I am a planner by nature, and half the fun of this trip is in the actual planning and preparation. One of the most important part of this trip is to plot the route so that we get to see and do as much as possible in the short amount of time we have.
With my new bike, I got the BMW Navigator V. It is a great device and I will do a review of it soon. It comes with software called Basecamp which you can use for free. The thing is, before I got the new bike I was already plotting the route using another routing software called Tyre (I had a TomTom Rider, which is a great GPS system, but the Navigator V integrates far better with the bike). Tyre is much easier to use than Basecamp and thankfully it is able to synchronise with my new Garmin unit.
With Tyre you can approach routing in a couple different ways. You can plot all the points you want to visit and let Tyre create a route for you. The second method, and the one I am using, is to still plot the points of the places you want to visit, but to force the route to go the direction you want you plot a whole lot of other points too. For example, what if I wanted to go from one town to another, but I didn’t want to take the motorway, check out the below two images:
Tyre is available for free. The free version has some advertising as you can see from the below screenshot.
I did end up paying for it as it gives you a couple extra features besides removing the advertising. I am tweaking the route all the time, and will post it up here soon. I have pretty much decided all the places we will go through and which route to take. The next step is to figure out where we will be staying during the trip.