How to share Garmin routes with your friends

Wednesday 2010-06-30

Recalculated route (green) does not match the original (pink)I’ve been struggling to get routes into my Garmin Zūmo® in such a way that it matches the plans of the original author, while at the same time setting the Garmin to “recalculate” so that when I take a wrong turn, it will send me back to the track. After reading a lot on the Garmin forums, and experimenting with this on my two recent road trips (one to Eifel and one to Sauerland in Germany) I can say I have found a way to do this. It’s a bit of work, but it will make your trip a lot more trouble-free. Here’s the recipe.

Needed:
- Nice motorcycle route in a GPX or GDB file
- Garmin BaseCamp (BaseCamp 3.0.1.0 for OSX at time of writing)
- Garmin Zūmo® (model 660 at time of writing)

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