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post #1 of 5 Old 12-23-2018, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Okay guys, I'm striking my colors. I've been dealing with Basecamp and POI files for the MABDR for the past three days, with increasing disgust. Just trying to get the POI files from Basecamp to my GPS requires two different pieces of software (not to mention how frustrating Basecamp can be all by itself), and I still can't see them on the route when I look at it on the GPS. I've had enough, and I need some advice for an alternative.

I know there have been threads on here in the past about phone apps for navigation, but I'd like to hear some opinions on them that relate directly to what I want an app to do. I want an app that can take a track file (like the one available on the MABDR website) and all the various POIs that are part of that file and load it directly onto a navigation app without juggling it around on two other pieces of software. And by track, I mean one of those gpx files that have hundreds or even thousands of trackpoints (like the MABDR file). Basically, I want an app that has plug and play capability for a previously created track file, that will carry over all the data from that file including the Points of Interest.

I have OsmAnd, but I've never been crazy about it. I've read on here about Locus Pro, and I recall another app being mentioned called Navigator (I think). I'm hoping for some input from other riders (that's why I'm posting here) who've used the app specifically in the way I've described.

I'm not giving up my Nuvi yet; for some things it works just fine. Creating a route on Tyre or MyRoute is is just clicking a mouse (or just copying a gpx route file someone else made), and getting the route onto the Garmin is just a drag and drop operation. That's impossible to do with a Nuvi and a track file.

It's getting time for a new phone anyway (my Droid Turbo is about four years old now), and rather than dumping money into a Montana, maybe I'll get something like that armored/waterproof Kyocera Duraforce Pro.

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Here's some instructions I've been working on for the guys I'll be riding the MABDR with. Maybe it will help.

I'd buy Locus and Galileo and see which one you like. I'm still trying to decide.



To install and config Locus Pro

Get this app:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...s.pro&hl=en_US

Get free maps here:
https://www.openandromaps.org/en/downloads/usa_en

Install render theme for Locus

Click the plus beside the maps you need. Select LOCUS

Maps you'll need:
Carolina_GA_FL
PA_NJ
South_Mid
VA_MD_DE

You can also buy maps from the Locus Store

OPTIONAL - Wait until map downloads finish and restore Locus settings from here. Includes MABDR data.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Qx...UDfkoSVTQ_WhF3

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I have the MABDR gpx loaded into Galileo Pro on my Kyocera DFP. Someone over on "the other forum" also made a file with additional POIs. No network or data connection needed once loaded. Learning curve for Galileo isn't nearly as steep as OsmAnd or Locus.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/edite...o-app.1314081/

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I have the MABDR gpx loaded into Galileo Pro on my Kyocera DFP. Someone over on "the other forum" also made a file with additional POIs. No network or data connection needed once loaded. Learning curve for Galileo isn't nearly as steep as OsmAnd or Locus.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/edite...o-app.1314081/
How has that Kyocera worked out for you? That's the one I've been looking at, based on it's purported ruggedness. And thanks for that link, I just downloaded it for later. I can always count on a fellow Pennsylvanian.

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The DFP is working out pretty well. It is my everyday phone as well as my camera and GPS. A few issues...

When riding in temps below 20F, the battery will freeze up and shut off the phone if not plugged in.
The screen isn't quite as glove friendly as I'd like. Not a huge deal, I keep a stylus hanging by the phone.
As with all electronics it will occasionally restart itself, usually right at a critical turn...lol

I had a failure of the charging port. I must admit I think it was operator error plugging in the cord.

As far as ruggedness, its rugged! Shortly after I got it, it divorced itself from my mount on a washboard road and was dangling by the charging cord next to, and bouncing off my front wheel. After getting stopped, which included a slow speed drop (the bike, not the phone), the phone was still following my track and showed zero damage. A good, rugged unit, in my opinion.
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