How to create route in Google Earth and transfer to Garmin GPS (part 1)
NOTE: Latest version of this guide as of 9/21/2012 is in the part 2. Google Earth has some significant changes since this post, so it needed to be updated.
Lesson #1 General overview
I figure this is the most effective way to show people how to get started with creating and transferring google routes to your Garmin GPS. This tutorial is for those that don’t like reading a manual. Follow these steps and leave me question if you have any:
1. Install GoogleEarth for your computer
2. Install Garmin Mapsource
3. Reboot your machine
4. Start your GoogleEarth
5. Create all your “Placemarks” first. This sets up a point to point connection of your path
6. Create routes by connecting placemarks. If you rightmouse click on a placemark, it will give you option to route to/from.
7. Here is what it would look like after you connect everything up. My routes are in white, also notice all the connections I made on the left side of the screen
8. Once you are happy with your newly created route, its time to get it ready for your Garmin GPS. Click on File/Save-as/<route_name.kmz>
9. Open up your web browser to GPSvisualizer.
10. Browse for your .kmz file, be sure to set output file to .gpx, and hit convert button. Your form should look like this.
11. Click on your shiny new .gpx file and do a save-as to your computer
12. Open up GarminMapsource
13. Open the newly created .gpx file from above step.
14. Connect up your Garmin GPS to your computer
15. Click Transfer/send to device.
16. That is it…Gratz.
17. If you got this far, least you can do is leave me a friendly comment below
This will be published dependent on if there is a demand for it.