Like I mentioned, I have an Etrex Legend Hcx. The Legend is the same as the Vista, only without an altimeter. I need to figure out the best way to load and use longer routes, and if possible, routes that involve a loop.
RidewithGPS works good for coming up with the basic course. It has the elevation feature that is also useful for avoiding hills wherever possible. The files can then be saved, exported to a .gpx file, or loaded directly to the Garmin.
If the file is too big (more than 500 points) it gets truncated, so I can take the .gpx files and “compress” them using some freeware called TCX Converter, and then manually load them into Garmin Connect as .gpx files.
All of these files get loaded as tracks, not routes.
So far, so good. Where I’m running into issues is actually using the tracks. The unit still wants to take me on the most direct route despite the track, and if it involves a loop, it tells me I’m at the end before I even start.
I know a lot of randos and tourists use this unit, so what is the best way to load routes/tracks? and how do you follow them once they are loaded?
thx. in advance.