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dumb question on google map/gps mapping

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I wanted some help, I created my google map filled with the places that I want to visit...now I'm stuck in how to connect all the places by one itinerary (to be drawn on the google map as well) and may be export it to my garmin gps...is it possible?

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This is a cut and paste from the ADV Forum. I made it last May:

I have a Garmin Zumo660...

I'm using my Firefox browser which has a GMapToGPX link on the tool bar (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/gmaptogpx/)
1: I plot out the trip using Google Maps.
2: Once I have the route mapped out on the way I want it to be - on Google Maps, I click the GMapToGPX link on my toolbar which then generates a GPX file.
3: I click the "Full" tab which makes the GPX file much longer as it displays each and every direction change along the route.
4: I select ALL and Copy the contents of the GPX file to Notepad so I can save it as a text type document..
5: Inside the GPX file I change it's NAME to what I want it to be named (from the default name it was given when the GPX file was generated in Step 2 above). That line is near the top of the file between the "name" "/name" brackets.
6: I save this GPX file to my hard drive as an appropriately named .gpx file. (Not a .txt file... but a .gpx file.)
7: I then go to my MapSource program and open the .gpx file I just saved in Step 6 above.
8: Once that .gpx file is open in MapSource I transfer it to my Zumo660 using the "Transfer" button.
9: Last step is to disconnect my Zumo660 from my laptop... fire it up and import the route so it will be one of my "where to" choices.
I just mapped out a 19 day trip - 5500+ miles from Panama City, FL to Billings, MT this way. It consisted of 8 days getting to Billings... Two days in Billings... and then 9 days back to Panama city, FL. A total of 17 different routes. Using GPSVisualizer - I was able to generate a Google Earth .kmz file which can be used to visualize all of the routes either in Google Earth or in Google Maps.
Here is my kmz file for the entire trip: http://hilsheimer.org/images/versys/...m_Billings.kmz
You can download that file and open it into Google Earth, or you can copy that URL (by right clicking on it) and put it into the Google Maps search box and it should display my proposed July routes.
Hopefully, this link will open up Google Maps with my kmz already loaded... displaying all of my 17 routes (days) that are planned for July - http://g.co/maps/wnyqu
I planned all 17 routes using Google Maps... Converted those maps into GPX files using GMapToGPX... then used my MapSource program to load all 17 maps into my Garmin Zumo660.
Once I was on my trip each morning I just called up that day's route that I'd stored in my GPS and followed the magenta line until I got to that day's destination.

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How about Google Map to GPX file.
I was looking for a way to get Google Map generated routes into GPS and found this WEB SITE (http://bevhoward.com/G2WPT.htm).

From the site, add the link provided on the page GM2GPX to your favorites, it’s just as a piece of JavaScript.
(It's part way down the page in the "Setting Up a Google Map to GPX Toolbar Link" Section.)

You don't have to add it to the toolbar.
Just right click on it and add to favorites.

You can then:
1. Create desired route in Google Maps
2. Click the G2GPX link you added to your favorites.
3. After a window opens click the <Full> button at the top of the window.
4. After the window regenerates click in the widow: right click and select all and copy the contents of the window to clipboard.
5. Create a new text file, open the file and paste in the contents of clip board.
6. Save and rename file to a desired name with a GPX (*.gpx) extension.
Now you have your GPX file. I'm sure others have ways too but this is the first result of my research I did awhile back.

A GPX file is a universal non proprietary file type.

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THANKS!!! worked like a charm !
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one more question!

anyone tried his iPhone tom tom navigator during a long distance trip? I want to save 400 USD and plus Garmin zumo gps so I installed the tom tom navigator for the whole Europe and it is ready for use....just wondered if someone did it before...
no worries about the battery life since the iPhone will be connected permanently to the 12v outlet charger...

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No experience in that area for me to offer...

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I have the motionx GPS drive on my iphone and its worked pretty great for me so far. Took a little getting used to compared to my garmin but awesome for an app!

Also the Zumo isn't completely necessary, I've used my regular 100 dollar garmin nuvi on the bike before too


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thanks genehil,

DxhFZ, thank you for your response. Indeed I came accross many Garmin entry level for below 100 usd (there is one on ebay sales running for only 80 usd) but I do need the option of calculating alternative routes, avoiding highways and tolls etc...it did not seem to me that these are available in the entry level Garmin line up otherwise I would buy it immediately


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Hello,

I wanted some help, I created my google map filled with the places that I want to visit...now I'm stuck in how to connect all the places by one itinerary (to be drawn on the google map as well) and may be export it to my garmin gps...is it possible?

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Try using this program - www.tyretotravel.com

You create all your routes in its own Google Map / Google Earth interface, and then automaticity it can save the route to your TT or Garmin GPS.

Runs off a usb stick as well.

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