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    Default Is there a way to create a route using Google Maps withOUT waypoints?

    Thinking about getting a Zumo XT but for now, I'm using my cell phone. I create maps in Google Maps then import to my phone. My problem is that I don't have any winter weight gloves that are cell phone friendly. This means, Google Maps will stop my route at a waypoint and the only way for me to continue is to click the "Continue" button on my cell. Without touchscreen friendly gloves, I have to stop, remove a glove, hit the button, put my glove back on and resume the trip. Quite the pain. I can't always set a waypoint for some place convenient to stop, especially when it's an unfamiliar route and I don't even know if there's a wide spot in the road. Sometimes, I just don't want to stop at all.

    One of Google Maps downfalls is that it tends to want to force a route. If you set a waypoint 10 miles farther down the road (@ a known safe place to stop), Google may decide you HAVE to go a different route to get there. I know you can drag the end point but that tends to have Google change the routing.

    Ideally, I'd like to route an entire trip (generally starting and ending at my house) withOUT ANY waypoints. Does anyone know a way to do this?

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    Try Myroute.app It works very well they have great tutorials.There is a free version or a subscription. Watch them close, as they frequently have sales.

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    Just a thought, use a pen with a capacitive top, to push the button, that is only one action, so you don't have to take off your gloves. Also there is an app called Kurviger, which is great for trips, it makes a route from start to finish, you can set your own waypoints. Thus app will provide a route, with no interstates, only backroads and twisties.

    It's a pia to set it correctly, but if you like to tinker, it's an amzing app, free version and a paid one, there is not much difference between them, but I paid for it.
    Use it quite often, and kurviger brings me to places in my backyard, where I never been before. I am no affiliated with them, but I really like the app. They also heve a very active forum.
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    I used to print them, put red dots at the turns, put them in a big Ziplock bag, and tape them to the top of the leg of my chaps.

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    Sygic just announces, "Passing waypoint," and keeps on. You do have to pass reasonably close to the waypoint or Sygic will keep nagging you to go there. You can delete them so that helps. I don't know how you can create any route with any program without using waypoints unless the program will faithfully follow a specified highway. I've not used any that will do that. Sygic, just like Maps, does try to make you travel primary routes, so sometimes I end using a whole raft of points to get the route I want to use to stick.

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    This is one of the big differences between google maps and Garmin and its pretty fundamental. Google maps is centered around getting you from point a to point b. yes you can add point c and d as well but it wants you to GO to each of those stops.

    Garmin allows you to build a ROUTE that contains way points like the google maps (places you want to stop or visit) but it also has shaping points which just assist to define the route. Having both is necessary to building routes if you are trying to plan a ride. Google is only about the destination, not about letting you choose how to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegasus1300 View Post
    Try Myroute.app It works very well they have great tutorials.There is a free version or a subscription. Watch them close, as they frequently have sales.
    I looked at my app store, saw two apps with "My Route" in them. The first one appeared to be more oriented to a delivery service. One of the reviews commented that you could not generate a route that did not start at your current location, which would make pre-planning a route difficult.
    The second one was "MyRoute-app". It bragged about tracking and analyzing the route, then finally said something about creating one. The first review said something about the free version not being very good, so they removed it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Piratezz View Post
    Also there is an app called Kurviger, ...
    Must not be available on iPhone. Had to look it up on a real computer, it appears to be "interesting" and gets REAL creative on the routing at times. Did not investigate whether a created route could be sent to my GPS unit, since I don't use my "phone" for navigation.


    I enjoy planning my trips and routes ahead of time. I will NOT plan them on my "phone", becacause I don't use my "phone" for navigation. I am so far behind the times for connectivity, but not quite a Luddite. I have a Garmin Nuvi 1450 mount on each of our bikes. The unit itself moves from car to bike, as necessary. It does not even have a BlueTooth connection to a phone, let alone to a helmet, but I have not (yet) missed having turn-by-turn directions in the helmet.

    I also use Garmin Map Source (not BaseCamp) to plan my trips. I have used it for so long, it's second nature to me. Tried using BaseCamp, can't seem to get it to do what I want, so I gave up. Most of the newer Garmin units only work with BaseCamp, so I avoid them. So far, I don't feel I'm missing much.

    I have looked at other route planning programs in the past, most of them can be sent to a phone, but not to a GPS, so they don't seem very useful for my purposes.

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    Amazon has touch screen finger tip covers that can slip onto finger and be used to manipulate the screens use Sygic as it works on the phone just like Google maps works on a desktop. Use finger to move highlighted route to another road. No waypoints so interruption.

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    Myroute-app is the one I am talking about. I did not know they had discontinued the free one.

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    I might have to look at the myroute app. I was using google to make routes for D3WR, but was hindered by the waypoint issue. Thanks to all for the input.
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