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Saving routes/trips in Google Maps
February 2, 2016
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Steve Johnson
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I’m very confused on how to save a trip I’ve planned in Maps. I’ve read that it doesn’t do it yet sometimes when I open Maps, I see a previous trip. It seems that if you plan a trip in My Maps it might work but then there is not much way to manipulate a My Maps trip and it won’t let you use it for navigation.

After reading an older thread about RV Trip Wizard, I’m tempted. Your posts on Roadtrippers is interesting. But, I’d really rather use Google Maps…plan on the laptop and use on my Samsung S5.  Actually, I’d rather use S&T :-). 

Can you point me to how to save a trip on Maps?

Thanks. 

February 2, 2016
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I hear ya! There is no perfect trip planning tool, since the demise of s&t. RV trip wizard might be worth another look. 

I am using my maps. When you say you can’t manipulate it,  I’m not sure I understand.  I can add and remove destinations. We plan all major stops for the year on it. We don’t see the route,  but I can use it to tap on our next destination and navigate. 

I should do a video on that.

Meanwhile, have you watched these?

  1. Limits on Number of Destinations #327 – it shows how to capture a route that you’ve created with Google Maps
  2. Custom Maps (My Maps) Drawing Lines #377 – uses My Maps, and shows why I don’t bother with route lines
February 3, 2016
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A video would be great. A for instance:

I created a route from Charlotte to Ft Benning GA to use in 3 weeks. We’re back roads people so we have to force it to chose old roads instead of Interstates. Sometimes we insert way points to force it to go a certain way. All is well because this time it saved it (sometimes it doesn’t). So I open it in My Maps and there it is but I cannot do anything with it except look at it. I tried it on my S5 and same thing. Somehow I tried Navigate while showing the route and it calculated them from where I am on the NC Coast rather than Charlotte. 

What I’d like to see in a video:

  • plan a future trip from A to B using back roads (and you’re not in “A”).
  • Make it take a road that it doesn’t offer to avoid a low bridge or something.
  • Close out of Maps.
  • Come back and find that trip. 
  • Maybe modify that trip slightly
  • Bring that trip up on an S5 and navigate it.

Given all the posts on RV.Net etc about missing S&T, one would hope an entrepreneur would come in. Google Maps would be good if you could easily save your work…lots of commentary on the Web about this. Maybe I’ll spring the $39 and try RV Trip Wizard. Wish they had a few days trial offer…their demo isn’t very useful. We’re doing a 5 month journey including 3 in Mexico and would like something useful. My S&T 2013 has the very common authorization problem that can only be fixed by Microsoft by staying on the line with “Joe” in India for hours on end. 

OT: but thanks for what you do. I freeloaded long enough and felt guilty so I’m back. Glad I did because I see stuff that isn’t on the free side. Blogger is next. 

PS: I’ll watch those 2 videos

February 3, 2016
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I edited my previous answer before seeing your response. Check it out and see if you’ve watched those videos.

also, take a look at this article about a large route done in My Maps: https://geeksontour.com/2015/04…..landmarks/

Then, here’s a little trick for using Google maps directions with more 10 destinations (limit seems to be just 8 now) …

using regular google maps,

  1. enter directions for multiple destinations until you reach the limit – leave that tab open and open another tab.
  2. In the new tab open google maps and enter directions for the next 8 destinations.
  3. Now look at the address bar and copy the text there that represents the 8 destinations – starting with the /.
  4. Now go back to the original map and paste the new 8 destinations on to the end of the original url.  In a couple seconds you should now see a map with 16 destinations.
  5. NOW – copy that entire URL and email it to yourself, or save it somewhere that is accessible from your phone. when you open it on your phone, you will see the entire route on Google Maps

Although I think this is a sweet trick – I don’t think it is any kind of solution. We need to find something that helps us plan routes and is built on top of Google Maps.

AS for navigating – by definition ‘navigate’ means take me from where I am to where I want to go. I don’t think there is anyway to navigate from somewhere else to somewhere else.

February 3, 2016
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Re “AS for navigating – by definition ‘navigate’ means take me from where I am to where I want to go. I don’t think there is anyway to navigate from somewhere else to somewhere else.”

Yeah, I worded that wrong :-). What I mean is plan a trip (think you use the term “driving route”)  and save it. Later, open that driving route when I’m at “A” and navigate to “B”. For instance, we’re on the NC coast and travel to/from Robin’s home in the mountains on back roads. We do this a lot. I’d like to save that driving route and when at either end, turn on the S5 and go. If “A” is the Hickory exit on I40 and I’m in the CG, S5 would say “proceed to route”. 

Number of destinations is not a big issue. Using some of the tips in your other videos I chop up the big plan into daily bites. I’d like to plan many of those days in advance and be able to bring them up (and modify, if necessary). 

Thanks! I’ve already got my membership’s money worth!

February 3, 2016
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I getcha.

My Maps can’t actually navigate … you can click on a marker in my maps and navigate to it, but that just opens up Google Maps with the instruction to “Navigate to this point” The only way to have multiple stop navigation is with Google Maps Directions.

I think my little trick of copying the URL is the only option for you. I’m going to try it on our next drive in a couple days and see what I find. I was hoping there was a command to ‘reverse the route’ but I don’t find such a thing. You can drag the stops into a new order (the return trip) and then copy that URL. Then save those urls somewhere calling one: “to the mountain”, and the other “back home”

I’m so glad you’re happy with your membership … spread the word!

February 5, 2016
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Steve, this conversation has inspired me to write an article for the upcoming newsletter, “Google Maps and Multi-Stop Routes” In the process, I noticed a Google Maps route option to Avoid Highways. Just wondering if you’ve ever tried that and if it worked well for you?

My experiment did work – I created a multi-stop route using Google Maps on the computer, then I copied the URL that was created and pasted it into an email to myself. I opened the email on my phone and tapped the URL – it opened up Google Maps and started navigating the route. The only thing I noticed as not desirable is that it only gives the distance to the next stop – not to the final destination.

February 5, 2016
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Yes, I do do the “avoid highways” The problem is that it is absolute…check that and it will not put you on an Interstate no matter what. S&T lets you select degrees of intolerance and will route a “highway” for segments if there is no reasonable alternative.

Glad I inspired something…that doesn’t happen much anymore :-). I’ve played with all known alternatives but I keeping coming back to S&T…and I’m a techno geek guy looking for the newest and bestest. Google Maps is so close but so far.

Guess I’ll have to log into Microsoft and chat with “Joe” for hours on end to get my S&T 2013, that I bought from MS, to work. But “Joe’s” English is better than my Indian/Paki so I’m appreciative and tolerant. 

Or, just point the RV towards Mexico and quit stressing! Thanks Guys!

February 6, 2016
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I do have S&T 2013 working on my Windows 10 machine – so it is possible. Good Luck.

Meanwhile, here is the article I wrote, and it includes on new video #415 

Google Maps and Multi-Stop Routes

February 6, 2016
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Great! Many thanks!

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