Route vs Track Question for BDR GPS Files

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by mdlafferty, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. mdlafferty

    mdlafferty Adventurer

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    I received GPS files for the Washington, Oregon and Idaho Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) trip I will be doing in 2 weeks. Washington and Idaho came as track files. Oregon came as route files.

    I haven't worked with route files before and was planning to convert the Oregon route files to track files using Garmin Basecamp before loading into my GPS. The reason is because I am familiar with track files. Is that a dumb idea?
    How will the route file perform differently than a track file while I am riding? Will the route change by itself and send me down the freeway?
    I looked through this forum but could not find info to answer my question.
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  2. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I would strongly recommend converting the route files to track files.

    You might be able to use the route files for navigation, but IMHO unless you are a world class expert in using routes, you will run into problems.

    One is that if you get off the route and don't have the correct autorouting option set, the gps unit will compute a new route and possibly obliterate a portion of your existing route.
    There are several other problems that can occur like having too many route points, etc. that you don't find out about until you are in the middle of the ride.
    At least this has been my experience.

    You do get turn-by-turn directions with routes. If you decide to use the routes, you should also have the tracks loaded on the gps unit as a backup.
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  3. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    For anything like this use tracks
    follow the lil blue line.
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  4. mdlafferty

    mdlafferty Adventurer

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    wbbnm...Thanks .
    I will convert to tracks.

    DaMonk45... Yes GPS tracks make riding so easy. No more stopping at each crossroad and breaking out the paper map. Just focus on the pleasure of riding.
    (Until the track directs you to a blocked road!!)
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  5. GF-kam

    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    Tracks my friend. City Navigator NT method of navigation will get your very confused when you're in the middle of nowhere. The algorithm will try to navigate you back to some recognizable state hwy. or road. Best to use Tracks. One idea is to get something like gpsKevin maps that let you overlap a chevron map. So, you can use anything as simple as Garmin nuvi. Bottom line is Tracks is best when in remote backcountry. Good luck.
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  6. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    But without a U turn at a bridge, washed out road, farmers gate, DEEP water
    is it really an adventure?
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    GF-kam Been here awhile

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    mdlafferty,

    Make sure you check the latest updates on closures ( ID BDR ) due to fires and washes. Just up to recently there were three closures. The one just south of Lowman, ID and north of Clark Fork, ID look like long terms ones. The one just south of Wallace, ID was due to fires look open again. Anyhow, check both the BDR website and the BDR Forum.

    I am planning to be on the route myself sometime next couple of weeks.
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