enduro dirt road adventure map for trail riding following the TET or ACT

Here you get maps, explicitly developed and compiled for your next enduro dirt road adventure using a Garmin GPS. In December 2019 all maps have been substantially redesigned so dirt tracks are identified more precise.

What makes these maps so special?

There are many maps available to navigate your car or motorcycle on roads, but none for enduro offroad or trail riding. Riding adventure tracks like Trans Euro Trail (TET) or Adventure Country Tracks (ACT) you face a different need.

Why a special dirt road map?

None of the maps I had on hand did support my need of high contrast e.g. when navigating through forests. Often dirt roads or pathes are hard to recognize. On top I had the strong need being able to autoroute those dirt roads while avoid routing into hiking pathes or military areas.

What are the typical features of this map?

  • High contrast, in particular when fully zoomed in.
  • Good oversight when zooming out.
  • Routing on dirt roads while maintaining the ability to navigate connecting sections on the road. This only needs you to set your routing options in your GPS.
  • Planning dirt road adventures in advance is key. You may want to know if the track you plan to follow is asphalt, gravel, dirt or grass. That’s what you see on this maps immediately! Of course it depends on the quality of Openstreetmap data.
  • Supporting your ideas, the map includes 1″ digital elevation data (DEM). This is the best DEM data available for the public.
  • What does this mean, how can it support me?
    • The map is displayed in Mapsource or Basecamp with 3D shading and showing height data.
    • When planning a trip, knowing the height and incline of your route can be very essential. In Basecamp or Mapsource you can immediately see the actual height beneith your mousepointer.
    • Your planned routes & tracks include the height data.
  • Keeping the map clean, information of little interest is suppressed (e.g. Kindergarden, Hair dresser).
  • Certain information is of special interest for Enduro rider. This must be visible when you zoom out so to easy find it on the map:
    • Where to stay tonight: Hotels, Campgrounds
    • Having problems: General motorcycle dealer, highlighting KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha and BMW dealer.

What’s the price for the maps?

Here comes the next good message to you. The dirt road adventure maps are free of charge. I’m using Openstreetmap data and I want to support this community!

Where can I get the maps?

Let’s go for them here!

All download links point to my Cloud Drive Hoster „Strato“. You need to accept the download from there.

Central

In terms of trail riding, this map may not be that essential. Nevertheless it will route you towards your trail riding entry points.

Central Europe enduro dirt road adventure map for trail riding following the TET or ACT
Latest update: 17 February 2020
Windows Installer.
IMG (GMAPSUPP) for Garmin Device.
GMAP for MAC or Windows. Follow installation instructions from this website.

East

As I see increasing download rates for my East map, I decided to carry on providing it not only for Poland: Czech Republic and Slovakia are now included as well, closing the link to the SouthEast map.

East Europe enduro dirt road adventure map for trail riding following the TET or ACT
Latest update: 17 February 2020
Windows Installer.
IMG (GMAPSUPP) for Garmin Device.
GMAP for MAC or Windows. Follow installation instructions from this website.

South East

For the majority of TET and ACT trail riding, this map should cover your needs. The TET Italy is either very close or crosses the border to France, Sitzerland and Austria. To maintain your navigation flexibility, this areas are covered with this map too.

For the ambitious ACT riders, the area of the Italy, Greece and Romania trails are covered.

SouthEast Europe enduro dirt road adventure map for trail riding following the TET or ACT
Latest update: 17 February 2020
Windows Installer.
IMG (GMAPSUPP) for Garmin Device.
GMAP for MAC or Windows. Follow installation instructions from this website.

West

You plan to follow the dirt road adventure trails through Spain and Portugal? France? Take this one!

West Europe enduro dirt road adventure map for trail riding following the TET or ACT
Latest update: 17 February 2020
Windows Installer.
IMG (GMAPSUPP) for Garmin Device.
GMAP for MAC or Windows. Follow installation instructions from this website.

UKI (Great Britain, Ireland)

You plan to follow any dirt roads through Great Britain, Ireland or Isle of Man? Take is one.

This map is my newest development. If there are any errors in the navigation logic (driving left / right?) please feed back by sending me a >mail<.

Latest update: 17 February 2020
Windows Installer.
IMG (GMAPSUPP) for Garmin Device.
GMAP for MAC or Windows. Follow installation instructions from this website.

