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post #1 of 11 Old 12-28-2007, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Mapping Software: How do you plan your routes?

Hi everyone,

Someday, way out in the future, I'd like to try the Iron Butt Lake Huron 1000, i.e. 1000 mile trip around Lake Huron in 24 hours.

I'm curious what software you would use to route a trip like this.

I am interested in the Delorme TopoUSA. Does it cover Canada? This is important for this kind of trip since I'd be going through Canada around Lake Huron. Does it do trip routes? I believe for the Iron Butt, I need to plan for several key stops to fuel up and save receipts to document the fact that I went where I claim I did.

Are other "Street" mapping programs better suited? Do they have more fully featured routing abilities? Do I need them?

Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-28-2007, 07:58 AM
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I have a Garmin Zumo. I lay out the trip on the PC then download it. If I wan to share it with someone else, I can copy it via SD card.

Grouprider.com also allows you to lay out routes.

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I use Mapsource (came with my Garmin Zumo) for all my routing needs. It takes some time to get used to but once you get the hang of it, it works VERY well.

Do you have a GPS or will you be getting one for the trip? If so it should have all you need.

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I use Microsoft Streets & Trips all the time - it's got a much easier interface than the DeLorme software (IMHO), and it's snappier. It does have Canadian roads, but I'm not sure how many trails it has. Dirt/gravel roads are definitely on there, but not necessarily marked as such.

I've recently acquired a Zumo, and so I've been playing with Garmin's MapSource some, but I still find MS S&T much easier to use. You should be able to find it for $30 or so - I got my last version at Costco for $25.

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I use Streets and Trips for most route planning. I also have DeLorme Topo USA 6.0. I don't think DeLorme includes ANY Canadian roads. I know S&T does because I've been plotting various trips into Quebec, Labrador, NS, etc with it.

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If you make a route in streets and trips can you upload to the gps?

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Routes tend to get munged between computer and GPS (thank you Garmin) and I'm not crazy about Mapsource anyway. I've always liked the "where to" way to travel directly from the GPS. It's not a big deal to load your intended stops in this way and then pick them from your favorites or recently found lists.

For the big picture, Google maps will get you a good route and that along with satellite imagery and Google Earth can generate enough info to preview the area.

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I have DeLorme Map Streets Deluxe and Topo. They are terrible interfaces, hard to use, and crash when I'm almost done creating a route. I have no recommendation other than not DeLorme.
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I have no recommendation other than not DeLorme.
They still make great map books, but I gave up on their computer software several years ago. I still yell at them from the Maine Turnpike when I go by. :twisted:

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