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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.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: ACA Maps on my Garmin Edge 1000
« on: November 18, 2016, 10:14:40 pm »
I also purchased the digital download for my Garmin Edge 1000, which I am slowly getting accustomed to.
Great choice. The Edge 1000 is a superb device. Review the detailed instructions for loading routes onto the unit.

Does this sound about right. Not sure how the 200 waypoint limitation comes into play.
Yes, what you have done is great. You are good to go.

The limit of 200 waypoints is for services along the route. These will work far better on a mobile device per Jennifer's note earlier.

One ends in an "N" and the other in an "S." Might these denote northbound or southbound?
That is correct: N is for north & S is for south. See more details about route names at under Find Track section.

Also, I often use Ride with GPS. Can ACA maps can be opened with that app on an Android phone?
My guess is that RWG requires the route be in your library of routes. Please post an update how it works for you or if you find other apps.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Best GPS device for cycling
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:47:22 pm »
I am happy to pay a good price if it means I can keep it for a while. I want something not too big...
Buy the Garmin Edge 820, which was just announced two days ago, if you can wait until it is in the market, which will be in a few weeks. It is not too big. It has full features ready for fitness rides & extended touring.

If you cannot wait, buy the Edge 1000.

For other Garmin choices, read earlier discussion & somewhat outdated comparison chart.

Other devices that you see from other brands such as Wahoo Elemnt, Polar V650, & Magellan Cycle 505 are amazing products for fitness. They are not as suitable for extended touring rides.

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Garmin Edge 1000 Explore
« on: June 16, 2016, 05:43:48 am »
couldn't justify the extra cost until I figured out what I paid each month to SPOT
I assume you use Live Tracking as well, in similar function to SPOT, that allows family & friends to track your location.

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