I've got a couple of TourGuide Custom POI files in development, RT-66 and the Pony Express Ride.
I've gathered photos for 80% of the Pony Express TourGuide and the generated gpi file is about 6MB. It includes one 320x280 image and a description of each of the 93 locations of Pony Express markers, plaques and museums.
My RT-66 TourGuide of 170 POIs only has a couple dozen images, but mostly all the descriptions. It's at 3MB, on its way to over 10MB.
Initially this was discouraging, as who has the free space on their Garmin for a gpi file that large?
Recently, someone over on Zumoforums discovered that if you write protect an SD card after loading a gpi file in SD:/Garmin/POI, the Zumo will ask if you want to import each time it is powered up, but it then uses the POI file from the SD card and does not copy it to the GPS. You only have to say Yes to import it once, after that, it will show up every time that SD card is in the Zumo. This seems like a great expansion area for POI files and POI users.
Next month, I'm on my way to St Joe, MO to ride the Pony Express Route. From Sacremento, CA, I hope to return the long way via RT-66. Both these TourGuides and 1000 mp3s will be on an 8GB SD card. This will be the acid test of my method. I'll share the gpi files when I return.
Thanks to TurboCCC for Extra_POI_Editor for making my life easier creating these.
I'd just leave it on my SD card. 10 Mb would be no problem. I've been looking for a good Rt. 66 tourguide. I think Garmin has one for motorcycles (or at least I saw one somewhere). It will be interesting to see how they work out.
Have a safe trip.
too bad, I'm on the other coast.
Make sure you make a stop at Ted Drew's Frozen Custard when you drive Rte. 66 in St. Louis.
After having watched countless numbers of Route 66 shows, read books, and foodie shows, I know I'll be making a stop at Ted Drew's during my trip to the area in September.
If you happen to be in St Louis on Friday morning, September 25, the Chain of Rocks bridge across the Mississippi will be open (it is only open a couple of times a year). A link to this event is http://www.cane.com/images/2009_Route_66_Cruise.pdf. (Website http://cid-0009b0f318a1d077.events.live.com/?lc=1033) Several car clubs will be descending on St Louis for this, then heading up to Springfield, IL for the "8th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival" (http://www.familyevents.com/event/103) that afternoon and over the weekend. There is a massive convoy of vintage cars as well as roadsters and other vehicles (I will be in a BMW Z3 roadster) that will parade through Springfield.
I have nearly 2000 photos taken on a recent trip from Springfield, IL to Kingman, AZ along Route 66. I took these using a Nikon CoolPix 8800 camera before I had a dSLR with an attached GPS unit (Nikon D90), and I am now in the process of geotagging them. If you need some photos for your TourGuide, please let me know. I can reduce them to a reasonable size (they are currently 8 megapixels and about 1.5 +/- MB each).
I am planning another run on Rt 66 from Illinois to Arizona in early October (need to move a car to AZ) and am planning to hit the locations that I missed, did not get great shots, or shot in the evening with poor lighting.
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