If I am driving a Route and I want to know of eating places where I am. Do I have to go back to the Menu and start at the Where To, an than the POIs, or is there another way to get to the POIs without going back to the Main Menu.
You have to start over at the main menu and Where To again.
Anyone tried adding the restaurant as a via point while on a route? I'm getting ready to do some serious vacation travel in a couple weeks (New England Leaf-Peeping) and have a couple day-long routes already set.
OBTW, I use MS Streets & Trips 2010 to do the initial layout and then recreate the route with Mapsource. Mapsource's interface is so clunky and difficult to enter addresses.
I add via points to a route all the time on a 750/760, works fine provided the via point is actually where the GPS thinks it is. Otherwise it may think you have gone past it or not reached it. Not reaching it is a pain because it will nag you endlessly to go there. This happens a lot when toing to a particular stree number because they are interpolated rather than geocoded in the map database.
I don't know if you "route plan" often but keep in mind you can only save pre planned routes to certain model GPS models (7xx series plus others). There are a lot of quirky things with planned routes. For example, just like when adding a via point, if your route viapoints are not exactly where you physically drive (or you try to deviate from your planned route, or the GPS "thinks" you deviated from your planned route), the GPS will recalculate and throw away the planned route vias in favor of the one it recalculates which ends up being a simple "where to"... from your current location to the final destination with no via points. After that happens, you will have to go back and re initiate your saved route if you really want to continue as you originally planned.
Route planning on a Nuvi is often more trouble than the feature is worth. I most often find it more productive to simply look up all my stops ahead of time so they are right there in my "recently found" lists as I travel.
Thanks for the confirmation. I have an 885T and I'm still learning the quirks and foibles. As to the unit recalculating - that I'm well aware of from my days with a 200 and attempting to "route" using via points.
I've successfully planned a couple of day trips that I converted to routes using both S&T and Mapsource.
Mapsource makes you put in many extra waypoints to force a route and deleting them once you find the "magic" one is a pain in comparison. I'm still not clear on the S&T interface to Garmin using either a USB or over-the-air connection. It seems to send waypoints and Garmin reorders them automatically requiring you to have a list of the correct order before building a route in the unit.
One of the key differences I have found between S&T and Mapsource is you can select segments (start to point 1 = fastest, 1 to 2 = shortest, 2-4, fastest, etc.) in S&T to route either fastest or shortest. Mapsource won't do segments as it applies the selection to the entire route.
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