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Following custom routes when driving

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Phaser, 1 Sep 2013.

  1. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    I've got a BMW Z4 (E85) with the professional nav. It's 10 years old and lacking features of the modern TomTom's etc but for simple A to B directions, it's fine.

    Now, I often use Google Maps to create hooning routes but I'm struggling to follow them. Obviously I can't integrate these into my sat-nav, and I can't copy them over to my iPhone.

    Fair enough I could make a note of the URL, then open in my iPhone but that relies on being in a location where I can pick up 3G - and even then I can only see the route - and not where I am with turn by turn directions etc.

    I had something which would be ideal when I went out on my mountain bike - you could find GPX files of routes, it would give you a URL which you'd open up in a GPX viewer app on the phone and download all the data for offline viewing. Then when you're out on the bike, it'd mark your position and you could see where you were heading along the route.

    Something like this would be perfect however I can't seem to find any sites that will allow you to turn a Google Maps URL into a GPX file. I know you can use the map maker feature but it's SO much more complicated than just typing in destinations and tweaking the route to suit.

    At the moment I'm having to print off directions which inevitably end up flying all over the car or I keep having to stop and check I'm going the right way. Not ideal!

    How do other people do it?
     
  2. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,326

    Location: Staffordshire

    I used to just go for a drive. No maps, no sat nav, no directions.

    Once I'd had enough, point the sat-nav home again and it doesn't matter if you know where you are or not.
     
  3. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 156,438

    Just familiarise yourself with the main bits and follow road signs etc?
     
  4. Phaser

    Wise Guy

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    Posts: 1,562

    Sometimes I head up to the Peak District or over to the Yorkshire Moors which are the type of places where you can just drive without really taking notice of where you are, a lot of the time you'll find yourself on a decent road anyway.

    Fox - that'd be OK but depending on the area there's not always road signs to tell you where you are / where you're going. There's been a few times an enjoyable hoon has turned into a ballache when you're miles away from the road you're supposed to be on.

    http://www.routebuddy.com/routebuddy

    I'm gonna give that a download and see if it'll allow me to create some routes easily and export to GPX.

    Edit: This would be perfect but I think the newer versions of Firefox etc don't support it: http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/gmaptogpx/
     
    Last edited: 1 Sep 2013
  5. Clarkey

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,075

    Load google maps on phone, bring up your custom map, select the end point, hit navigate, job done.
     
  6. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    Are you using Android with the offline maps tool?
     
  7. Matt82

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Mar 2004

    Posts: 16,571

    Just find roads that you like to drive, or do you have to rely on an internet post to tell you whats a good road, whats good fun etc?
     
  8. Phaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,562

    You're missing the point...
     
  9. rpstewart

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2003

    Posts: 10,742

    Location: Greenock, Scotland

    Have you managed to get that to actually navigate along the custom route? Every time I've tried it Maps shows the route but Navigation recalculates it based on the start and end points.
     
  10. Clarkey

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,075

    So you've driven every good road in the UK and remember the good ones and how to get there?

    Drive around in Wales on hopes and dreams and I can promise you will end up wasting 75% of your day driving dull boring roads.
     
  11. Clarkey

    Capodecina

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    Yes, it does work but can be tricky to get it started. Been a long time since I've done this so don't remember exactly how.
     
  12. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,649

    Location: Bristol

    Last proper hoon I went on, I set the nav to take me to a known location then just drove around. Ended up spending half a day driving around, spotting signs, heading towards somewhere, if the road was rubbish, just take a turn at the next junction. I went through a tank of fuel and got sunburn, totally worth it for a sunny roof down drive.
    Once I decided the driving was done, I did as paradigm says, set the nav to take me home and headed back. :cool:

    Exploring is more fun than following set routes IMO. Roads can look OK on a map but turn out to be rubbish when you drive it, and vice versa too.
     
  13. steve45

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 3,038

    Location: Catterick/Dundee

    Mental note of road numbers I need to take and go off that, otherwise if its a particularly complicated route google nav for the complicated part.
     
  14. Overlag

    Capodecina

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    Location: Romford/Hornchurch, Essex

    ive stopped using GPS's. More fun.
     
  15. Matt82

    Capodecina

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    Ive just spent the last week in Cornwall, when youre in places like that or Wales you never have to go far to find a good road.