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Offline Soulboy#1

Best GPS file for Garmin 800 for the Trans Am Trail
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:42:37 pm »
Hi everyone. Im heading out from Yorktown on the trans am trail at the end of April and still undecided on how to negotiate the route.
My gut says take my Garmin 800 and avoid the 12 maps for the route. Can anyone recommend a good GPX file for the route or is the Garmin
North America maps good enough to complete the route.

Any advice appreciated.

Thank you.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Best GPS file for Garmin 800 for the Trans Am Trail
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2017, 03:30:18 pm »
Take the maps.  Seriously.  They're worth their weight in gold, no need to worry about batteries, easier to look ahead, etc.   If you're down to 15.5 pounds total luggage weight and want to get below 15.1 pounds, take the first 4 and mail the rest to General Delivery, someplace like Farmington, MO.  Take the next 4 and mail the rest to West Yellowstone (if you get there on a weekend, you may be ready for a rest day to see civilization before the post office opens Monday morning).

As to the GPS, I think you're mixing two different questions.  You'll want a base map (Topo, City Navigator, or the free OSM maps), and route maps -- Adventure Cycling has two versions, one plain vanilla and one with all the services.  You'll get to be one of the first to try riding without paper maps if you go the latter route.  Let us all know how that works out, won't you?

(Take the paper maps anyway, and supplement them with state maps from the visitor center as you enter each new state.  You can mail them home or dispose of them after you've passed through.)

Offline mdxix

Re: Best GPS file for Garmin 800 for the Trans Am Trail
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2017, 09:00:14 pm »
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.

Offline Bigonabianchi

Re: Best GPS file for Garmin 800 for the Trans Am Trail
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 06:45:20 pm »
I have an edge 800 as well. The ACA data gpx file page has a section on how an edge 800 isnt really good enough given it's 200 point limit (even less than the old gpsmap60csx, at least that has 500!)

How did you get on with the edge 800?




Offline JHamelman

Re: Best GPS file for Garmin 800 for the Trans Am Trail
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 09:21:51 am »
I have an edge 800 as well. The ACA data gpx file page has a section on how an edge 800 isnt really good enough given it's 200 point limit (even less than the old gpsmap60csx, at least that has 500!)

For what it's worth, that note has to do with the number of service points the Edge 800 can handle. It will handle the route gpx file just fine.

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