Living with a Garmin: Three Ways to Beat the Waypoints Limit
If you have a modern GPS model, or if you only ever plan day rides or weekend trips, or if you prefer to use autorouting rather than the direct route method, or if you prefer just to follow Tracks not Routes - if any of this applies, then you don't need to know more, you will never encounter these limits, you can stop reading now.
If you use an older GPS, or if (like me) you plan big multi-Route projects for longer cycle tours - and (like me) you prefer to use direct (or off-road) routing mode - then you will encounter the Waypoint Limit, and you should read on ...
||The key to all this is that the Waypoint Limit applies to 'User' Waypoints, that is, points made by using the Waypoint Tool in your software.|
It does not apply to Routepoints - that is, points made by using the Route Tool (in Mapsource, and in some but not all other software). The Routepoint limit is much higher and you are very unlikely to encounter it.
The limit is in any case only applicable to your GPS - it is not apparent in the software on your PC or online - this means that you could do a lot of planning and only discover there's a problem when you come to transfer the Routes - you will see this error message (left) - but if you don't notice it during transfer then the first you'll know is when your Route runs out half-way, on the road!.
Method 1 - plan using a mixture of Waypoints and Routepoints.
You would do this because User Waypoints are more useful and flexible when it comes to naming, moving or re-editing them later.
This is probably the best method, provided of course you know what type of points your software is generating.
To find out, use your usual methods to construct a short, local route - just 5 points, no more, should do it.
Save it out as a GPX file and/or transfer it to your GPS (clear the memory first).
You can open the GPX file in a text editor and inspect it to find Waypoints - which will be near the start of the file and always start with