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post #1 of 9 Old 07-18-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Garmin Routing Question

Not sure if this is the right place but thought I'd do it anyway...

I have a Garmin GPS60CSX and am trying to figure out the best way to plan a route with mapsource. How does everyone do it? I have a heck of a time making the route follow the way I am trying to set it.

Is it operator error or is Mapsource difficult?

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Mapsource is somewhat flaky. It wants to do things its own way, and that's it. I usually stick "Via Points" in the route to force it to go the way I want it to go. Just add a normal waypoint and add taht to the route. You can also use the white arrow tool on the toolbar to click the route and drag it to where you want it to be. I sometimes have to do that more than once to get it to go the way I want it to though.

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Well there are a couple of ways to force your own route and they are pretty easy to do.

First thing I'll do if it's not routing like I want it to is to add an intermediate via point. Just by adding an intersection of two roads you know you want to cross along your route it should then force the route how you want it. Sometimes you may need to add one or two more.

If that just doesn't do it, I'll use the manual routing tool and actually draw the route on the map by hand. That can be a pain though if you are covering a lot of miles.

Also, check your routing preferences under settings. There you can wiegh how the routing will factor different types of roads while making your route. For example, you could set hiways down to zero and it will do whatever it can to keep you off the superslab.

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Thanks for the replies! I will try the suggestions. Wouldn't it be nice if you could pick your end point and Garmin would just create a loop for you.:bom_bulb:

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Thanks for the replies! I will try the suggestions. Wouldn't it be nice if you could pick your end point and Garmin would just create a loop for you.:bom_bulb:
To do that you need to pick your start point(home), pick your mid point(destination) then pick your end point(home)Add a couple way points to make your loop. GPS's are good tools but can't read minds, at least not yet, so if you don't want to go how it tells you to you have to tell it how/where you want to go.

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I use Google Maps to plan my route, then use this tool to convert to a GPX file to load into my nuvi 500:

http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/gmaptogpx/

There is also this method as well:
http://motomappr.com/blog/?p=40

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I use Google Maps to plan my route, then use this tool to convert to a GPX file to load into my nuvi 500:

http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/gmaptogpx/

There is also this method as well:
http://motomappr.com/blog/?p=40

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Since this has been resurrected, I posted an update here.
https://stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=43709

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