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March 22, 2018

The Garmin Montana 600

Now, it's time (finally) to copy the tracks off of the Garmin Montana 600. I'd forgotten that the battery pack died out on me on the trip. It comes with a rechargable battery pack, and it finally died, so I replaced it with just 3 AA batteries (pillas). So, I replaced the AA batteries. I need to order the original battery pack though.

Now, let's see if I can copy anything meaningful off of the Garmin.

1) Launch EasyGPS.
2) Click on "Receive (from GPS)" icon.
3) Click OK.

So, now I see them in my EasyGPS app, but there's no topo map or anything. So, I save them off as s:\garmin\2017_Peru.gpx

Now, to upload them onto a map.

Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

Select your .gpx file.

Click Map It.

Hmmm. Every time it gets to about 43%, it crashes. So, my guess is that my file is too large. Nice.

The file that I have created is 24Megs, so probably it's too large for the program to handle.

One of the problems that I had on the trip was that I didn't have any software/apps running on the MacBook Air to copy the files off of the Garmin Montana. So, I just kept "archiving" my tracks, trying to keep them from being erased while I was on the road.

OK. So, I'll break the .gpx file up into three parts, based on the times I put my bike on a ship/boat. So, we'll break the trip at the ferry ride from La Paz/Pichilingue to Mazatlan, and the boat ride from Portobelo, Panama to Sapzurro, Colombia.

s:\Garmin\2017_Peru_Part_1.gpx
s:\Garmin\2017_Peru_Part_2.gpx
s:\Garmin\2017_Peru_Part_3.gpx

These files will be available for viewing temporarily at the following website (if they take them down, then I can re-upload them again):
Part 1: Denver, Colorado, USA to La Paz, Baja California Del Sur, Mexico
Part 2: Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico to Portobelo, Colon, Panama
Part 3: San Blas Islands (Guna Yala) to Lima, Peru

Posted by Rob Kiser on March 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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