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Offline PeanutButterShammyCream

What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:23:49 am »
I am going on a cross country tour soon, and I would like to know what the best app is to show my route. I would prefer if I could use it Offline, so it doesnt use up a bunch of my phone's battery. I just want something basic that shows my route....It doesnt need to be fancy.

Much love.

-Daniel

Offline mdxix

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 05:33:18 am »
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?

Offline PeanutButterShammyCream

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 05:35:06 am »
Thank you for your response. I am trying to record my tour to show to others via blog.

Offline mdxix

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 05:39:34 am »
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.

Offline jsieber

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2017, 05:03:28 pm »
If you are using an iPhone, Track My Tour https://trackmytour.com/, is popular and sounds like a perfect fit for your requirements.

Offline great_egret

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 05:45:51 pm »
If you're using any of the apps suggested by mdxix, put your smartphone in airplane mode while keeping your "location services" on. This will allow these apps to be used while your smartphone conserves battery power by not searching for cell signals.

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Offline staehpj1

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 07:01:16 am »
Thank you for your response. I am trying to record my tour to show to others via blog.
Do the people following your tour really care exactly what roads you use?  If not the tracking may not really add much useful info.  I found that my friends and family were fine with a short text entry each day saying where I was staying, how far I rode, and mentioning any interesting points or events along the way.  They especially like it if I add some pictures and interesting anecdotes now and then.

Otherwise I kind of like mapmyride when I want more data.  For me that is more for my daily rides around home, not my tours.  Great_egret is spot on about airplane mode with location services on.  That really extends battery life, especially in remote areas where battery is used up searching for a cell signal.

Offline DanE

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 08:20:41 am »
I like Easy Trails: http://www.easytrailsgps.com/

There is also an app called Easy Groups where you can set up a group that can follow your track and see where you are.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2017, 11:06:48 am »
Do the people following your tour really care exactly what roads you use?  If not the tracking may not really add much useful info.  I found that my friends and family were fine with a short text entry each day saying where I was staying, how far I rode, and mentioning any interesting points or events along the way.  They especially like it if I add some pictures and interesting anecdotes now and then.

Pete, I agree except for the occasion when you're in the boondocks, your family wants to know where you are, and you're in a place with no recognizable places on the ACA map.  Dad called me one evening asking where I was.  I told him, he couldn't find it on the map, so I told him it was about 15 miles east of Owl Creek.  (Don't know how I can remember that!)  He couldn't find that either, but was finally convinced we were doing well wherever we were.

Offline taketimeforlife

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 08:39:11 am »
Does GPS work when phone is in airplane mode (android)? I've read several articles/blogs and there doesn't seem to be a consistent answer.
Thanks!
"I could not decide on the perfect time to ride across the country, so I'm doing it now"

Offline staehpj1

Re: What is the best Tracking App to document my route?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2017, 12:09:36 pm »
Does GPS work when phone is in airplane mode (android)? I've read several articles/blogs and there doesn't seem to be a consistent answer.
Thanks!
I can't say for sure about all phones, but I have done just that with a previous android phone as well as with my android current phone.  You may or may not need to specifically turn on location services.