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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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GPS Navigation

I bought a mount for my Garmin Nuvi 265t and got power to it on my bike, and I must say its really nice to have. However, the problem I'm having is that the gps only gives me the shortest or the quickest route, which may not necessarily be the route i want to take. I'd like to be able to plan out a trip (preferably on google maps, but it doesnt really matter), and then put that on my gps.

I also have an android phone (Droid X) with a dock that I could put there if I really wanted, but I dont really like the navigation app on the phone.

Anyone got any suggestions? How do yall go about your trips?
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Depending on how long of a ride I plan on taking, I set my end points to gas stations on the route I want to take. I typically need a break (mainly to stretch out my back) every 50-60 miles so I look (on google maps) for the nearest gas station around, get the address and put it on my GPS.

If I know the route will be less than 120 miles, I would get X/Y coordinates and use that as my endpoint.
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I have a Tom-Tom in my car, so ymmv. But anyway, once the unit has determined the quickest route, you should be able to customize the route. The unit should show you a list of the routes used in the route and you can click on the ones you want to avoid, such as interstates, turnpikes, etc. Check your manual and there should be a way to do this. Hope this helps!
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Well I can tell it to avoid highways and tolls, which I do. But I still have no way to tell it "I want to take this route, show me how".

For example, the other day I took a ride down a smaller highway to a house I was looking at buying (missed my chance ). Everytime I passed a road that would take me back to the main highway, it would tell me to take it and get back on the main highway, even though the road I was on would take me straight there.

I think im going to change it to shortest route instead of quickest and see if that helps. It wont do exactly the route I want, but hopefully at least it will stop trying to put me back on the major roads.

Thanks for the input!
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Well I can tell it to avoid highways and tolls, which I do. But I still have no way to tell it "I want to take this route, show me how".

For example, the other day I took a ride down a smaller highway to a house I was looking at buying (missed my chance ). Everytime I passed a road that would take me back to the main highway, it would tell me to take it and get back on the main highway, even though the road I was on would take me straight there.
On my wife's garmin I can tell it a from and a to, then I can tell to pass certain points along the way. It's been a few months since I looked at it but I was able to create a route like you are talking about.

Really though, for most of my rides I go to maps.google.com, plan out a route and print out the map and put it in a map pouch that has magnets so it stays on top of the tank. I tend to use GPS more for things like finding the nearest gas station along the way. That and things like when riding to stuff for work, where I need to get to a specific address and I'm not looknig for a good ride.

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Well I can tell it to avoid highways and tolls, which I do. But I still have no way to tell it "I want to take this route, show me how".

For example, the other day I took a ride down a smaller highway to a house I was looking at buying (missed my chance ). Everytime I passed a road that would take me back to the main highway, it would tell me to take it and get back on the main highway, even though the road I was on would take me straight there.

I think im going to change it to shortest route instead of quickest and see if that helps. It wont do exactly the route I want, but hopefully at least it will stop trying to put me back on the major roads.

Thanks for the input!
Oohhh, be careful with that avoid highways, for some reason my GPS seems to think any road with more than 2 lanes is a highway and off I go into the back, back roads. Seems to like dirt roads quite a bit. I've found more dirt roads since getting the GPS than I thought still existed in GA, NC, and TN.

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I also have an android phone (Droid X) with a dock that I could put there if I really wanted, but I dont really like the navigation app on the phone.
why not visit the app market and get another nav app? i have 3 different ones on my phone
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why not visit the app market and get another nav app? i have 3 different ones on my phone
Exactly. The one and only app that I'd be willing to pay for is a GPS app that actually downloads the maps to the phone. Most of them, including the ones that ship on the phone, need an internet connection to download the maps as needed which would suck if you are enjoying a twisty mountain road that takes you out of cell signal range. I haven't download one since I haven't been taking any longer rides lately, but I will be installing one before summer.
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why not visit the app market and get another nav app? i have 3 different ones on my phone
Hmm, I guess I could give that a try. I was hoping to use the GPS, since it seems to look a little better, and I dont really like the idea of having my phone out in the open. I'll go a-searchin later today.
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Hmm, I guess I could give that a try. I was hoping to use the GPS, since it seems to look a little better, and I dont really like the idea of having my phone out in the open. I'll go a-searchin later today.

I plan on getting a mount and power supply for my GPS. Like you I don't want to use my phone. After flying over the hood of a van years ago with my phone in my tank bag, I now keep it on me (zipped into a pocket in my riding jacket) in the event I am seperated from my bike and need to make an important call........

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