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Mapsource Files, MPS & GPX

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DonWulff:
Here's a simple solution.

I couldn't use MapSource to load GPX files from my Garmin NUVI 3490 via USB---I got the "No error occurred" message from MapSource.  So, I copied the GPX file from the NUVI to a directory on my hard drive, and then tried to open it with MapSource.  It worked.  I am using MapSource version 6.16.3

Fred Hiltz:

--- Quote from: AlanLowry on March 04, 2011, 10:12:30 am ---... After I import the ACA gpx files into Basecamp, I can then copy/paste the resulting waypoints and routes from Basecamp into Mapsource.

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Hah! the Nuvis is supposed to act like any other mass storage device, but give this and the evidence from Don Wulff, it does not. Good detective work, gents.

Fred

AdventureRide:
Fred - I'm so confused.  My wife and I are planning a transcontinental ride on ACA routes for Spring '13.  We've used a Garmin Edge for tours of up to 2 weeks by creating our daily routes using one of the mapping sites like RideWithGPS or MapMyRide.  Reading forum posts and what I know first hand about the Edge, it appears that it is not a suitable GPSR for our transcon.
So, we're looking for that dedicated GPSR that, as I understand it, with the ACA waypoints download, will give us turn by turn directions all the way across the country - just follow the highlighted line like on the Edge (of course we'll also have ACA maps for backup, a smartphone and an ipad)? 
Is my expectation correct?  Is it as simple as a download to your home computer and then a further download from your computer into the GPSR?  As you can tell, I'm not very tech savy (white male, 60years).  I can fix my bike in the middle of nowhere with some duct tape and bailing wire, but electrons are like herding cats to me.
I've read the ACA GPS explanation page over and over.  I'm sure it's well done, but it's not getting through to me.  Is there a video tutorial somewhere that explains how the process works?  I'm pretty visual, seeing it hands on is always a help.
I've been to a couple of outdoor stores that sell the dedicated GPSRs.  The salespeople, so far, have been useless.  They've never heard of ACA and the waypoints thing. 
I'm trying to get a handle on this.  Maybe I'm not alone.  Perhaps you could dumb down a video tutorial that us Luddites could understand.  Thanks for all your help.

Fred Hiltz:

--- Quote from: AdventureRide on November 23, 2012, 12:59:47 pm ---Fred - ... planning a transcontinental ride on ACA routes for Spring '13.  We've used a Garmin Edge for tours of up to 2 weeks by creating our daily routes using one of the mapping sites like RideWithGPS or MapMyRide.  Reading forum posts and what I know first hand about the Edge, it appears that it is not a suitable GPSR for our transcon.
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It can be made to work, as you have no doubt been reading, but it is certainly not the most suitable for such a long route in unfamiliar terrain.


--- Quote ---So, we're looking for that dedicated GPSR that, as I understand it, with the ACA waypoints download, will give us turn by turn directions all the way across the country - just follow the highlighted line like on the Edge (of course we'll also have ACA maps for backup, a smartphone and an ipad)? Is my expectation correct?  Is it as simple as a download to your home computer and then a further download from your computer into the GPSR?
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Your expectation is indeed correct. Because these are the machines for which we designed the ACA data, you need only to load the published files into your computer, apply the addenda if you wish, and transfer the routes and waypoints into the receiver.

You will need to buy one of the higher-end models to get enough storage for all the waypoints at once. MapSource counts the waypoints in a selected route. A few minutes spent adding these will show how many you need. Then browse the Garmin features comparison http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail.


--- Quote ---I've read the ACA GPS explanation page over and over.  I'm sure it's well done, but it's not getting through to me.
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Your use of the singular "page" makes me guess that you have seen the GPS Information page on the web site, and perhaps the Quick Start Guide linked there. Get the GPS Data User Guide too. It has all the good information.

None of these documents intends to teach how to use the GPSR. They teach using the Adventure Cycling data on a GPSR that you already know how to use.

I should hope that the owner's manual covers loading routes into the receiver, and then navigating them. You might find some useful tutorials on http://gpsinformation.net/]

None of these documents intends to teach how to use the GPSR. They teach how to use the Adventure Cycling data on a GPSR that you already know how to use.

I should hope that the owner's manual covers loading routes into the receiver, and then navigating them. You might find some useful tutorials on
[url]http://gpsinformation.net/.

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