My backup: Navigation using Organic Maps
While I always use a Garmin navigation device on my journeys, I need a backup just in case it breaks. With the mobile app Organic.Maps I found a great solution. Organic.Maps is a fork of Maps.me that was formed when Maps.me started
offering paid services.
Characteristics of Organic Maps
Organic.Maps is available for iOS and Android, uses Openstreetmap Data and is free.
The planning of the routes (tracks & waypoints) is done as usual in Basecamp.
From Basecamp, the planning data is exported as GPX and converted into KML using my program GPX_2_KML.exe. Exporting directly from Basecamp to KML will not fully suit colors etc!
In the end it looks something like this:
To increase readability, it is a good idea to divide a longer tour into individual routes (e.g. by day). This gives you the possibility to switch on/off the individual routes (days) in Organic.Maps. In addition, you can see immediately where the day’s stage starts and ends.
To convert the GPX data into KML for Organic Maps I wrote this program. Just download it and unload the zip file. You will find 4 files:
If you need the Python source code, send my a personal message.