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I am a complete newb and wondering if anyone has experience using the etrex 20 and whether this device is suitable for the divide?The eTrex 20 is as good as any. I have used the eTrex 30 for several years now—it is a workhorse of a GPS. Take a look at a comparison chart I posted earlier. It is two years old but still relevant given the units on the market today.
Also, is the 2015 version of the GDMBR route available and where could I find this file?The route is available on Adventure Cycling web site.
Thanks again, now I think this is my last question: can both the topo US 100k and the City Navigator NT (Open Street Maps) be saved in the Etrex and be called up separately as need requires of one or the other? Or for cycling just get the Open Street Maps and forget the other?Yes, you can have multiple maps, just make sure you have a large enough memory card to store both (probably 8GB+).
Hmm, ok so the eTrex doesn't work like a car GPS where all I do is enter an address or place of interest, etc and it develops a course of direction to follow...or does it and I'm simply misunderstanding?Yes, the eTrex 30, Edge Touring, & Cyclo will all develop the course to reach an address or point of interest. Be cautious about the type of courses they develop for you—they may not be on the safest bicycle roads.
The Garmin eTrex 30, will this unit have the same turn by turn readout like the Garmin Edge Touring Plus?When you load the unit with predefined tracks to follow on your tour, no, the eTrex 30 will not give turn prompts. The Edge will give turn prompts, however, they are not very reliable.
Or do I have to purchase an additional map to get that feature? If I have to purchase the map how much do they usually cost?Follow instructions posted earlier to load free Open Street Maps onto the unit.
The AdventureCycling GPX files are routes, not tracks.Routes or tracks format is besides the point. Tracks will just as well have identical display as routes when track points are spaced far apart. Which is the case for the majority of Adventure Cycling routes, causing the display to be in segments of straight lines, not exactly following the roads.
They are therefore quite useless for use in GPS, app or no app.The current route data will not give the exact route to follow. With paper map in hand, combined with GPS location in relation to route, will give a very good idea about location and next steps for navigation.
The most logical thing to do would be to get a Garmin Etrex 30, which runs on easily sourced AA batteries and download the ACA route waypoints to it.The eTrex 30 is a workhorse of a GPS (recommended earlier) with sturdy body, long battery life, and many functions that serve just about every activity. The price is also right, even when not on steep discount sale. More information was posted in comparison chart.
The error factor I read about came from this You Tube presentation and others commented agreed with the problems; see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHlLFHLvzjYThis video deals with errors in recording the data, which is rare, but does happen with all devices, sometimes because of thick tree & cloud covers, and mostly because of the recording intervals of the unit.
I was going to get the Garmin Edge Touring Plus but then started reading about how inaccurate it supposedly is, is this really the case?What measurement is this accuracy claim in reference to?
Then I started reading about the Magellan Cyclo 315 which on the surface seemed to have more detail about certain things like nearby bicycle shops, restaurants, and cyclo lanes that Garmin doesn't mention which I find odd since they both use the same OpenStreetMap.The Cyclo did find more service points near me compared with the Edge. It also has a convenient top category for bicycle shops. However, when I select that category in Boston, it does not find any bicycle shops!