PA, MD, VA, WV Routes (Dirt Roads)

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by rob23, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Jaseun

    Jaseun Been here awhile

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    can someone point me to a faq or a primer on how to save routes/tracks? I have several garmins, a GPSmap60, streetpilot 2730 and a foretrex. I'm running mapsource 6.10.2

    I want to upload my own tracks/routes here. -Jason
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  2. FOXedupONE

    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    Topo has streets on it down to little FS roads and stuff. The only thing it will not do is autoroute and act like a regular car navigation system on your handheld. For that you do need City.
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  3. KnightofNi

    KnightofNi teh 1337 5uxx0r

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    i just import mine to mapsource and save as a .gpx file.


    thanks!
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  4. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario

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    + 1 more download for me. Opened directly into mapsource with double click on your linked gpx file but not when I first right clicked and save the gpx file.... Anyway, I will give these routes a try over the next several months, and some later this month on my WV Fall Tour with my big bro. I'm familiar with the paved in a lot of this area, and the Md Greenbriar forest area.

    QUESTION: Since GPX files don't retain route preferences how can I be sure my re-calculate captures YOUR route and not Garmins? My Garmin MapSource app as two route preference settings 1) calculate either 'faster time" or 'shorter distanct' and 2) "Road Preference" Prefer Minor Roads...............Prefer Highways.

    I assume I should set these to shorter distance and minor roads and your frequent waypoints will force my recalc to be very close to your route:dunno?

    Anyway, thanks a billion, it'll be awhile before I check all these out, but I have added them to the arsenal..

    :thumb
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  5. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

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    All my roues are built for "off-road" routing (even if it's on road) and I suggest you turn "auto calc" off. Setting these two options in the routing (ie: off-road and auto calc off) will ensure you ride the intended route.

    good luck!
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  6. Holden

    Holden Long timer

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    Great Routes!

    Did part of the WV loop the other weekend. Fun ride!
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  7. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet Great Scott!

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    I have done all of this, 'way 'way back in the late '80s,w/my XL600R, from Unadilla MX track, NY; with just pages torn out of each state DeLorme Atlas. When my brother and I rode Dave Coombs' Blackwater DualSport rides in the early '90s- he was waxing poetic about how good was the riding. I sez, I been trying to get ye down here for 5 years, yff, but ye won't believe me. [found burke's garden all by myself...]

    Sorry none of it is electronically documented; I am working on it.

    Part of advriding is the bumpy, heaved, crowned, tar-and-stone, township roads that make up the 'capillaries' of America.

    We always loved the 'Dushore" road, from Hollenbeck, PA to Dushore ,PA, on the tar twnshp road, as per the PA DOT map, no GPS: whatta roller-coaster ride, chasin' each other![he had an XT600.] We'd go back and do it again, just for fun.

    Back then: I had to go to the freaking local library to research the Dolly Sods, then I went out and found 'em. [Nat'l Forest maps helped, there.]

    'Same with VA16, between Tazewell and Hungry Mother.

    Now, from what I have read on this website, it's all much more well-known.

    Colorado, as most awesome riding as it is, is just different. When I can't get 'Out West,' [which is most years,] the Appalachians fulfill the need.

    Don't discount paper maps to get the bigger picture...

    :ricky
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  8. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    Here is another contribution to the PA dirt routes. This is part of a ride I did this summer. It goes from Whipple's Dam (close to State College) east to Laurelton. It is almost entirely dirt, and it is the actual track. There is at least one section that I went back and forth a bit trying to find a road, only to discover that it was closed at the time.

    View attachment Whipples Dam to Rt 325.gpx
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  9. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

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    Thanks! There are a ton of dirt roads along your tracks. How many of them are gated/avaiable to ride?

    I may have to update my PA route to include this area. Looks like you spend a lot of time noodeling around there.
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  10. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    Actually, most of them are open to the public most of the time. I am from Centre Hall originally, so I khow that area pretty well.
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  11. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    That would be Smith Mountain Rd. I thought I was the only one that knew about this road. :D
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  12. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Rob,
    For some reason I cant get the file. Can you email it to me ?
    Frank
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  13. hondahawkrider

    hondahawkrider DAMN Rider/Motardian

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    +1
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  14. Joshthemule

    Joshthemule Adventurer

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    I'm not able to get it either. Can you send it my way or check the attached file. thx
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  15. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

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    I included some loops through Michaux/Catoctin (sp?) Forest and Greenridge Forest. Also, included a stop at the Willow Hill ORV Campground (home of the Oxbow Harescrambles).

    Note: In PA especially, some roads may be gated or off-limits to bikes (but quads are allowed, go figure) so if you ride these routes please record your tracks and waypoints for good roads and gated roads, please email me this info.

    You can download the latest file here:
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  16. NittanyRider

    NittanyRider Walking Contradiction

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  17. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

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    thanks,
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  18. FOXedupONE

    FOXedupONE Long timer

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    Cool routes!
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  19. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    Well I live down in VA ... I will check these out. A bunch of us heading to Snoeshoe soon I will check you WV routes.


    PB
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  20. Wiggus

    Wiggus Hell's Poser

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