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I hacked away at this one for a whileIndeed that is tricky. It took a few tries to figure out how to make it take the correct route.
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
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.
The route section and name causing the trouble is J0CE90- the very first route westbound beginning in Yorktown. Specifically, the first oddity is the routing (westbound) between J0C9N0 and J0C9L0, via J0C9M0 (which is skipped and left hanging out as an eastward-deviating spur from J0C9L0). The route should, according to the ACA map, continue down Colonial Parkway, but instead heads down what I believe is CR 5.I think I understand what is happening. Note my earlier recommendation in this thread to examine the route for any irregularities after recalculation.
I plotted out a driving route on BaseCamp using a beginning and ending destination. It gave me driving directions. When I loaded this into the GPSR, it drew a straight line between the two points.Try exporting the route as GPX file and load manually onto the unit.
I spent 45 minutes on the phone with Garmin support today (very friendly, patient, and helpful), but even they were unable to explain exactly why their program processes the ACA data the way that it does, at least not without becoming more familiar with the data itself.What is the route section & name that is causing trouble? Give me some more information. I can download it and take a look.
I intend to use an etrex 30 for the Trans Am, traveling east-west. I have the very latest version of City Navigator loaded onto the GPSR, and use BaseCamp to correspond with the GPSR and load into it the ACA GPS data.I assume you also have City Navigator in BaseCamp as well, no?
The etrex 30 has the capacity for 200 routes and 2000 waypoints. Can I now use the waypoint capacity for the information unrelated to routing, e.g. hotels, campgrounds, etc.?Exactly. You should be able to use the full waypoint capacity for points of interest. The route should not take any of that capacity. Here is a trick (using BaseCamp v4.1.1 on Mac Computer):
If so, how do I do this, and how will it display as I am rolling down the road? Do I have to go into the menu of the GPSR and search through "camgrounds", or will they display automatically as I pass near them?
More generally, is this a way to work around the 2000 waypoint capacity limitation of (in this case) the etrex, eliminating the need for a mid-continent reload of the data necessary to complete the Trans Am?It should, assuming you have fewer than 2,000 waypoints along the route.
With the routes loaded, does the GPSR care that I am traveling east-west rather than west-east?Yes, it does care. It follows the route points sequentially. Make sure the routes are in the direction of your travel.
Will the turn-by-turn instructions and proximity alarms function identically regardless of my direction of travel, or do I need to reverse the route in BaseCamp and reload it into the GPSRProximity alarm to waypoints as we set them up above should work regardless of how you are traveling.
Also, will the routes follow each other consecutively, or will I need to select a new route when I have completed the one immediately preceding it (For me, JOCE90 is followed by JOCE70. Will I need to prompt the GPSR to kick off JOCE7O?).Indeed, you need to select one route after the other manually. The GPS will not move from one to the next automatically.
I have spent hours working with the etrex and BaseCamp, as well as searching this forum and watching online videos, and still can't seem to grasp quite how this system of navigation is supposed to work.Great. This is the way to do it. Take the GPS on bike rides, hikes, & even car trips. Get a feel for its prompts, routing, display options, & battery life. Learn how to plan a route and then navigate it. Come back to this forum to share your experience & ask questions.
Since the 705 only holds 100 waypoints, I had to manually enter each and every waypoint that I deemed useful along my route.Do you need to enter waypoints for the route?
When I go to routes it shows the route but it's backwards, in other words I need to scroll down to the bottom to get to the first route, not sure why this is and can't seem to change it, any ideas?
It would be cool if the route was on a topo map so you could see lakes, rivers, etc.
Right now it is in no specific order, not even alphabetical, appears to be random #'s that do coincide with the route numbers.
Also the file extension coming from ACA is gdb not gpx.I am puzzled by your question about the GDB file from ACA. Where did you get them from? As far as I can see, all the GPS files on ACA web page are indeed GPX files. This is how I get them: