The Making of a Cross Canada Route

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Deadly99, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    OK, I thought I'd read somewhere that there was some kind of Bluetooth dongle. That's not a deal breaker anyway, more of a nice to have thing.
  2. OldManJoris

    OldManJoris Rider

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    If you will go for the montana, you can find up to date and free maps here:

    http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    All free, global coverage, up-to-date. There's a FAQ and manual as well.
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  3. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    And of course the GPS forum on here will give you all kinds of info
  4. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Yes, of course, I apologize for the hijack. I've been reading on there but they get really technical, really quickly.
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    That's ok, this thread has been hijacked before:lol3
  6. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    I read one ride report a little while back, in which one guy blasted thru the Thunder Bay to Kenora section in one day, using only a smart phone and open source maps to navigate. I've been using hardcopy Backroad Mapbooks to navigate... very interesting the difference switching to GPS. Less stopping to figure things out. Good idea IMO to still bring the hardcopy BRMBs along.
  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    I'd recommend against the 64, USB power isn't durable enough for on a moto IMHO. Go either newer, Montana or older 60, 76 or 78. Those three have the robust power connector. 78 can handle many more tracks than either the 60 or 76 but if you have an Android smartphone than is USBHost (aka OTG) capable there is an app than can transfer tracks on/off.
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  8. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    I am near sighted like Cowgirl. No issues reading the screen riding with sunglasses on with my Montana. Having to be sunlight readable was one of the dealbreakers when I bought the Montana.
    One of the big plusses with using a GPS over hard copy maps, especially following a route like the TCAT is the GPS KEEPS TRACK OF WHERE YOU ARE AT . When you diverge from the track you are following(get lost) you can see your track diverge from the route and correct things before going really badly wrong!
    JJ
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  9. jackalsour

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    If it's a 60 in your attic how much do you want for it? :ear I'm afraid mine will die before Garmin makes something better
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    jackalsour Dreamer

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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    4" snow in Fort Mac today, might be a late season for the TCAT by the look of the weather across the country
  12. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Ya, my driveway is so bad the only way through is by 4X4 or quad!
    jj
  13. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    Save your money and use your phone or buy a cheap 2nd phone.
    Bigger screen, easier to use.
    I've use mine for the last couple years. No cell reception required! Loads GPX tracks fine. Will also connect via Bluetooth. Maps are free. I use Locus App off road OSMAND on road ( & Google maps if cell reception ).
    I use a Samsung Galaxy S5 in Lifeproof case. And yes, it survives crashes. ..alot. ...
    More here;
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/936814/

    Bob
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  14. tuscan

    tuscan Been here awhile

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    Hey BkerBobber
    I don't want to derail this thread, but with Locus App can you define routes offline on stored maps on the device? In my view, it is essential to be able to do this planning when away from a PC on a trip? PM me if you want. - I'd be grateful for the advice.
    Cheers
  15. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Click on the link Bob provided, lots of info and will answer all your questions. ohgood in that thread gives lots of examples of route planning, mostly offroad but also onroad, done on his phone in minutes. No computer necessary.

    Another good thread on OSMAnd, will let you do your on phone route planning
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/osmand-osmand.997618/
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    tuscan Been here awhile

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    :thumb
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  17. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  18. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Very cool, thanks for posting that. Finally gov 't $$$ spent on something useful.
  19. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    We rode some of the Island sections on the weekend, the first section north from Sayward has a temp closure do to blasting... This didn't really matter as the next section through upper Adams is still snowed in and impassable, we had to turn around about 15 km from the pass summit so there is still a bit of melting to happen before one can get through..
  20. Lurkerlou

    Lurkerlou Been here awhile

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    Very late spring this year in BC. Sadly.