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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:55:46 pm »
#1 priority would be to load the ACA gpx file on the phone and see it on a map with my current location to see if I'm on track. I'd be satisfied if I could only do this when I have an internet signal although it would be nice if I could do it with a GPS signal.
I read about the Maverick Pro app you reference. I also watched their instructions video. I do not find any options in it for loading custom GPX tracks.

I searched for other apps that can load GPX tracks. I found the following:

I have tried this on my iPhone with two apps. They both seem to work fine without data connection:
In both apps, I followed these steps:
  • Loaded multiple files into the app using a data connection
  • Turned off mobile data & WiFi
  • Navigated the route on the screen, even though in some sections the map was blank as the phone could not download the map data.

Can you try one of those apps? How does it work for you?

#2 priority would be to have the capability of storing some maps with gpx tracks offline.  I've got Maverick Pro and have imported the gpx files but can't see them when I go to the map.  :(
I am not sure how to do that, except trying to cache some maps in memory while using the apps listed for #1 above.

To view maps online, try map apps like TomTom, although this is designed for cars and does not overlay the GPX track.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Android App to view GDMBR gpx
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:33:36 pm »
What is it about those apps that did not "fit the bill"?

Is it mainly the offline capability? Many apps require internet connection to display the map. Without a data connection, they display the GPX route and your location on a black background without the map (unless some portion of it is already cached in memory). At least this is the case when I tested on iPhone. Does that work for you?

What other features are you looking for?

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GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 500 Battery Life
« on: May 28, 2013, 07:52:50 pm »
I plan on daily.

I turn my GPS on as soon as I start riding and keep it on all day, regardless of stops, rests, and side tours. I record them all.

Garmin states the battery life at 18 hours for the Edge 500. It may potentially last more than one day depending on your style of touring.

For me, since I use the unit for navigation, and I want to make sure to record all the trip data, I take it safe, charge it daily, and carry an extra USB backup battery.

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Can you try simulation now? How does it work?
It ran for a few miles, went into infinite-loop-at-the-interchange mode, and then crashed the GPSR.  I had to pull the batteries out of the unit to reset it.  I wasn't brave enough to try the Ride With GPS file  :-\
Ouch. That is brave enough.

Good luck on your trip.

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Gear Talk / Re: ACA & Smartphones
« on: April 24, 2013, 05:56:42 pm »
Currently, most of these discussions takes place on the GPS board, but we can see how things develop and create a new board if necessary.
I agree. Conversations in the GPS board will likely evolve and become more about Electronic Navigation or better yet eNavigation :)

Even GPS units are evolving. Already the Garmin Edge 810 has a bluetooth connection with the iPhone to exchange data, download routes, and send live tracking information.

At some point, a rename of the board may be in order.

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I am unable to run a simulation of the Ride With GPS route, as BaseCamp recognizes it as a track and not a route.  It will load onto the etrex, but I cannot run a simulation.
I do not believe that you have to use BaseCamp at all to use the two routes that I just gave you. Try this please:
  • Quit BaseCamp. Leave it out of the picture completely for this experiment.
  • Download the two routes I mentioned earlier: bcdemo & rwgdemo.
  • Connect the eTrex to your computer. A new storage device should appear in Finder.
  • Open that storage device.
  • Open the Garmin folder.
  • There should be a GPX folder in there already. Otherwise, look at the various folder and see which one has the routes from previous load you have made.
  • Copy the two files from above to this directory, GPX or otherwise.

Can you try simulation now? How does it work?

I'm going to have to take their word that this won't be a major issue when I am on the road, do my best to make the routes as accurate and stable as possible in BaseCamp before transferring them to the etrex, and then hope for the best!
Really? Can you try charting a route in BaseCamp near your house, load it, and go out for a ride to verify that the eTrex will behave as expected?

Can I safely delete these, as well as all of the routes which appear at the bottom of the scroll?  We have made this information redundant, correct?
Exactly, you got it.

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when I transfer the "Mod" file into the GPSR and run it in demo mode, it shows the straight-line, point-to-point route correctly.  When I recalculate the route and run the GPSR in simulation mode, it becomes confused at an interchange along the route and truncates the route.
This is strange. You mean that the route does not show following the road? Are you sure that you have loaded the City Navigator map onto your GPS? Remember that you need to transfer the maps from your computer to the GPS using Map Install.

Is it still giving you trouble?

Try using the files that I created just to be sure (all files will be there temporarily for 2–3 months after this post):

1.  What is the best, most simple way for me to save these modified routes to my Mac and then BaseCamp for transfer to the GPSR?
Once you have the routes on your Mac, drag & drop onto BaseCamp. In BaseCamp, create a new list and put all of them in it. That will make it easiest to export them.

2.  Once the route data has been massaged and loaded, how do I get the waypoint data (Point(s) of Interest only, with no routing data), loaded into the GPSR so that I can find campgrounds, etc.?  Will this be a process which parallels the route modification process?
Put all the waypoints that you want to use in a new list under My Collection. From there, export that list into a GPX file and copy it to the unit. Or transfer it directly from BaseCamp to the unit.

We can cover those two points in more detail once you have the routes mapped properly.

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GPS Discussion / Re: Cue Sheet for navigating Ride with GPS routes
« on: April 22, 2013, 06:17:48 pm »
Great. Thank you for the feedback.

