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I have literally thousands of waypoints stored on my PC. I have them stored in categories, such as "Residences", "Four Corners Area", "West Coast", "OR, ID, NV", "Alaska", "Parkways", etc. In all I have 27 categories of Waypoints stored on my PC.

I can quickly call up any category and lay out a route on the PC, then transfer it to the GPS. If the route is across the country, then I just blend several or all categories and lay out the route.

Speaking of routes, for a long trip, I lay out a general route and then tweak it at the end of each day. Sometimes I will also lay out auxiliary routes to be taken if I feel like it.

As I am riding a route, I will create Waypoints of things that I come across that I might want to see on a later trip and then add them to my Waypoint database.
 

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meridien said:
Neil-In-Seattle said:
I have literally thousands of waypoints stored on my PC. I have them stored in categories, such as "Residences", "Four Corners Area", "West Coast", "OR, ID, NV", "Alaska", "Parkways", etc. In all I have 27 categories of Waypoints stored on my PC.
Is there a problem DL-ing waypoints from the pc to the gps? I'm specifically asking because I created one called "Home" in mapsource. I know the "Home" waypoint on the gps is a special waypoint. Does DL-ing another waypoint also named "Home" cause a problem with the gps-entered one?

Thanks in advance.
You can DL waypoints to the GPS from the PC. Any waypoint named "HOME" when downloaded to the GPS will overwrite the "HOME" waypoint already on the GPS.

No big deal though. Lots of guys name their present location, say, at a motel, as HOME and then just name their location "HOME" when they finally arrive home. They do this so that all they have to do to get back to their motel or campground after wandering around is to press "GO HOME" on the GPS.
 

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xxxrider said:
Neil-In-Seattle, have you ever thought about writing a GPS Tutorial Manual for those of us who are lacking in GPS knowledge??? What I have seen so far from the manual and the tutorial lacks alot because there is not much detail and alot that I have learned is by trial and error or by getting a tip here and there such as I just got in this thread.
Thanks for the compliment, but that would be pretty hard to do, seeing as there are so many GPS models out there and each one has it's own limited or extensive set of bells and whistles.

Maybe I could write a small piece on how I use my GPS's with regards to trip/route planning, way-pointing, track-plotting and such. The only problem being is that most GPS's can't do everything that I demand of a GPS.

Probably what is needed is a list of things that are possible to do with a GPS, so that newbies can make intelligent decisions on their next GPS purchase. Jon Sargent has done something similar to that several times and the rest of us have chimed in with our particular needs. Maybe we could talk Jon into devoting a portion of his website to list GPS associated operations and considerations.

I'm probably one of the few people that have been recording trip track plots since about '96 and have an extensive library of every major ride I've been on. This comes in handy when deciding which routes to take on the next big adventure. My last ride of 8,000 miles was laid out so as to avoid most of the roads that I've been on before - wanted to see new territory. I did this by dropping all of my previous track plots on one map and then routing around them as much as possible.
 
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