Anyways…the increased road riding has given me the time to really test out the mapping features on the new Garmin Edge 705. A couple of friends of mine decided that they wanted to try out a new route on Monday that was a charity ride in our area. Normally, I hate doing new routes or trails without the aid of someone who has ridden it before. I am not a fan of wasting time with a map as we try to figure out if we are actually lost or the next turn is really just at the end of that next hill. Some like the adventure of that kind of riding…I just like to ride. With road routes, you have the increased stress of traffic and even when it is a known route (like this one was for a charity ride with multiple mileage options), you won’t know if it is well marked until you get there.
Convert Google Maps Data to GPX
Version 6.4b: 2009.03.20
The Google Maps API is great, but it doesn’t have an easy way to export data in GPX format. This bookmarklet is my attempt at a hack to get information out of Google Maps and into GPX, suitable for loading on a GPS.
This bookmarklet can create a GPX file based on driving directions, an address search or a local search. The GPX file will contain a route, a single waypoint, or up to ten waypoints, respectively. The code for extracting waypoints from local search originally came from this page.
If you’re looking for a utility to display GPX files in Google Maps, I recommend GPS Visualizer.