Generate Cue Sheets with Elevation Profiles, and Load Routes into Garmin Devices Directly From Google Maps
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- Drag the following to your browser's bookmark/favorite's toolbar or right-click and choose "Add Bookmark"
If you are unable to add a bookmark this simple way, find out how to create a new bookmark for your browser, create one and manually set the URL for the bookmark to:
- Open http://maps.google.com in a browser window and create a route. See Best Practices below for instructions on creating routes in Google Maps.
- Click on the bookmark in your Bookmarks Bar
- Within a few moments you should see your route details including elevation profile.
- A link to your Google Maps route has been saved as a tinyurl shortened url. Keep this if you want to reuse this Google Maps route.
- Customize your cue sheet or Garmin Course by selecting/unselecting any directions Google has included that you want to include/exclude
- Generate a cue sheet or Garmin course as desired. If you want the course imported into a Garmin device, plug in the device and press "Write to Garmin"
Here are some sample routes in Google Maps. Click a link to view the route in Google Maps and then click the GoogleMap CueSheet bookmark.
Best Practices for Creating Routes in Google Maps
The native Google Maps interface is very easy and intuitive for creating routes. A few words of wisdom through experience:
- Choose "Get Directions" and then use Biking Directions or Driving Directions with Avoid Highways selected under "More Options"
- Start by establishing your start point and adding a destination at roughly the farthest point away from your start point. These points can be established by typing in addresses or by right-clicking and using Directions From Here, Directions To Here.
- Drag the blue line around to force Google to choose the roads you desire to get you from point A (Start) to point B
- Right Click at your final destination (often the Start Point) and choose "Add Destination"
- Once again, drag the blue line around to force Google to choose the roads you desire
Questions or Support
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