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  1. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I've been playing around with Garmin BaseCamp for a while and one thing I've found out is you can upload tracks from your GPS and than easily convert them to routes. BaseCamp will ask you how many waypoints to include in the route and it automatically convert the track into a route.

    I've noticed that the Bethany ride was a route which I'm assuming was converted from a track (correct me if I'm wrong).

    Question I have and I'm sure some of you will know this, is it better to use your original track you've created on the trails or is it better to convert it to a route and follow that? :?

    Thanks
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    Using BaseCamp to convert tracks to routes and vice verse is useful if you have a GPS that doesn't work well with tracks i.e. the first Garmin zumo, or a GPS that doesn't have the same maps as those which were used to create the route (so the route may not calculate correctly). Sometimes Routes prepared on a PC don't follow the intended route due to the GPS recalculating the route differently - then it's good to use a track generated by the same program that created the route.

    If you can use either, then if all you have is a track, use it without converting to a route. I think this is better as the track>route conversion doesn't place waypoints in logical locations, so the routing instructions make not make sense while riding the actual route.

    When routes are made they should have waypoints placed at turns - intersections or forks in a trail - and the waypoints should/may contain useful information in the waypoint name e.g. DeepWater, KeepRight, Bypass03, etc. Converting this route to a track will lose that information, so use it as a track.

    Confused? Just remember that tracks have a large number of points so as to closely follow your actual path. Routes usually only have waypoints where you have a choice of directions to take.

    Bob
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    WudzRydr Ride Organizer

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    Nope. Plotted it point by point using previous years as a reference. I then prerode to check it. I moved a few waypoints around to fit with the track better.

    Probably not the most efficient way, but I'm a noob. Lol
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    You did a great job! :)
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    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    The route preparation was fine - especially if that was your first Route.

    I did a few handouts for our Mohawk GPS nights, and newcomers to GPS might find these useful - they are attached below. They are a bit dated (based on 60CSx) but many of the principles still apply.

    Bob

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    Randy_K Limited User

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    I think the best thing is to use is my number 1 rule....

    Follow Bob ! :D
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    That's ok, but what are you going to do if Bob is not there Randy? :lol: