Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
I take an approach similar to the one Buck has described above. But, rather than creating daily routes, I create daily waypoint goals. For sorting purposes, I addend a number to the name of the city that I use as a waypoint; for example 1010MadisonWI then 1020StPaulMN, then 1030FargoND, etc. The first number indicates day 1, the next three numbers represent the sequence (via Points so to speak) of the waypoints in the order I would expect to encounter them. The next day would be 2010BillingMT, 2020RedLodgeMT, etc. The goal is to have Garmin display every thing sequently by day then by via points.
I have found this gives me some flexibility to create a mini route on the road. Sometimes you meet some locals at a gas stop or rest area and they give you their insight to what the best rides are in there home state. I then slot in a new waypoint between my existing waypoints or current location.
While I am home on my computer I do create daily routes so I can determine approximate daily mileage for general trip planning. I download the tentative daily routes to Garmin (numbering them similar to how Buck has described) along with the waypoints I created but I found that I don't depend on the routes that I create in Mapsource when I am on the ride. As a general rule, I try to keep planned daily mileage to about 600 miles particularly if a lot of slab is involved. If traffic/weather has been good during the day we may dip into the next days waypoints. Conversely, if we don't make all the planned waypoints for a day because we were hopefully lured into some twisties or for for some other reason, we push hard the next day to make up.
This arrangement works okay for me and my group because we generally don't make lodging arrangements until mid day of the day we are riding when we agree on our goal where we would want to eat/sleep at night. If by some reason we wind up in some obscure motel and we leave early before having sufficient coffee and we don't remember exactly where we are (for example, if you roamed around the previous night checking out various hotels or maybe perhaps were over served adult beverages at dinner) I create a morning route from "current location" to the next waypoint in the trip plan.
'07 SturmGrau K1200LT
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
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