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Hi all.

I recently bought a Garmin Etrex 20. I have installed a routable Brazil OSM map. Now I have also planned a 200km track, because the device has a limitation of 50 points on route mode. So, route is not a good option because of this Garmin limit.

I'm satisfied about routing navigation features, when the GPS display turn-by-turn messages warning about driving directions in my bike ride. My question: is anything featured for tracks? Something like the Garmin EDGE's do, showing directions (to right, to left is good start) during my ride?

Thanks for advance.

asked 08 Apr '15, 14:27

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edited 08 Apr '15, 23:47

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aseerel4c26 ♦


Where did you download the "routable Brazil OSM" from? Whether it supports routing on OSM tracks would very much depend on how the data was created.

As a bit of background, when I create maps for my own use for Garmins I create one that does route on publically accessible tracks from OSM (but not private ones) for an eTrex handheld and one that doesn't for the Nuvi car satnav.

EDIT: Aha - you're talking about following a GPS trace that you uploaded to the device I think?

I'm surprised at the limit of 50 points per route - my old eTrex Vista HCx supports up to 500 waypoints per route.

(08 Apr '15, 14:31) SomeoneElse ♦

what do you mean by "featured for tracks"? Do I see it correctly that your question is not OSM-related but just about Garmin's device features?

(08 Apr '15, 14:31) aseerel4c26 ♦

@SomeoneElse I've downloaded from using Generic Routable (new style) option

(08 Apr '15, 14:43) marcelorodrigo

No thats not possible with the Garmin Etrex, no matter what map you use, this device simply doesn't have turn by turn navigation for tracks

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answered 08 Apr '15, 17:37

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BTW why do you use in the routing function so many points? Maybe better try the openfietsmap (bicycle) from for cycling

(08 Apr '15, 17:41) ligfietser

Hmm, I think openmtbmap very successfully offers Garmin maps which allow routing with turn-by-turn instructions over tracks/paths for a wide range of devices: Certainly I usually use the All-in-One style for routing by foot with no problems.

(08 Apr '15, 20:38) SK53 ♦

SK53, please do not confuse a Garmin "Track" with path or track on OSM. What Garmin called a track is a breadcrumb trail of a route that has been recorded or created on the computer.

(08 Apr '15, 21:39) ligfietser

Try to convert your track to a route, e.g. by using gpsbabel. For routes your Garmin device will provide turn by turn navigation. However calculating a 200 km route on a Garmin Etrex will take ages, better split up the track into several sections. And try to reduce the number of points per route, gpsbabel can also help you with that.

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answered 08 Apr '15, 20:32

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I don't know if this is still an issue for you, but I had the same problem and figured it out. I wrote a tutorial so it would be available to everyone. Good luck!

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answered 12 Dec '20, 19:01

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edited 13 Mar '21, 22:06

Could you add the essential steps to your answer? In case your link goes dead.

(15 Mar '21, 07:23) scai ♦

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