Changes

02/2020:

    • Map:
      • Made map international. Cities are shown in their native countries name. For international translation, the international name is set in (paranthesis).
        I select the international name in following sequence: English, if that is not available in German if that is not available in French.
      • Nature reserve, national parks are expressed now according to https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:boundary%3Dprotected_area paragraph: Nature-protected-area.
      • Solar panel power plants are now shown as sometimes gravel roads lead through them – but in fact you can’t follow them as solar power plants are fence protected.
      • Map is compiled now in two variants for better visibility:
        1. GMAP / EXE Installer: Lines are more narrow to have a better view on PC screens (Thin layout).
        2. Garmin device image „gmapsupp.img“ : Wider lines for better readability (Thick layout).
      • Garmin device image „gmapsupp.img“ : Name of Mapset in Device now in line with Map Name (Central, SouthEast ….)
    • TYP File:
      • All Polygons, Lines, Points are English (default) or German. If for instance your device is set to Spanish, points, lines etc. should be shown either with their native expression defined in OSM or it will default to English.
      • TYP file has been changed a little for gravel / dirt roads. There have been nasty flares on the Montana 680 for those type of roads. Should be fixed now. Examples see Legend.

How do I install the maps?

Instructions for Windows users

You have two options: Either use the installer to install the maps in a traditional way or use the modern Garmin GMAP format.

Windows Installer: Just double click and follow the instructions.

GMAP

      • Unpack zip file and move the Central.gmap folder to the default Garmin map folder. „Central“ ist used as a placeholder and should be changed for the other regions.
      • The location of this default folder depends on the Windows version.
        • C:\ProgramData\GARMIN\Maps
          This is the standard for newer PCs running Windows 7 / 10. If you read this website on your PC, you may copy & paste following:

          file:///C:/ProgramData/Garmin/Maps


          into an empty Browser window command line to check if your PC’s folder holds some installed Garmin maps already. A window like this should appear:
        • C:\Users\{user}\AppData\Roaming\GARMIN\Maps (hidden folder!) or
        • c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\garmin\maps (Win XP)
      • You can also put the map on another folder or drive, make a shortcut and place that shortcut in one of the folders above.
      • An easier way to install the map is by using Javawa GMTK: http://www.javawa.nl/gmtk.html

Instructions for Mac OSX users

      • Make sure Garmin Basecamp is installed and closed;
      • Also MapInstall and MapManager for the Mac must be installed.
      • Unpack the zip file.
      • Double-click on the Central.gmap folder to run Garmins Mapmanager or start Garmin Mapmanager and find the Central.gmap folder to install it. Central“ ist used as a placeholder and should be changed for the other regions.

Garmin IMG Maps

Ready to use images are provided for your Garmin. Simply copy them to your Garmin’s SD card into folder \Garmin. Never copy to the device itself!

Changing the maps layout in your Garmin device

As stated earlier, the Garmin IMG maps by default show a wider layout than what you see in Basecamp. This is done to have a better „readability“ matching the needs of a large (PC) or small (Garmin device) display. In case you install only individual tiles using MapInstall (Basecamp) or Mapsource, the thin line layout will apply to your new Garmin IMG map (gmapsupp.img). If you want to change the layout in your Garmin device, I provide a small tool:

ReplaceTYP.Zip (350.2 KiB)
Letzter Update Februar 16, 2020

Change the layout of your Garmins IMG.

Instructions:

  • Unzip ReplaceTyp.zip to a directory of your choice.
  • Keep all provided files in the same directory.
  • Drag and drop the gmapsupp.img on ReplaceTyp.cmd .
  • Select Thick or Thin lines.
  • Done.

Attention: Never drag & drop Garmin images from other sources – you will loose the original style and the map may no longer be working!

Examples:

Basecamp. Thin Layout
Screenshot of the Garmin Montana 680 display. Same area as above.
Thick layout.

Motorcycle Dealers POI

I frequently publish Points of Interest in Garmin POI file format – listing motorcycle dealers for BMW, KTM, Husqvarna, Honda, Yamaha.

Even if the page is written in German language, it should be self explanatory where to download and what. You find it here: https://www.motorradtouren.de/downloadbereich/points-of-interest-fuer-das-garmin/

 


Legend

The elements as they show up on your map / device. Language is English / German.

On your device (Thick Layout)

Points Thick Layout
Lines Thick Layout
Polygons Thick Layout

In Basecamp (Thin Layout)

Points Thin Layout
Lines Thin Layout
Polygons Thin Layout

Basecamp: Handling the map

How to handle Basecamp using the enduro dirt road adventure maps in 3D visualisation.