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I will try my best to walk through loading the files step by step. Send me some feedback what is working & what is not.

The steps below are using BaseCamp v4.1.1 on Mac computer.

  • Connect your Garmin GPS unit to the computer. It should now appear as an external storage drive. Two drives may appear in case you have an SD card inserted in the unit.
  • Back in BaseCamp software, filter My Collection to routes:
    • Select My Collection
    • In the box at the bottom left corner of the screen, locate the "gear" symbol next to the title My Collection
    • Select the gear symbol
    • Select View Detailed Data List from the menu
    • Select Routes from the menu of choices at the top
  • Locate the route or routes you want to load on the unit. You can also select all. For a start to keep it simple and check that it worked, choose two or three. For example, from the first Great Divide file GD01V009.gpx select the first three routes: M011A1, M011A2, and M011A3.
  • Right-click on the three routes.
  • Select Send to Device from the menu.
  • Choose to transfer the routes only or with their waypoints. The choice depends on how you want to manage the route. I leave this as a separate discussion to review separately. For the purpose of this discussion, choose routes only without waypoints. It does not make a difference to the result.
  • Once the transfer is complete, quit BaseCamp and eject your GPS unit properly. This will make sure all the data was transferred.
  • Voilà. The files should now be on your GPS unit.
Turn on your GPS unit and look for the routes. Do you find all three routes? Try the same with more routes. Do you see them all?

Exactly how did you load the routes from MapSource to 62s?

Try any and all of the following:
  • Use BaseCamp. MapSource is discontnued. The last update was from more than two years in October 2010.
  • Load files manually from your computer to the 62s. From BaseCamp or MapSouce, save a GPX file of each route. Then copy the files onto a folder called "GPX" on the 62s.
  • Copy routes without their waypoints.
    • In MapSource or BaseCamp, for each route, choose to "recalculate" that route. Then save it as GPX, and copy as in step 2 above.
    • Otherwise, when you do a transfer from within MapSource or BaseCamp, select only the "routes" option. This should not use any of waypoints memory on the GPS unit. Of course you can then use that memory to load points of interests for hotels, restaurants, and others.
    • Review the route after you "recalculate" it to make sure it is still following the intended route. Otherwise, adjust manually or revert to straight lines between route points.
Does any of this work?

Gear Talk / Re: Rack mounted tail lights
« on: April 06, 2013, 11:08:04 pm »
Another favorite that includes a rack bracket is PDW RADBOT 1000.

Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:21:13 pm »

GPS Discussion / Garmin Connect offers heat maps
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:05:48 pm »

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!

Urban Cycling / MOVED: Modolo Dumbo Bars ....
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:16:54 pm »

GPS Discussion / Re: best way to get use a Garmin 800 for cc trip
« on: January 02, 2013, 11:01:53 pm »
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.

GPS Discussion / Re: best way to get use a Garmin 800 for cc trip
« on: January 02, 2013, 10:54:49 pm »
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.

OSM seem to be also the source for Velo Maps.

The ACA GPS map data are just that: routes and points of interest. Use them with any of the maps above.

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.

I found these charging options serve dual purpose to charge the phone as well.

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.

Many web sites offer using Google Maps to display & route on bicycle trails. In this case, make sure to export the route with detailed route points (bread crumbs), not just way points.

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.

GPS Discussion / Re: New Oregon 450 & Topo 100K
« on: December 12, 2012, 09:44:06 am »
Your experience is correct with the current map releases:
  • Topo 100k does not provide route calculation. See product feature that it "Contains roads, trails and highways in metropolitan and rural areas" without mention of the key word "routable". Meanwhile, I had posted earlier instructions for use of free Open Street Maps.
  • Topo 24k does provide route calculation. See example Southeast route from Garmin. It "Contains routable roads, trails and highways in metropolitan and rural areas".

GPS Discussion / Re: Google maps vs garmin GPS
« on: December 10, 2012, 09:44:05 pm »
The iPad certainly has some advantages:
  • Map browsing on a larger screen for route navigation & plan adjustment
  • Multi-purpose tool for email, blogs, camera, Skype, and other communications
While a dedicated GPS unit has other advantages:
  • Long battery life that, for most units, lasts at least a full day with continuous navigation at every turn
  • Pre-determined routes & points of interest that you can store in advance of the trip
There are many apps out there to make the iPad better for navigation (check out EveryTrail), and battery accessories.

My choice for now is a dedicated GPS unit + iPhone.

GPS Discussion / Re: Topo US 100K loads slow to computer & SD card
« on: December 07, 2012, 09:31:03 pm »
I never loaded entire maps, so cannot compare with your experience. Do you really need to? I choose the regions around my intended route, and a bit more for detours. On one 4GB SD card, I have portions of Topo, CN North America, & CN Europe.

I do find it strange that Garmin support did not agree to copying the file from one SD card to another. All it is an image file—I am not aware of any hidden files behind it. I have copied it before with no problems. Give it a try.

GPS Discussion / Re: Topo US 100K, what date is current?
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:21:04 am »
I have the same which seems to be the latest that Garmin issued.

The web site has three versions for sale:
I think the later releases are simply in a new format of the same content. They all indicate the same version 4.0.

Yes, you will be able to load both topo & City Navigator, at least partially.

There are two options:

  • Load maps to the internal memory of the unit: the capacity is 850MB. It may not seem much, but you will be surprised how much it holds. For example, I have loaded my Edge 705 with City Navigator & Topo for all of New England + NY for less than 400MB. Make sure you leave some space for your data: log files, routes, etc.
  • Otherwise, add an micro SD card to the unit: 4GB should be enough and 8GB should be plenty. With this option, you will be able to load the full map sets for both City Navigator & topo for the US.

In both cases, it is better to purchase the maps on disc or download from Garmin to install from the computer. You can pick & choose to load the entire map set, or portions of it.

There is also the option of 450t, which has tho topo maps already loaded. You then have all the remaining 850MB for City Navigator, trip log history, routes, & other data.

I have a few more questions:
  • Can you send Check-In/OK? Do your contacts receive them?
  • To Track Progress, do you press and hold the Track Progress button until it blinks green?
  • Do you see the GPS and Message Sending lights blinking green for approximately 15 seconds when sending Track Progress messages?
  • Do any of the lights blink red?

Do you have the "tracking" subscription? This is separate from the standard annual subscription.

Tracking Progress is $50/year more.

For domestic travel, check out Find my Friends app on iPhone & Google Latitude.

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