GPS waypoint/route data for classic routes...

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GPS waypoint/route data for classic routes...

Could we have a database, or thread, that contains the GPS data for any classic routes that people have? I'm not too clued up on how universal GPS units/systems are, but if they do have a similar format this could be very helpful.

I have a Garmin unit and think that these are the most frequently used systems...?

I would love to have a "classic route" planned for the Western Highlands, for the South of France, for Spain, for Corsica and for getting to and from the Nurburgring.

Just an idea,
Charlie

Great idea.I'm sure they could be held as downloadable text files.

what makes a classic route?and why would anybody want to use GPS on signposted public roads (as opposed to, say, in the middle of the desert)?

RBZ wrote

what makes a classic route? and why would anybody want to use GPS on signposted public roads (as opposed to, say, in the middle of the desert)?

If you take J17 instead of J18 you may get lost and starve to death.

RBZ wrote

.........and why would anybody want to use GPS on signposted public roads (as opposed to, say, in the middle of the desert)?

Have you ever tried one of CS's Surrey Scrambles ? 120 miles of unclassified roads with about 3 squillion turns, all in darkest Surrey. You could do it with a map, but you would spend quite a while at various junctions checking where to go next.

GPS is VERY useful. I have just spent 2 weeks and 3,000 miles in spain touring and although I took a map as well it was excellent and the ' off route - recalculating.....drive 2.1 miles then turn left" feature was a godsend.Thoroughly recommend if you are an 'off piste' rather than 'motorway it' type.

RBZ wrote

what makes a classic route?

Good question. Any route that you believe other bikers could enjoy.

RBZ wrote

and why would anybody want to use GPS on signposted public roads (as opposed to, say, in the middle of the desert)?

I am presuming that you don't use a GPS, but if you did you would find how helpful they can be at times. I completely agree that all we should need is the road signs, but you probably have a tank bag with a map in it. If you don't, and travel very long distances, then you must give Gary Kaspanov (sp?) a running for memory abilities! If you have a GPS then you can have the route pre-programmed and as you travel you can see exactly where you are on that route. You are much less likely to miss a turning, or to turn the wrong way. Over long distances (1000+ miles) they could save you an hour or more's stopping and checking the map...If you'd like to borrow mine some time you are more than welcome to...

Charlie wrote

You are much less likely to miss a turning, or to turn the wrong way.

Getting lost is 1/2 the fun.

I do the same thing when travelling across France (With map and compass and GPS)Found some great routes/roads that I'd have to carry a sackful of OS type maps to follow. Great fun swapping and folding maps in the rain and stopping at every junction? It means that a day can be a few hundred miles on nice roads, riding steadily and happy that we'll get where we plan to go at a suitable time and find our way easily through a strange city when we get there. HOWEVER...it'd be nice if this forum didn't get into the same old same old about maps/GPS. If people prefer just maps for travelling - use 'em. It's a free world.

Cousin Jack wrote

Have you ever tried one of CS's Surrey Scrambles ? 120 miles of unclassified roads with about 3 squillion turns, all in darkest Surrey. You could do it with a map, but you would spend quite a while at various junctions checking where to go next.

qwerty wrote

Getting lost is 1/2 the fun.

Please go and have some fun......

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