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    Garmin Edge Touring Behaving Oddly

    I got on Garmin Connect the other nite and saved a new course and downloaded it to the Edge. The course was a big square, about 15 miles per side. All on state hiways.

    I was out today to ride the course. On the Edge I loaded up the saved course and hit Ride. It picked up where I was and things looked good. About 2 miles out it starts beeping telling me I need to turn down this dirt road. The road is definitely not on the course route.

    So I ended up exiting that and just having the Edge track my ride, which it did flawlessly.


    Can't figure it out. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I've nicknamed my Garmin "Goofy" for its habit of beeping every time there's a dirt road or farm driveway, to warn me not to go that way. (Really? I'm too stupid to follow the yellow line down the middle of this road?)

    From the behavior you describe, I'm betting the GPS is set to recalculate the route. Two miles out it finally finished its calculations, and decided to route you quickly to the end, involving some dirt roads. Make sure the recalculate option is off (it also eats the battery).

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    It appears from posts in the Garmin Forum that the Edge Touring always uses route recalculation. See this thread. They are trying to get the Touring to just follow their uploaded route.

    I could never get my Edge 705 to do turn-by-turn routing. It would fail to load a route, or tell me I had reached the end when I was at the start of a loop ride. Occasionally it would all work, with 30 second countdowns to each turn, with the street name displayed. But it was way too unpredictable.

    So I started using .tcx files and Training-->Courses. These load quickly and reliably. They show the distance to the next few turns on a separate screen, but the main map screen just has a purple line of the route, with left or right arrow icons at the turns. And it shows "Off course" if I miss a turn. This is "good enough" to navigate an unknown route, and it always works. I recently got a $25 replacement battery so I could keep running my 705 instead of uh, "upgrading". The battery swap was easy.

    BUT, they don't have a Courses option on the Edge Touring. Why not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
    It appears from posts in the Garmin Forum that the Edge Touring always uses route recalculation. See this thread.
    No, that isn't the case. Though, you may have check that "recalculate" is off.

    Quote Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
    I could never get my Edge 705 to do turn-by-turn routing. It would fail to load a route, or tell me I had reached the end when I was at the start of a loop ride. Occasionally it would all work, with 30 second countdowns to each turn, with the street name displayed. But it was way too unpredictable.
    The trick is not have the course end at the start (end the course before the actual end point). You want to be nearer the start point than the end point when you start. Sometimes, starting the course just after you start moving can get things to work.
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    I found my Edge 800 gets really confused if there is a discrepancy between the map used to create the route, the map on the device, and where a road is in reality. Wherever the route crosses a road on the onboard map the GPS assumes there is an intersection and gives you turn directions.

    To ease the confusion I fixed the roads on OpenStreetMap, then used OpenStreetMap for both on my Garmin and for creating the route. RideWithGPS gives you the option of using OSM to create a route, but it won't automatically modify the route if you switch from one map to another after the route is laid down. RideWithGPS is handy since it also lets you route down alleys and through parking lots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    I've nicknamed my Garmin "Goofy" for its habit of beeping every time there's a dirt road or farm driveway, to warn me not to go that way. (Really? I'm too stupid to follow the yellow line down the middle of this road?)

    From the behavior you describe, I'm betting the GPS is set to recalculate the route. Two miles out it finally finished its calculations, and decided to route you quickly to the end, involving some dirt roads. Make sure the recalculate option is off (it also eats the battery).
    Yup, recalculate was on. Emphasis on WAS. The thread on the Garmin site also mentioned laying out the course using OpenStreetMap instead of Google. So I re-did the course in Garmin Connect. Based on another suggestion I laid out the course so start & finish are about a mile apart. So much for the Loop Back feature.

    Problem is it may be a while before I can do that course again. So I will probably map a small course in my neighborhood using the above parameters and see if it gets any better.


    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    One day I may read the manual. At least I've downloaded it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athens80 View Post
    One day I may read the manual. At least I've downloaded it.
    To me the manual was written like you are supposed to know what they are talking about. "To do xyz go to this menu and do this" - Well if you don't know what xyz is, the rest is pretty useless. This is my first GPS so I need something that says what the feature does, not so much how to do it.

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