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Jerome Daoust

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Posted - 08 sept. 2008 :  23:22:00  Show Profile  Visit Jerome Daoust's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I want to accomplish the following...

1) Create bike paths under Google Earth (my favorite editor). I already did this:
It looks like this (screen capture):
2) The above KML file can be converted to a GPX file (using GPSBabel):
This is a valid file, because I can open it in Google Earth and it
looks like this (screen capture):
3) I want to be able to copy the GPX file to a GPS device and be able to follow the paths on my bicycle. I would attach the GPS to my bicycle handlebar and visually verify I am following my pre-established paths. I don't need voice navigation (like in my car) where I am told to turn left/right, I just want to see I am close to one of my bike paths, although sometime leaving the beaten path can be fun.

This is my first post on this forum, maybe this has been covered somewhere (I did a bit of searching), thanks for your understanding, and I will be very happy if the above can be done. For me the ideal GPS would be one I can just copy that GPX file over a USB cable and then view all my paths on the GPS, that would locate mme within them.

I'm open to buying any new GPS unit, or even a phone which has GPS capability if they can display my paths, like a PDA style phone like the:
- Blackberry Curve 8310.
- Blackberry 8820
- LG View
- iPhone
Otherwise I am thinking something like a:
- Garmin Edge 705

Happy GPS-ing,
Jerome Daoust

Edited by - Jerome Daoust on 09 sept. 2008 02:15:36


Jerome Daoust

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Posted - 09 sept. 2008 :  20:20:59  Show Profile  Visit Jerome Daoust's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I verified I can import the GPX file into Garmin's MapSource software and we can see all the paths in there as a series of points.

I am told that MapSource is free but not the maps (topographical or roads).

So the above is a good step towards believing that I can use MapSource to send all the bike paths to a Garmin GPS unit. Just need to verify this, and the goal will be reached at least in one method (requiring the use of MapSource as a broker between the GPX file and a GPS unit).

Edited by - Jerome Daoust on 09 sept. 2008 20:25:43
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