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Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

1 hour 34 min ago
We did it about 3 years ago. From Toulouse it was tarmac initially, but as you loop round the lakes at Port Lauragais the tarmac ends. As I recall the compacted gravel surface was ok as far as Castelnaudary, but we encountered the roots before reaching Carcassonne, and they were roots indeed. I'm surprised we didn't break anything they were so exposed and so gnarled. After Carcassonne we used the roads instead! It was a bit tedious getting away from the town, but the rest of the way was fine. After Sallelle d'Aude the towpath route takes you across a semi disused railway bridge. The practice is apparently tolerated." If a train should come along it will wait for you" we were told. Be advised though, that once across the river you will have to descend a steep embankment - obviously not a ride, but possibly still a problem if heavily loaded.

I would recommend using as much towpath as you can bear. Its very restful with the trees and the cicadas, and the trees apparently are doomed. You wont see the like again.

FWIW we found Carcassonne a disappointment. The castle has been extensively reconstructed (and re imagined?) and you couldn't even appreciate that for the crowds and the overlay of souvenir shops. we would still have liked to tour the citadel but there were no English language tours on the day, and when we noticed the crowds moving in lockstep along the battlements we were glad we weren't up there. The overall feeling was "Fake!"

Re: Neo Air Venture sleeping mat

2 hours 39 min ago
I've had an original Neoair (same as XLite, looks like) for 5 years with no punctures or failed baffles

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

3 hours 28 min ago
You may not be able to use Garmin Maps. Check before buying. You can certainly use Velomaps.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

3 hours 31 min ago
Tool menu select Trip Pages and then Map. From there you can then enable/disable the installed maps.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

3 hours 33 min ago
You can have multiple maps on the Edge Touring. In the

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

4 hours 5 min ago
Mick F wrote:monxton wrote:It depends on the model. Older Garmins will only read maps from the file GMAPSUPP.IMG.You may be correct, I don't know.

I only started using two maps with my Garmin Montana. I never tried it with my Edge 705, but I don't see how it would have complained if I had done.

I have other maps saved on my computer ready to download to my Montana if I wanted them, and all I would need to do would be to make sure they all had different .IMG names.

Whatever happens, it's worth a try. Save the maps to your computer, then put them back into your Garmin as a different .IMG names. If it doesn't work, you've lost nothing.

Pretty sure that the Garmin Tour - which is what this thread is about! - ONLY sees one file name ... thus the jiggery pokery with multiple SD cards. [As a lateral thought ... and a trick I've used on a tablet for something else is to store more than one map on an SD card with different filenames BUT change the name of the file you want to use to the default Garmin name ... you'd need a either a PC or an OTG cable and SD card reader to make the filename change on a phone/tablet]

Rob

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

4 hours 38 min ago
monxton wrote:It depends on the model. Older Garmins will only read maps from the file GMAPSUPP.IMG.You may be correct, I don't know.

I only started using two maps with my Garmin Montana. I never tried it with my Edge 705, but I don't see how it would have complained if I had done.

I have other maps saved on my computer ready to download to my Montana if I wanted them, and all I would need to do would be to make sure they all had different .IMG names.

Whatever happens, it's worth a try. Save the maps to your computer, then put them back into your Garmin as a different .IMG names. If it doesn't work, you've lost nothing.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

4 hours 52 min ago
I have just ordered the uk/ireland map from garmin (you get the sd card with it) and I will also try the velomap. All I want is to be able to cycle on an A road when i specify it Being able to have both map types will be a bonus, the open street ones will be better for going off the beaten track I will be disapointed if it still has the same issue!

I hope the person who originally posted is watching this!

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

4 hours 53 min ago
It depends on the model. Older Garmins will only read maps from the file GMAPSUPP.IMG. Modern models, such as the eTrex 30, will read any img file in the right directory, so you can have several on the same card without having to keep renaming them.

Re: Neo Air Venture sleeping mat

5 hours 15 min ago
This is the new Thermarest self inflating mat: http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/ ... -mat-p3608. It's 50 mm thick and I will be getting one when they bring it out in 3/4 length.
A hiking friend has a Neo Air. He loves the comfort but has never been convinced about it's longer term durability.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

5 hours 25 min ago
You can rename them.
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Re: Bordeaux to Narbonne

5 hours 46 min ago
The Canal du Midi is nice if you want to tootle along on an MTB or big tyred hybrid. If you wish to make any progress, it's a waste of time. I've done it twice. I always end up getting off and riding on the road. The tree roots can be pretty bad and it gets very busy so you can end up stuck behind large slow groups. The D road running alongside is superb. Oh and I was on a tourer.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

6 hours 9 min ago
I've got the Velomap maps for France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK and they all work on my Garmin Touring .... they are on individual microSD cards ... the downside (amongst a number) with Garmin is that the map files it loads are all the same filename so you can't load more than one at a time ... hence needing separate microSDs - but the 8Gb (max for Garmin to handle) cards are as cheap as chips nowadays.

Rob

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

6 hours 15 min ago
hexhome wrote:Yup, I've checked. It will accept multiple maps. You can have a map for every activity if you wish. Give Velomap a try.

Hi,

this may be a breakthrough, previously I was told you could not load the other garmin maps by garmin support, this must be a new facility in the last firmware update! Great spot hexhome!

I will report back if I am successful.

Regards,

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

7 hours 6 min ago
Yup, I've checked. It will accept multiple maps. You can have a map for every activity if you wish. Give Velomap a try.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

7 hours 11 min ago
Does it not have a memory card slot?

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

7 hours 37 min ago
the garmin touring/touring plus comes with open street map as far as I am aware you can't put other maps on.

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

7 hours 39 min ago
It's all about the maps and how they prioritise routes which suit you. Find the right map set and you will be happy. My preference is for Velomaps and the Garmin routing set to 'car'. This gives very cycle friendly routes.

Re: Holland

10 hours 19 min ago
I've done many circular day rides elsewhere in Holland but never from Amsterdam. I would recommend this site though, it has an interactive map and a ride planner(it's also in English if you click your mouse on the Union Jack symbol in the top right corner of the webpage);

http://www.nederlandfietsland.nl/fietsrouteplanner

Re: Neo Air Venture sleeping mat

10 hours 58 min ago
Hi
Would endorse other positives. Use this for long climbing trips (3-4 weeks) and cycle touring. Packs small, reasonable weight, long enough at 6', comfortable even at altitude and sleeping on snow and ice. Only minor downsides: can be noisy moving around on and takes a little more care and time to pack small, but these have never bothered me. I replaced the stuff sac in which it came with small net bag and this works well. Expensive but worth the price and has been very durable so far.

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