This is a great step in the right direction of using all the data they have been collecting. The coverage is starting in certain areas while expanding to others.
It color codes routes by usage frequency.
How cool is that!
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Beware if you get hold of older versions of the USA Topo maps, routing does not seem to work properly for some states.Note earlier discussion that even current Topo 100k v4 does not support routing, while Topo 24k does.
1. Which maps do you recommend? Garmin's City Maps, Velo Maps, or Adventure Cycling's GPS map data?I use Garmin City Navigator. Unless you already have purchased maps, invest a few minutes testing Open Source Maps. There are detailed instructions on how to install them. Read the rest of the post for some notes about these maps.
2. If anyone has done a long trip with the 800, how often did you need to charge it? And how did you go about it?I have toured with the Edge 705, charging it nightly. It comfortably worked all day, close to 12 hours. I charge it from electric outlet when available, or one of the battery charging options suggested earlier.
3. Did you set up a trip using Basecamp or anything like that?Basecamp is one option to use, especially with Garmin City Navigator maps. There are plenty of web sites for charting routes, such as Ride With GPS, GPSies, and Map My Ride.
4. Overall, how accurate were the maps?I think where the data exists, the maps I used have been accurate. I did find some misalignment when I tested OSM maps, but that was easy to recognize.
5. Would you recommend that 800? I love it as a cycling computer.You already have the unit—give it a try. It is small, light, & familiar to you.
What about the waypoint names? Do you rename them? What if we rename them over time?[/li][/list]I have no preference for waypoint names. For my purposes, you may name them and change the names as you wish.
KML? Maybe, if enough members want it for bicycle navigation, this would be worth spending staff time (=money) on.The request here is for open & accessible format. For those interested in KML, there are plenty of tools out there that would convert from GPX—no need to spend any of ACA time or money. That will only work if the GPX file is structured properly.
consider taking a wiki approach to the data and allow users to rate, comment, and flag waypoints.I like that Chris, something along the lines of waymarking.com or some other location based services. Download the the desired points to the GPS, view on the web, or view on a mobile device. Brilliant.