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Offline dartagnan

Downloading GPX files
« on: February 09, 2024, 03:48:01 am »
I downloaded the sample GPX files from AC but I can't open them because they send them as an adobe file. Then I can find an app that works. I have a Garmin Explorer and Garmin support downloaded the same file and sent it to me in an email attachment and it worked. There has to be a better way. Will it work for the entire set?? Anyone else having trouble with this??

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Downloading GPX files
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2024, 10:12:42 am »
If you are using the GPX files (not the ACA App), you could not be getting an Adobe file. I usually have to extract a zip file which contains a bunch of folders.  Each of those folders correspond (I think) with corresponding map, i.e. the "01" files in folder "01" correspond with Map 1 of the route.  I click on the folder which opens up a list of GPX files which when opened, shows up on Garmin's BaseCamp (assuming you have previously downloaded BaseCamp). All takes about 1 minute per file total.

As a note, each folder contains a direction-specific track, i.e. north-bound only, or the services.

Hope it works out for you, John

Offline dartagnan

Re: Downloading GPX files
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2024, 05:12:55 pm »
Thanks John,

When I open the zip file each file has a PFD icon. and when I try to download it to my InReach explorer Map page it says its not a GPX file! I tried several different computers, phone, and tablet. I called Garmin and they downloaded from AC and sent the file via email....and it worked! So, I found if I download the file, attach it to an email to myself, and drag it to the map page it works. A lot of work for something that should be sent as a GPX file. I tried Basecamp but its not obvious how to export the file and I guess I'm wondering why this is so challenging. Crazy! Thanks

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Downloading GPX files
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2024, 05:27:36 pm »
Weird.  For me it is very easy as described above.  I do use BaseCamp with no issue.  Don't know what to tell you.  Sorry but glad it worked out OK.  John

Offline John Nelson

Re: Downloading GPX files
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2024, 07:39:47 pm »
The phrase "it worked" is very ambiguous. In fact, the word "worked" is almost always vague. Can you explain what "worked" means to you.

Let me try to recreate what you did.

I downloaded the sample GPX files from AC

So you went to:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/gpx-data/

and you clicked on "free sample". Right?

When I did this just now, I got a file named TA_Sample_20160405.zip. Is that what you got?

So then I assume that you unzipped the file. It contains two HTML files and three GPX files. The three GPX files are: TA_EMainSample_2016.gpx, TS_ServicesSample_2016.gpx, and TA_WMainSample_2016.gpx.

Is that what you got?

I'll wait for answers to those before continuing. We'll take this step by step.

Offline dartagnan

Re: Downloading GPX files
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2024, 01:37:06 pm »
Exactly what I did! I got some help from a tech. Evidently when I "Extracted all" it did not unzip the files. I was under the impression that when the icon removed the zipper...it was unzipped. Not so. When I repeated the motion so many times and it didn't work I assumed it was the file I downloaded from AC.. My problem was Windows. Surprise, surprise. The files I received via e-mail were obviously already unzipped, so they worked. What clued me in is I tried to unzip other files and same, same. Thanks for your concern. The issue was solved by reinstalling the latest update.