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Their aren't detailed roads because I have it without detail on the slider bar to show more of the route.
The screen capture still only shows the base map of BaseCamp. It does not look like you are using the CityNavigator map. From the menu bar, under Maps, what map options do you have? I think it is "Global Map".

Regardless, with your current setup as it shows on the screen, where the route is a collection of straight lines, the GPS device will not prompt you at turns. You will need to use CityNavigator maps (or alternate routable maps) with BaseCamp as you follow the steps I outlined earlier.

I'm having trouble finding the waypoints for campgrounds on the map with relationship on the GPS route. How do I identify them?
In the bottom left of screen capture you sent, you see the list of routes with a bicycle symbol next to each. The campgrounds should be on that list with a tent symbol next to them. Do you not see that? They should be there in the original GPX file you downloaded from Adventure Cycling web site.

Canada / Re: Nova Scotia to Boston
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:37:14 pm »
Where are you starting your ride?

I think the ferry from Portland will take you to Yarmouth. Are you then crossing back to Bar Harbor, ME? You can pick up the Atlantic Coast route all the way back to Boston.

Test a route in your neighborhood in advance of your tour to make sure you have the GPS device set up the way you want it.

Here are two main things I'm looking for...

1. Turn by turn instructions
2. Campgrounds, etc to be displayed

You found the right post to help you with these two goals.

In the images 1 & 2 that you have, I do not see detailed roads. Are you using City Navigator with BaseCamp? In image 2, I see the route as a group of straight lines, which is not following the road. To get turn prompts, you need to have the route follow the road, as discussed in detail with sample videos.

For campgrounds, yes, the GPS can chime as you are approaching the camp site, and display it on the screen. You need to set a proximity alarm for it though. Follow these steps (using BaseCamp 4.2.4 on Mac OSX 10.9.2):
  • Make sure you have all the campgrounds created as Waypoints in BaseCamp
  • Select some or all the Waypoints for these campgrounds
  • From the menu, select Edit > Get Info
  • In the properties window, Select Advanced
  • Enter the alarm distance in the Proximity field
  • Copy or export the waypoints to your device

GPS Discussion / Help Us Improve Digital Map and Data Offerings
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:45:09 am »
The Routes & Mapping staff of Adventure Cycling have started a program to improve its offering of digital data and maps that will help with navigation using GPS and mobile devices using:
  • Higher resolution tracks that follow roads & trails. They will offer a clear representation of the routes to follow with little or no processing after downloading it from our library.
  • Digital copies of our popular paper maps that are tagged with their geographic location. On compatible GPS & mobile devices, you can see your location on the maps.
Would you like to help us test these new digital products along the Northern Tier Route? Learn more about the program & apply at Geopoints Bulletin announcement.

GPS Discussion / Re: City Navigator does not follow signed bike routes
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:22:10 am »
I think you are making the best of what you have.

Here are some options to consider:
  • Have the unit correct itself with Automatic Routing turned on. As you ride, take those roads that have bicycle signs on them. The unit will recalculate the route to make sure you are still going in the general direction of your destination. This will not be most optimal route, but will improve on earlier selection.
  • Supplement the first option with another map on smart phone or paper map. Use this other map to get a general idea of the best routes back home. Take these routes as you ride. The unit will recalculate to give you detailed routing & turn prompts, while making sure you ultimately reach your destination.
  • Change the map set. Download OpenFietsMap map sets for example. These are free. You can just experiment with them. I understand that Garmin is using them, or some version of them, on their Edge Touring unit.

GPS Discussion / Re: City Navigator does not follow signed bike routes
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:24:45 pm »
Are you trying to create routes while on a trip or in advance?

What are you using to create the routes? Is that on the GPS unit itself or BaseCamp?

General Discussion / Re: Vermont - Independent Support Companies
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:00:10 pm »
Take a look at Revelate Designs for various frame, seat, & handlebar bag options.

GPS Discussion / Re: Possible to carry all USA maps (GPS)
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:37:52 am »
Once you have downloaded the OSM, how long is the compile process (for garmin device) and is it fully automatic?
No compilation process. You download OSM in IMG file. You copy it to the unit. It just works. Magic! Review my earlier post and another from BikingBrian for download instructions.

You are making a good choice with the Edge Touring. Once you have it, play with it and come back to this forum to share your experience with this new unit.

GPS Discussion / Re: Possible to carry all USA maps (GPS)
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:54:21 pm »
I like to record all aspects of my trips including performance, temperatures, split times, etc.

I have the Edge 510—see my earlier comments about this powerful little thing. I use it with just about all my activities: hike, run, bicycle, paddle, & walk in the park.

GPS Discussion / Re: Possible to carry all USA maps (GPS)
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:02:23 am »
To confirm, once I have the Garmin device (hopefully edge touring) and copied the maps over
The Garmin Edge Touring device already come with "preloaded Garmin Cycle Map". These are based on Open Source Map.

It may only have maps of your regions, if you are outside the US. In that case, you will need to add the US maps.

(providing I can pick up signal)?
I cannot think of any place in the United States where you cannot pick up the signal, rain or shine, unless you are in a cave. It will take a few minutes when you first turn on the device to locate the satellites.

There are no subscriptions or any other associated costs?
Correct, GPS signal is courtesy of paid taxes ;)

GPS Discussion / Re: Possible to carry all USA maps (GPS)
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:36:03 am »
All the areas I looked at in Northeast USA seems to be well mapped. Check the map for the areas you are interested in directly at

I recommend minimum 4GB SD memory card, preferably 8GB. The file size I used last was close to 3.5GB. I would leave extra for additional files to store on the card.

GPS Discussion / Re: Possible to carry all USA maps (GPS)
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:36:21 pm »
Yes to all of the above. In fact, Garmin is now shipping Edge Touring model with OSM.

Take a look at earlier discussion for instructions and test results.

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:41:56 pm »
The recommendation above from SlowAndSlower should work with a text editor. That would be the way I do it as well.

Another option is to use Garmin's BaseCamp software:
  • Open the GPX file in BaseCamp
  • You will notice the file contains waypoints and routes. The routes are usually at the bottom of the list
  • Select each route and "Create Track from Route"
  • Once you have the tracks, select all of them and select to "Join Tracks"
  • Export or save the final track
This option gives you the opportunity to edit the route in the software while you are at it.

Note that "Tracks" are different from "Routes" in GPX language, especially with Garmin, as there are limits to each. In general Tracks work more universally and reliably. Routes are more suitable for devices with maps to give navigation prompts.

You can convert between both as you need.

GPS Discussion / Re: GPX file splits when uploading
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:18:58 pm »
Any clues on how to resolve this?
What is it you are trying to do?

For each ACA Route, there are multiple GPX files, each file contains multiple sections.

Have you found an alternative to Google Latitude
  • With Find my Friends, the iPhone locator is always on. I exchange location with a few close family & friends. They know my location at any time.
  • While on a ride, I always use Garmin Live Track with the Edge 510:
    • The data is updated constantly showing accurate location at all times. I find other apps to lag behind in showing the location and tend to be slow in retrieving the information.
    • Live Track shows the route taken along with other information about the ride such as speed, distance, and elevation.
    • Minimum impact on battery. In a test I did a few weeks ago, while temperature was hovering around freezing, after three hours of riding, with normal use of phone for a few text messages, phone call, etc, including Live Track, the iPhone 5s was still at 55%. Other apps drain the battery much quicker as they use the phone GPS. During that test, as soon as I turned the phone GPS on, the battery drained fully in about 40 minutes.
  • Life360. I have not used it but read recommendations about it.
The app store shows many options when searched for "share location".

Please share other options that you find.

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