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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.

I'm in the same boat, did you get your questions answered?
What boat? Do the answers provided earlier help?

1. Adventure cycling Tracks (low resolution)
Available, although Adventure Cycling is working to convert more routes into high resolution. Keep watching for this one.

2. Adventure Cycling Tracks and Service Points Limited
Available for members.

Also do I need to/ should I install Garmin's basecamp on my computer?
No, you do not need Basecamp as pre-requisite. You can use the files directly.

Refer to detailed step by step instructions specific to eTrex device.

I also will use smart phone but thought that since no cell phone / wifi is needed for gps I could see what services were available especially in towns that weren't included in the ACA map ( which I will also have )
You should test the Montana while you have it: can you browse the maps easily? Does it perform in a satisfactory way for you?

Both apps recommended for mobile devices allow you to store maps for off line use without the need for data links.

My suggestion will be to:

This gives you a route on two devices for backup, while spending less money.

Yes you can, but likely you do not want to:

  • Display is extremely slow, depending on zoom level, taking close to 10–30 seconds from one screen to the next.
  • For the services built into the map, you have to zoom in a very small scale to see them, which makes it even more time consuming to move a reasonable distance along the route. Alternatively, you can search for such services, but then you cannot see where they are along your route.
  • Other services are provided when you purchase digital maps from Adventure Cycling. However, depending on your GPS device, especially the Garmin Edge series, do not fit all the service points in their memory.

That leaves you with two better options for services along the route: paper maps & smart phones.

Is the link you've posted for the whole of North America?
For the purposes of TransAm, this should cover the route.

As the file name implies, it covers latitudes 170.97ºW–74.05ºW. These leave out sections on the fringes such as New England, Alaska, etc.

Or you can download map for the entire world from file 2017-02-25/8000MB-lon_-170.97_to_161.63.2017-02-25.gmapsupp.img on 8GB microSD card.

Ive been sent the link to dwonload the map. I click on the file to download it. It goes into my downloads folder and then when I click on the zip file it extracts
the file but i get a message that reads.....
What map did you attempt to download? I am not aware of any way to download the entire North America map from one link on that web site.

I suggest you follow Pat's recommendation to download one state at a time. Remember to rename each IMG file by state name, sequence number, or something else, so you have 10 unique files. Or download the entire 4GB file (currently, the latest is at 4000MB-lon_-170.97_to_-74.05.2017-02-25.gmapsupp.img.

What device do you have? Most Garmin devices allow for a micro SD card that can easily store 4GB & 8GB files.

Store the file under the "Garmin" folder on your device. On an SD card, create a new folder with the name "Garmin", then store the map in that folder.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: ACA Maps on my Garmin Edge 1000
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:58:34 am »
without having to periodically load more sections to the Garmin during the ride.  Is that correct?
That is correct. You can load the entire set of tracks once for the entire trip.

Edge 1000 detailed instructions available.

it will give me turn by turn direction for the entire ride Bar Harbor, ME to Key West, FL
Pay close attention navigation notes. Specifically, "Do not rely on turn-by-turn instructions. While they work most of the time, they give false confidence of their reliability. There are many areas where the device does not calculate the route correctly. This will vary depending on device, base map and apps. We highly recommend you simply follow the track line on your screen to avoid incorrect turn prompts."

Read recent discussion about similar topic:

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Easytrails App - Loading tracks
« on: January 16, 2017, 09:59:00 am »
I cannot see how to load the digital gpx files from the ACA.
Detailed instructions available on Adventure Cycling web site.

From a location where you have the GPX files (GoodReader or Dropbox), you can open them in EasyTrails app.

I have downloaded the recommended Easytrails app onto the IPAD, (free version)
This maybe part of the problem. The free version only supports loading one track. You should be able to see it from the "paw" icon at the bottom of the screen.

Can anyone recommend a good GPX file for the route
TransAm Map Set Digital

is the Garmin
North America maps good enough to complete the route.
You can get background maps free from Open Street Map. Follow instructions posted earlier.

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