Garmin Forerunner & Google Maps
I'm considering purchasing one of the Garmin Forerunner products. I'm primarily interested in the unit to record my ride and waypoints along a given route to later upload and overlay on to top of a map (mapmyride, google maps, maybe even some of the Garmin Map series like Topo US, City Navigator etc).
Does this unit have any restriction in doing any of the following? I won't be needing it for any of the cycling features, but rather a unit to use when Mountain Biking, Road Riding, or running to later upload and check out my route and keep detailed logs of favorite routes and trails etc.
Thanks for any feedback.
runnin' down a dream
Nope, it should do just what you want it to. I got the Forerunner 405 yesterday - taking it for it's first run (unfortunately on the treadmill) tonight.
Can anyone elaborate on just what steps (how much work) are required to take a route stored on the unit and upload it to a PC, then how to overlay that say on googlemaps or US topo? Does it require a lot of "fudging and messing around" or is it pretty straight forward.
Being a Mac user, I don't know quite what's available in the Windows world, but there's Mac freeware that will read directly from a GPS and save as KML (e.g., LoadMyTracks). Google Earth can also read directly from a GPS connected to your PC. You can then save your GPS track from Earth as KML or KMZ (the zip-compressed version of KML).
Originally Posted by talbert
You can upload KML (or KMZ) to any website where you can get to it with a URL. In Google Maps, you can type the URL into the search field where you'd normally type the name of a location, and your GPS tracks get drawn on Google Maps.
If you want to get fancier, Google documents the Maps API and the Google Earth API, with examples.
I use the FR 305 with Sporttracks on the PC. Couldn't be much easier. You can get the drivers from Garmin's site (Sporttracks even tells you where to find them.)
I have the Edge 705 now, but I logged thousands of miles on the FR305 last year. The 405 appears to be a bit smaller, which would be nice. I'm not sure what other new features it has over the 305.
MapMyRide has a function on their site to retrieve files directly from the 305. Plug it in, log into the site, click the button, and it happens automatically.
I use TrainingPeaks.com, which exports to Google Earth, Google Maps, and Yahoo Maps (plus it'll show cadence, heart rate, elevation, etc). It's not a free service though.