You can use the popular mapping program MicroSoft Streets & Trips along with GPS Babel to create a GPX file which can be used by this new feature to create a Pocket Query for caches along your route.
This tutorial is divided into three sections:
The example used is a route between Edmonton and Calgary Alberta.
If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me.
"I figured there must be an easy way to allow S&T to automatically generate the route, then go back and add the intermediate stops at major turns. Using the "enter a name" metiond to add a stop in the middle of an already generated route is kind of a pain. I found that if you click on the route itself, the pointer changes to a little flag. If you then click again, and drag just a little bit it will insert a stop for you."
Additional points are added to complete our route to Calagary. Points should be added at major turns in the route to avoid cutting across corners. Streets & Trips will handle almost any number of points without complaint so adding more points at this stage is easy to do and increases the accuracy of the process. However, routes need to be under 500 miles and less then 500 points for use by Geocaching.com
An important point to note here is that while the route generated in Streets and Trips will follow the roads between the points we created, Geocaching.com will assume straight lines between these points. So again, use as many points as required to define your route accurately but stay below the 500 point limit.
Save this Streets&Trips file somewhere you can find it easily again! In the example below it's saved to the GPSBabel directory/folder.
Using Notepad create a BATCH file called ESTtoGPX.BAT in the same directory as GPSBABEL.EXE. In that batch file, put a single line
gpsbabel -r -i msroute -f %1 -o gpx,gpxver=1.1 -F %~n1.gpx
You can copy and paste the line above if you want. Be sure to save the file with the .BAT extension.
Note: Do not double click on this GPX file as GSAK will want to open a database for it.
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Many thanks go to the developers of GPSBabel - Robert Lipe -Chief Babel-Head (and all the rest of the Babel-Heads). Thanks also to all the sites I've linked to.
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