPS to navigate
    Just got bike and getting a Zumo 595

    Ill do my first ride end of month Shenandoah 500.
    How does it get the locations loaded ?
    Do they post it online somewhere
    DO they load it into GPS for riders at the actual event

    How does this typically work to get the routes on your GPS ?
    is it done by USB or SIM card
    Anything I need to buy with that GPS like memory card etc - thx for advice
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    got any extra roll charts to share ? HMM? please ? :)

    sorry, you're in for a world of hurt with that garmin adventure you're starting on.
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  3. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Contact ride organizers for how they provide route.
    What I have seen in past is bring GPS and its USB cable and ride organizers usually have location near the event table/tent where they load route for you.
    Have an empty,formatted data card available for your device too,in case they go that way.8 Gb should be more than enough.

    JR356
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  4. markgrolex

    markgrolex Adventurer

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    Ok I got an email today with a gpx file
    I downloaded it to my computer then dragged it to a folder on my 595 that was called GPX
    is that correct so far ?
    now in nav unit I clicked apps and then tracks and see a few listed
    is it that simple I click on that and it will map the way ?
    any other tips
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  5. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    You've got it.

    In year's past, all the ride has been on forest roads. As such, you can run either Routes (which will give you turn by turn directions), or you can run tracks (which would be "technically" more accurate if they happen put a shaping point at the wrong interval.

    It's an easy and fun area to ride. You will be fine!
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  6. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    Pay attention to settings on the Nav like "avoid toll roads" and "faster route" "north up for orientation" if anything like the SD routes I loaded on my Zumo for ORV trails, if you don't follow the instructions provided with the mapping app for your Garmin the route will often send you in a loop, recalculate, re-routes etc. Especially if they created a route from tracks.
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