ZUMO vs. Track files?!?!?!?!?!?! PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida' started by Ooobah-Moto, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

    Jan 16, 2007
    Toronto / London
    In preparation of sending a GPX file out to everyone who plans on participating in the upcoming RallyRaid Ontario event, those with Garmin Zumo's will need something other than TRACKS.

    As such, could someone with a Zumo let me know what works best for you?

    Waypoints or Routes!?

    For example, if I were to send you a route, would your Zumo recalculate it or would the integrity of the original route remain intact?!

    Case in point, one of the reason's I don't use routes, often times the terrain covered on a specified route crosses area's where roads don't exist. The Zumo's like to recalculate the route using existing roads.
  2. rob23

    rob23 on the pipe

    Dec 29, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    I don't have a Zumo but try to turn Auto Calc off on your GPS and navigation should be set to off-road. This way if the road or trail isn't on the map you'll still route accordingly.

    Create a test file in MapSource

    Create a direct route (no base map needed)

    Set Use Direct Routing
    Edit > Preferences > Routing tab > Use Direct Routing > ok

    Use Route tool to create a route. Start with a simple route around your town. Have the route go over your front yard or somewhere else off the road. Place the viapoint on the inside of each turn. If you want the route to be bi-directonal put the viapoint on the inside and outside of each turn.

    Now, download route to gps, set up your gps with Auto Calc = off and Naviation = off-road.

    You should be good to go. Good luck and post some detailed Zumo instructions so I can help others with that type of gps at the events I help host.
  3. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

    Feb 16, 2004
    Peachtree City, GA and Full Time RV Travel
    I don't own a Zumo, but I've followed some of the threads on them.

    I thought there had been firmware updates along the way that allowed them to load saved tracks? Is this not the case?

    If not, definitely check into GPSbabel that will allow you to convert tracks or whatever into routes. Makes things like that a cinch.

    Having just navigated the TAT from TN to OK, I do have to say having the tracks to follow was very nice. Our 376/478 handled this very nicely too.
  4. hojo in sc

    hojo in sc Long timer

    Oct 4, 2007
    As far as I know (the last time I asked Garmin, which has been a few months) the Zumo can NOT load tracks, they must be converted into a route. For me, what I would do is look at the Tracks, then make my own route by drawing it (on Mapsource).