This is a tutorial for creating a custom route using several hardware and software components [Google Maps, Tyre, and a Garmin Nuvi (or TomTom)]
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1. What you’ll need:
Tyre (www.tyretotravel.com), a FREE PROGRAM
USB cable for your Garmin or TomTom
2. Navigate to Google Maps (maps.google.com)
3. Click on the split arrow next to the search icon to activate directions
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4. Enter your starting and ending addresses. Google also recognizes the names of businesses, if you can’t remember the address.
5. You’ll see that Google offers several alternatives to choose from. Regardless of whether you like them or not, what Google Maps chooses as your route and what your Garmin or TomTom chooses as your route sometimes are significantly different.
6. Notice when you place your pointer on the route, a white dot appears with the text DRAG TO CHANGE ROUTE
7. This is an important step. Drag to change the route using several “waypoints.” My secret is to create waypoints anywhere I think my Garmin will be tempted to route me a different way. You can also create a waypoint on the route already created by Google Maps by just clicking on the route and moving the white dot a little bit in your direction of travel. An important note is that Google Maps only allows up to ten waypoints. If you run out of waypoints, don’t worry–Tyre will allow you to add more.
8. Here is my custom route, with several waypoints. You can see I have seven waypoints between my start and end points.
9. Now, click on the Google Maps menu icon on the top left side of the screen. It is indicated by three horizontal lines. This will bring up a sub-menu on the left side of the screen.
10. Click SHARE OR EMBED MAP. This will bring up a window with a hyperlink that has all your waypoints saved. With your pointer over that link, right-click on it and select COPY. Don’t close out the Google Maps window yet!
11. Now, start the TYRE program.
12. Select FILE…IMPORT FROM WEBSITE.
13. In the resulting dialogue box near the globe, paste in the link you copied from Google Maps.
14. Hit the Enter key and then look at your route. Check it over to make sure all your waypoints are there and the route is as you like it.
15. If you are happy with it, click IMPORT.
16. Check your route over again, just to make sure.
17. If you are happy with the route, then you are ready to copy it to your Garmin or TomTom GPS. Here is where these instructions will be for the Garmin. The procedure for the TomTom is similar. If you are not happy with the route, then you can create and drag waypoints similarly to the way you did it in Google Maps.
18. Connect your Garmin GPS to your computer with the USB cable. When it is visible in Windows Explorer, you are good to go.
19. Click GARMIN…COPY TO GARMIN
20. Name the file and click OK.
21. Now, go to Windows Explorer and navigate to the GPX folder on your Garmin. The route will now be there.
22. Now, for the final check. Disconnect your Garmin from the computer and power it up. Go to APPS, and then TRIP PLANNER. If you copied a long route to the Garmin, it may take a few minutes for the route to show up in Trip Manager.
23. Select the route.
24. The route shows up as a series of waypoints. These are the waypoints you set up in Google Maps.
25. Click the MAP button to see the entire route. Remember that your Garmin will route you between waypoints the way it wants to. The key is to create enough waypoints that you force the Garmin to route you the same way as Google Maps. As you travel the route on your Garmin, it will guide you from waypoint to waypoint. I have found that the time estimate is way off, but the directions work flawlessly.
26. If for one reason or another, the Garmin did not calculate the route the same way as Tyre, there are a few ways around this. I’ve had this happen when a road is defined in Google Maps but not in Tyre. It has also happened when I did not put in a waypoint where the Garmin had the choice of a surface street or a freeway for a short section. Here’s how to handle it:
1a. Reconnect your Garmin to the computer, and then in the Tyre menu go to GARMIN…DELETE FROM GARMIN. It may take a minute or two for Tyre to sweep your Garmin for saved routes.
1b. Find the route you created and delete it. Then you can return to your Google Maps webpage and alter the route as required. Hopefully, you did not close out your Google Maps window!!
2a. Garmin offers the program BaseCamp on their website. Download BaseCamp and the Garmin maps to your computer.
2b. The option of downloading Garmin maps to your computer occurs with Garmin Express, which you should have installed when you bought your Garmin. This is the Garmin updating program.
2c. BaseCamp uses the same algorithms to calculate routes as your Garmin device, using the Garmin maps.
2d. You can use FILE…SAVE AS in Tyre to save the GPX file to your computer and then load it into BaseCamp.
2e. If the route looks, good, then you can copy it to your Garmin, as in the procedure above.
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TYRE has some great features that I have not covered here. But I hope that you can use this tutorial to create some GREAT RIDES.