+1jaskc78 wrote:i like google maps. you can zoom in to see the state routes and back roads and then just drag the route wherever you'd like off the interstate to avoid those. you can also compare it to elevation/terrain maps at home to see where the most scenic routes are likely to be.
just click anywhere on the suggested route and drag it to wherever you want and it'll update the directions, distance, and driving time automatically. of course, i also keep a fold-up map in the back of my riding jacket for on-the-fly adjustments and trip-tracking, but that's more of a safety net type thing rather than a before-hand planning thing.
It is a challenge to create a route on the GPS unit, but much easier on your computer (I've got a Garmin GPS). Funny, but I can create the route I want on the GPS, but have yet to figure out how to create the route I want on Google Maps.Dragon on Wheels wrote:I use google maps too. I'm trying to figure out how to do it in a gps too, but it's not at easy as google maps in terms of picking a specific route and not just the fastest, etc. The gps is nice for avoiding certain roads though(like highways if you want to try to stay on the backroads).