Do you mind sharing your RWG TransAm route? I believe Greg was trying to map the same route, east to west, and struggling slightly. He can probably use your route as a baseline and edit it as needed for his needs.

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I was wanting to put the NA sd card onto a bigger sd card so I can add routes from the ACA maps and be able to toggle between whatever is on the bigger sd card without changing out sd cards while on my trip.  Is this possible?
Yes, you should be able to. There is no hidden code on the microSD card itself. There is though hidden code in the maps that allows you to only use them with the unit that they were unlocked for. You cannot transfer these maps to another unit and use them.

On Garmin web site, under the Accessories tab, it shows 4GB microSD card with SD adapter to be compatible with the GPSMAP 60CSx.

Hate to buy another version like a disc or download when I already have the N America maps on a micro sd card.
Think about using Open Source Maps. As I just upgraded to the Edge 810, I will not buy City Navigator maps for several reasons:
  • Online maps & mapping tools are far superior to BaseCamp.
  • OSM shows bicycle trails which are yet to be available on City Navigator.
  • OSM has worldwide coverage for visiting any region. Details vary for each country, but most have enough.
  • OSM is not locked with the GPS unit. I can use them with any and all GPS units that you have.
  • It costs $0 for each map set of each region that I want to bicycle in.
  • OSM is constantly updated. I can always download the latest. Free.

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 8)  8)  8) Cool cool cool.

I just got my Edge 810 as well—still playing with it. I look forward to exchanging experience with you.

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GPS Discussion / Cue Sheet for navigating Ride with GPS routes
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:14:24 am »
This is an Android phone app for navigating routes created with Ride with GPS route planner.

Alas, there is no iPhone version of it just yet. Those with Android phone, please post your feedback of this app. It is free unless you want the premium features.

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Gear Talk / Re: Rack mounted tail lights
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:01:00 am »
Take a look at this detailed review of tail lights that includes:
  • Cost
  • Brightness
  • Flash patterns
  • Battery life
  • Mounting mechanisms
  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of battery replacement
  • Special features

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I hacked away at this one for a while
Indeed that is tricky. It took a few tries to figure out how to make it take the correct route.

I thought if a picture tells a thousand words, then a video may tell a thousand pictures. I recorded the steps I took to manipulate the route. Note the following about the video:

  • Download the video to get higher quality images.
  • This video is for demonstration purposes only. I do not have the maps for that particular section nor do I know for sure what direction the route should follow. Please check it yourself when you are editing the route.
  • The video will be available for a limited time only. I will remove it after some time in 2–3 months from this posting.

Here are some key steps:
  • Edit the file from ACA as soon as I download it to remove the waypoints. I make two files: one for the waypoints and one just for the routes.I explained the steps earlier.
  • While editing the route in BaseCamp, some route points may be troublesome. I remove them.
  • Other route points, like the one you encountered, are troublesome, but we have to deal with them. I am not sure what is going on with the calculation there in BaseCamp. It took several tries to figure out the correct placement.
I continued to work on this route to finish it. I noticed that past Colonial Parkway, the route seemed to be going off-road on a trail. So I decided to try another approach with online maps. Where you have to deal with trails off-road, I do not know of a good way of dealing with that in BaseCamp. May be others on the forum do and can help.

I edited the route using Ride with GPS. I recorded another video with all the steps. The same notes about the video above apply here.

Here are some key steps:
  • RWGPS does not automatically import route points from ACA files to anchor the route.
  • Sprinkle the route with "anchor" route points as soon as you finish importing it. It does not matter yet that these points are not in the correct spot.
  • Nudge each anchor point, while adding others, to snap the route on the correct roads.
  • Switch to Bike Path view to view bike paths. This is how I got the route on a trail past Colonial Parkway. Note that the map does not distinguish paved versus dirt roads.

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 :)

As you see in the videos, after doing a couple of these, I hope it would only take 10–15 minutes per route.

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.

In the example above, I removed the waypoints immediately after I downloaded the route from ACA. None of the resulting files, therefore, had any waypoints.

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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.

In this case, force the route to take the correct road by adding your own route points. On a Mac in BaseCamp:
  • Position the map so you have a good view of the irregular section of the route
  • Select Tools from the menu bar
  • Select Selector
  • Hold the Option key on your keyboard
  • Click the route and drag it to the correct route
It should recalculate and hopefully position the route correctly. Otherwise, add one or two more points.

Remember that the number of these route points does not deplete your GPS capacity of adding waypoints. Therefore, you can add as many of them as you need (I suppose there is a limit, but I never reached it).

Back to your earlier point about the route showing as straight line on your GPS:
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.
  • Does it still behave the same?
  • Open the GPX file using Text Editor. Is it small with just the two route points, or does it have route details with plenty of coordinates?

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GPS Discussion / Re: Copilot Live
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:53:35 pm »
Please do post feedback about your experience with using the phone on a tour & this specific app.

Is this for use for continuous navigation or occasionally at certain intersections? For the former, I am curious how are are planning to manage using the phone in wet conditions, and keeping it supplied with battery power all day.

As for the app, please post some information about loading it with the GPX files, and how it navigates them. Did you use the GPX files as is or manipulate them? How? Looking at CoPilot manual, I did not see much information about importing GPX files. There were some discussions on forums, but did not find definite answers.

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