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Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Garmin Edge Explore
« on: January 09, 2019, 03:19:56 pm »
I had a Garmin Oregon. It was big, expensive, used a funky mount, and had a lousy display. But I liked it a lot. I would load GPX files. The unit would show me road maps with a GPX overlay. Basically, it worked in what I call breadcrumb mode. If I wanted to detour, the Oregon calmly showed me where I am and where the GPX route is. I could easily scroll the map to look at roads in the area.

Sooner or later, all things come to an end. I replaced the Oregon with the Edge Explore (no numbers, just Edge Explore). The Explore is less expensive, includes maps with updates, is smaller, has better mounts, and a wonderful display. But it wants to give me routing "assistance". If part of a route uses the same road out and back, it gets all confused on the return and issues instructions to "U-turn". If I detour, it goes nuts trying to get be back on the route. If I want to scroll the map, I have to exit Ride mode first. Is there some way to make the Edge Explore work in breadcrumb mode?

Offline John Nettles

Re: Garmin Edge Explore
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 03:25:48 pm »
You want to be in Track mode if possible.  Tracks are the breadcrumbs you are talking about.  Worst case, call Garmin Customer Service.  They are pretty good at answering questions.  Hope this helps, John
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Re: Garmin Edge Explore
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 09:26:13 am »
Thanks, John. You told me what to ask for in Garmin-speak. After playing around with the Edge, I called Garmin. The person I talked with confirmed the Edge doesn't have track mode. I fail to see their logic. The hardware is very well designed. It's too bad the software isn't designed for touring. (Or at least my idea of touring.) The world isn't perfect, but at the price point, I can live with the Edge's imperfection.

Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Re: Garmin Edge Explore
« Reply #3 on: Today at 07:50:27 am »
Just in case some reader is interested, I found an option in the menus to turn off recalculating. Now when I detour, I get one prompt to make a U-turn, then the prompts stop. This stops endless large white turn arrows on the map, improves the GPS behavior, and saves a lot of battery. The CPU isn't continuously recalculating, and the back light isn't continuously turning on (assuming the back light is set to turn on at an "event" and turn off after a few seconds).

It's not tracking mode. I still can't pan and zoom the map. I still get annoying turn directions when I'm on the route. But it's a considerable improvement.