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New England / Re: Gravel routes in New England
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:36:43 pm »
Chart your own route at

The Northern Rail Trail from Concord to Lebanon is 100km of uninterrupted sweet ride:

Routes / Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« on: April 25, 2019, 12:07:18 am »
Are you set on going through New York?

Most scenic route will be on Western New England Greenway. From NYC, take Metro North train to Norwalk, CT. Bicycle permit is $5.00.

Take RT2. It should not be bad off season with very wide shoulders.

Call Local Motion for other ideas.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge Explore
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:06:51 pm »
I create routes on, then export them to tracks.
These are all the correct steps for tracks.

If there's a way to avoid the turn-by-turn directions, I haven't found it.
Turn-by-turn is normally a hugely popular feature. But I also fake turning it off. I do not have the exact details with me. I can look them up later if you have trouble finding them.

  • Turn off screen prompt: somewhere in the map menu, you can remove the display of street name & turn prompts.
  • Turn off tones: under system settings, you can silence beeping prompts.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge Explore
« on: January 25, 2019, 10:39:27 am »
confirmed the Edge doesn't have track mode.
Where are you getting the routes from? How?

There is no such thing as "track mode". But you can load "tracks" instead of "routes" to the Edge. No change of modes required. It just works.

General Discussion / Re: Mass to Maine route?
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:06:21 pm »
Does anyone have a nice Massachusetts to Maine route?
Where from Boston are you leaving?

I have enjoyed this route twice with my young boys through many beaches, bakeries, & lighthouses:

  • First trip mostly followed the East Coast Greenway. Route stayed near the water until Wells, ME, then switched to rail trail to Portland, ME.
  • Coastal route version of the first trip with more dips in water, more lighthouses, & more bakeries. After Wells, ME, we continued along the coast on many quiet roads.

My recommendation is for the second option. Trip reports for both trips include itinerary, route map, lodging, & bakery stops.

I have not been on the portion from Portland to Brunswick. I expect that you can continue on ECG.

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Maps on Apple & Android devices
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:57:08 pm »
same id?
How do you have the same ID on two different stores? Same email address is not the same ID.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS Advice
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:46:02 am »
The two contenders for the top spot are Garmin Edge 820 & Wahoo Elemnt.

Minor differences between the two:
  • Garmin: comprehensive log platform, color screen, accident detection.
  • Wahoo: easy map management, sharp screen, completely wireless mobile, & very user friendly.

No device offers reliable turn-by-turn navigation. You simply have to follow the track on screen.

Unless you are attached to Garmin platform through an activity tracker or other device, I recommend the Wahoo for smooth user interface, built-in world map, & complete wireless management.

DC Rainmaker has a detailed head-to-head comparison between the two. Both are winners. You cannot go wrong with either. It depends on your priority.

Does anyone have experience, positive or negative, with the Garmin Edge Touring?
Edge Touring is a fine product. With just a bit more cost, you can get the Edge 820 with GLONASS for accuracy, accident detection, & more current device for longer support. The Touring has been around for 4+ years.

It needs to have capability to track in or out of the US. it will strictly be used for navigation.
For Garmin devices, review previous post to download maps.

For the Wahoo Elemnt, you manage maps directly from the mobile app for any country in the world.

Routes / Re: Rhine River Cycle Ride
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:40:26 pm »
I am planning to bicycle the Rhine River Cycle Route , (eurovelo #15) in August of this year
What information are you looking for Joanne?

I bicycled first half of it, close to 600km on trails.

A good reference is Cicerone's book.

Do you have any second hand offers for the paper maps?
Occasionally people post their old maps for sale on this forum. Confirm the publication date to get the latest maps for updates to route & services.

Why is US cycle map not comptible with Oregon 450?
You can still get free Open Street Maps on your Garmin. There are multiple methods. Start with this one:

You can quickly download the entire map for the United States.

Alternate methods are at:


If I buy either City Navigator or US Cycle map, will I be able to view the maps (together with the added ACA routes) on my tablet with Android system? If yes, what is a good app to do so? Can I load my Cycle US map into my tablet? Or I connect my Oregon to a tablet and then can view the larger scale map.
Instructions & recommendations for mobile apps are at

I am a very active member of Warmshowers. Is there any application that can add warmshower hosts as POIs on my GPS?
Not that I know of.

I will need a sim card with the Internet. In Europe, if I go to France for expamle, I just buy a local simcard and use the Internet with my Adnroid phone. Can you reccommend an affordable Internet provider that I can use during my trip with the coverage of the routes mentioned above.
Try AT&T Go Phone.

Note that the apps recommended earlier can work offline, without the need for continuous mobile signal. You can download the maps for offline use when you have internet connection at a library or internet café.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: GPS devices for Digital Files
« on: May 15, 2017, 08:42:33 pm »
Yes, it should work. I have not used it, but most likely you can follow the same instructions as those for the eTrex.

Plenty of options: Strava & Ride with GPS come to mind as very popular social networks for sharing routes.

You can include pictures tagged with their location, showing on the map accordingly.

I just want something basic that shows my route.
What are you trying to do?
  • Record your route to review later or share with others?
  • View your planned route on a map to help you with navigation?
  • Something else?

ACA Mobile Route Apps / Re: Route Directions
« on: March 26, 2017, 06:23:09 pm »
I look for the street sign to turn.
Alternatively, follow the highlighted route, street names or not.

On the mobile phone, there will be an arrow indicator with your location in relation to the designated route. Make sure that arrow stays on the highlighted route.

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