Putting in waypoints
I've never felt the need for a gps for riding around here, but might consider one if I head west next year. I've had several over the years that I've used for backpacking and off-trail bushwhacking. The last one was the Garmin Etrex Legend HCx. It's bombproof and easy to use. One thing that I really like about it is the ease of establishing waypoints for upcoming trips.
I'm currently trying out a Garmin Nuvi 1300 that my wife wants to put in her Rav. I'm disappointed in its performance and can't see how it would be of much use for the sort of riding or driving that I do. For instance, it constantly tries to guide me through parking lots rather than sticking to actual roads. I dislike riding or driving interstates and if given a choice, nearly always take the backroads instead. The Nuvi just doesn't jive with my knowledge of local roads. When driving home tonight from Asheville, it tried to direct us through a part of town that I wouldn't drive in broad daylight. For my purposes, I prefer to be able to put in my own route in advance and then just have the device warn me of upcoming turns and the distance between waypoints. It's easy with the Etrex, but so far, I haven't figured out how to put waypoints into the Nuvi, or even if it's possible. Detail is lacking too - it doesn't show a lot of roads, including Hwy. 21 on Fripp Island where we're spending part of this week.
I have the MapSource Trip and Waypoint software from Garmin that I use in my Etrex and thought that I'd be able to use it to load waypoints into the Nuvi. It seemed to be working, but the waypoints don't show up. I know that the motorcycle specific gps lets the rider enter waypoints in advance, but I can't see spending that much money on something that would get very limited use in our travels.
OK, here's the question - do y'all just let the gps do the guidework, or have you figured out how to plot a route in advance? My Etrex doesn't have the large display of the Nuvi, but as is, I like it a lot better.
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