I've been reading about GPS options for an upcoming tour and what I want seems so simple but getting a definitive source which points me towards it has been surprisingly elusive. So here's what I'd like to do:
1.) Get a GPS - Easy enough, I've decided on the Garmin GPSMap 62s for it's bright screen, AA Batteries, and General good reviews
2.) Plan my route on my desktop computer (mac) with turn by turn directions plotted out and following the Bicycling the Pacific Coast book
3.) Transfer that route to my GPS so that I can load it up at my start point and follow the line to my destination.
Simple enough, right?
But this is what I'm wondering:
1.) What Mac software can do this sort of route planning? Garmin Basecamp seems to be loathed by everyone who reviews it and the Garmins can read .gpx files so can I create a route using other software and load it in via .GPX? If so, is there any amazingly great software out there? It doesn't need to be freeware, either. I'm happy to pay for quality mapping software.
2.) Do I need to buy extra Garmin maps beyond what comes with the 62s?
3.) Can I just create my whole 850 mile tour as a single route in some software and follow it from day to day or would I break it up into segments on my GPS? Can the GPS handle a long route, in other words?
Anyone who knows their stuff about GPS feel free to chime in because I'm a super noob on this stuff!