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I'd like to find a GPS that I can program a route of my choosing. Many standard GPS has options for fastest, most direct, avoid tollways, ect. But I'd like to be able to plot my own route and follow it on the GPS.

For example, from LA to San Fransisco the most direct route wouldn't be up the coast highway, but that's the route I want to take.
 

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You can normally add waypoints and then tell the route to go through the waypoints. I rode from Nashville to Phoenix by way of Utah and Colorado and that's most assuredly not the most direct route. We just added waypoints are places we wanted to go through and told the route to go through them.
 

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Dual Sport Moto

This place has some good info about GPS and a huge (and growing) GPS track file. Site run by a riding buddy and computer whiz who can speak plain language (for non-computer types like me).

Sorry if the link violated rules....delete if so. Just tryin' to help.
 

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Garmin Zumo 550

I can built routes on a home desktop computer, transfer back and forth to a laptop while traveling, and share files with others.
But most importantly .... I can make and modify routes easily with just the unit in my hand, so it's great for following suggestions from locals or other bikers when we meet-up in coffee shops, gas stations or campgrounds.
 

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Many GPS units (I have a Rider2) have the ability to select "alternate route" after you have already chose your destination. You can then chose one of those routes, or as others have indicated you can build your own itinerary using way-points.

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I think we're straying from the OP's question. It sounds to me, DrDale, like you're looking for a GPS that allows for tracks; not all of them do. You're not going to get more than basic functionality out of a Nuvi 205.

On the Garmin website, and on a few other websites, like TigerGPS.com there are comparison charts available to tell you what different units can do. Look for the numbers and complexity of tracks that can be stored.

I have an aged 2720 that allows for 50 tracks to be stored. Its age makes it a bit of a hassle to program in, but if you want to Interstate to Florida with a couple of creative detours, this is the way to do it.
 

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My Nuvi 765T can store up to 10 pre-planned routes. The following Garmin GPSs are also capable of route planning:

Nuvi 755T
Nuvi 760
Nuvi 780
Nuvi 5000
Zumo 450
Zumo 550
StreetPilot c550
StreetPilot c340
StreetPilot c530
StreetPilot c510
GPSMAP 640

I am pretty sure this is not the full list but you'll get the idea.
 

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I think we're straying from the OP's question. It sounds to me, DrDale, like you're looking for a GPS that allows for tracks; not all of them do. You're not going to get more than basic functionality out of a Nuvi 205.
NO! Tracks and Routes, in Garmin-ese, are the opposite of one another. A "Route" is programmed into the GPS beforehand. A "Track" is maintained BY the GPS during the trip. Once the trip is completed the "Track" can be downloaded from the GPS to the computer and it will show the exact route that was taken during the trip. My 2820 records a point about every 30 seconds when I'm moving as part of a "Track".

If you look on the Garmin site for GPS devices that support "Tracks" there are far fewer than devices that support "Routes". It's a semantic difference but an important one when looking at Garmin devices.
 

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Garmin Nuvi 550 I believe provides for Waypoint/Favorites/Locations of up to 500 entries and you can save up to 10 routes. It has a feature called Custom Routes which I think is what you are looking for.

Check garmin.com and you can do a compare of different products there.

Good Luck
 

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Thanks to all who posted suggestions. Much appreciated. It's not easy to sift through the ads and information, and is pretty easy to make the wrong purchase.

I will check out all of your suggestions. :hurray:
 

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NO! Tracks and Routes, in Garmin-ese, are the opposite of one another. A "Route" is programmed into the GPS beforehand. A "Track" is maintained BY the GPS during the trip. Once the trip is completed the "Track" can be downloaded from the GPS to the computer and it will show the exact route that was taken during the trip. My 2820 records a point about every 30 seconds when I'm moving as part of a "Track".

If you look on the Garmin site for GPS devices that support "Tracks" there are far fewer than devices that support "Routes". It's a semantic difference but an important one when looking at Garmin devices.
Ah - Thanks, you are correct of course. Considering I have a degree in linguistics, you'd think I might have caught on to that.
 

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I currently use a Garmin 765T for this and most of their higher end models do it. I've used pre-written routing for years on their Pilot series with Mapsource on a PC and Garmin RoadTrip (freebie from their site) on the Mac. It's pretty clunky like most of Garmin's software, but it works. The track function is also useful for logging rides. RoadTrip is far better than Mapsource.
 

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I purchased a Garmin Zumo 660. It has routing capibilities. The software is loaded on the PC, then you build the route using that. You then can load up to 10 Routes onto the GPS unit. I think it is called "Custom Route".

Haven't installed it, or used it as yet, but will let you know in a week of two.

Perry
 

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Most Garmin Zumo models come with a map CD. You can download the map software onto your PC, then plan routes any way you want. You can also import other routes and modify them as you wish, create custom waypoints or Points Of Interest, etc etc.

I have the software on an HP Mini so I can download/upload during a trip.

There is a lot of interest on being able to generate a custom route in google maps, then load it onto a GPS. I've bookmarked a few threads on this to see how that's going to work out.

If anyone comes up with a good, waterproof way to hold an Android phone that may become a popular option, though not for custom routes just yet.
 
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