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  1. BinzerBob

    BinzerBob Limited User

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    I don't understand why there are Route capabilities on GPS's. For some reason or other, my GPS does not accept a downloaded route from my computer. So in order for me to do a ride, like 2008 Port Perry to Bethany, I have to convert the route to a track.

    I name the tracks the same as what the Routes were named and away I go. Virtually the same deal as following a route, but I use Tracks instead.

    So the question... Why are there Routes, I see no need for them? I know there is a logical reason why GPS's have that functionality but I don't see it, and I would like to understand it.

    OH and my tracks can have up to 1000 points each while my routes only support 50 points each. :lol: again why have Routes?
  2. Gary Graham

    Gary Graham Ride Organizer

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    What GPS do you have?
  3. BinzerBob

    BinzerBob Limited User

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    My better GPS became not reliable... the screen goes off every 2 months or so and comes on only after you drop the unit from 1 meter high (onto a concrete surface... this became more and more nerve racking) so I had to downgrade to a Garmin etrex. It is the little yellow one, that doesn't support maps. A very basic unit, black and white.

    A few people were telling me it is likely because I have waypoints in the unit which are named the same as the route waypoints. But I have tried uploading routes into the unit after a global clear, and I get the same result. It could be that the unit is not good. I have tried to update the unit as well from the garmin site (about a year ago I did this), but at that time there were no new updates for it (I don't think they support it too much, it is the base of the base model etrex.).


    Anyway is there a logical explanation of why GPS units need both Routing and Tracking functionality... why not just have one method of plotting where you want to go and where you have been?
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    Larry
    First off - download this Etrex User Manual and you'll find an explanation of routes and tracklogs:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/manual.jsp?product=010-00190-00&cID=167&pID=6403

    The yellow Etrex is VERY basic and does NOT support multiple routes. You can upload only one route.

    Both tracklogs and routes have useful purposes. Routes tell you where to go. Tracklogs tell you where you have been. If you are lucky enough to have someone give you a tracklog you could follow it (i.e. use it as a "route"). It would be pretty difficult to do all your navigating with tracklogs (think chicken and egg).

    Routes can easily be prepared on a computer by creating a series of waypoints and adding them to a route which will then point you to each one in turn. You can then "follow the arrow".

    Tracklogs are usually the result of having your GPS turned ON while moving, but they can be produced on a computer with a "drawing tool" in a map program but it's VERY tedious.

    When following a Route, the GPS will/may provide alerts/beeps/spoken instructions each time you need to make a turn.

    When following a Tracklog, you need to watch the GPS screen to ensure your current position (usually a small triangle) overlays the tracklog.

    That's the basics. In reality, it is usually better to use Routes for a Dualsport ride when roads/intersections/trails are involved, and to follow Tracklogs (if someone gives one) for a singletrack trail ride in a Forest.

    The number of points in a route or a tracklog is too advanced for inclusion in this discussion on the merits of each.

    Bob