I'm getting closer and closer to my trip and can't believe I'm still struggling with this.I assume you have the paper maps, correct? They should be your primary source for navigation. Meanwhile, we shall find a way to get you some GPS navigation that will help you.
The current GPX file formats you are downloading are indeed due for an upgrade. In fact, Adventure Cycling is rolling out improved digital navigation formats. They are being put to the test on the Northern Tier this year.
I've attached a zipped file of the route exported.I found the following in the file you sent me:
- It still contains waypoints. In the video instructions I posted earlier, the first step was to remove the waypoints. Otherwise, they will take memory from your device and confuse the route.
- The route does follow roads, only not the intended ones. It spikes in and out of the main route. In the video I show how to move the route points slightly to match the intended route per the paper map.
- This sample file is not for TransAmerica route. This is from Atlantic Coast route Section 4 near Suffolk, VA. The video instructions to download and edit the TransAmerica, including reversing it to go east to west as will be your first leg of the tour.
The alternate option is to use these digital files almost as is, with little manipulation. They will remain as straight lines. You will not receive turn prompts. However, when you look at them on the device, you will remain fairly close to the line, giving you some assurance that you are on the right route.
Do you prefer to go with this easier option? Or do you want to give the routes another try?
Once we finish with the route, we will set you up with the campgrounds. They should be much easier to manage.