I hacked away at this one for a while
Indeed that is tricky. It took a few tries to figure out how to make it take the correct route.
I thought if a picture tells a thousand words, then a video may tell a thousand pictures. I recorded the steps I took to manipulate the route
. Note the following about the video:
- Download the video to get higher quality images.
- This video is for demonstration purposes only. I do not have the maps for that particular section nor do I know for sure what direction the route should follow. Please check it yourself when you are editing the route.
- The video will be available for a limited time only. I will remove it after some time in 2–3 months from this posting.
Here are some key steps:
- Edit the file from ACA as soon as I download it to remove the waypoints. I make two files: one for the waypoints and one just for the routes.I explained the steps earlier.
- While editing the route in BaseCamp, some route points may be troublesome. I remove them.
- Other route points, like the one you encountered, are troublesome, but we have to deal with them. I am not sure what is going on with the calculation there in BaseCamp. It took several tries to figure out the correct placement.
I continued to work on this route to finish it. I noticed that past Colonial Parkway, the route seemed to be going off-road on a trail. So I decided to try another approach with online maps. Where you have to deal with trails off-road, I do not know of a good way of dealing with that in BaseCamp. May be others on the forum do and can help.
I edited the route using Ride with GPS
. I recorded another video with all the steps
. The same notes about the video above apply here.
Here are some key steps:
- RWGPS does not automatically import route points from ACA files to anchor the route.
- Sprinkle the route with "anchor" route points as soon as you finish importing it. It does not matter yet that these points are not in the correct spot.
- Nudge each anchor point, while adding others, to snap the route on the correct roads.
- Switch to Bike Path view to view bike paths. This is how I got the route on a trail past Colonial Parkway. Note that the map does not distinguish paved versus dirt roads.
Additionally, after doing just a couple of routes/map panels, it seems that the entire project could take nearly as long as the ride itself.
Wow, you must be really fast on the bicycle
As you see in the videos, after doing a couple of these, I hope it would only take 10–15 minutes per route.
Is there a way for me to determine whether or not the route data I am working with has already been stripped of unnecessary waypoints?
Indeed. Just open the file using a text editor. Waypoints are indicated with <wpt>
tags in the file.
In the example above, I removed the waypoints immediately after I downloaded the route from ACA. None of the resulting files, therefore, had any waypoints.