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Jenny on 6/21/2022 10:29:30 AM:
Ok peeps, I'm trying to chart the path from DC to Cumberland into Strava so that I can import it to my Hammerhead GPS Navigation system, but Strava wants to keep rerouting me onto the highway. Any tips before I pitch it out the window? I'm new to this. Please help!

Bill in Houston from Houston on 6/21/2022 5:34:04 PM:
From the little I know, Strava isn't the best for that. People tend to use RideWithGPS. I keep waiting for Google to do all this stuff, but they haven't jumped on it...

WM22 on 6/23/2022 9:13:18 PM:
When creating your route on strava, I find it much easier to do it on the computer (in a browser) rather than on your smartphone. Additionally, when creating your route, you can select "Use Manual Mode" which will allow you to click point on the map, regardless of whether or not they're on the road. The tool will then draw a straight line between points. I typically turn this tool on when going on paths that don't show up on Strava, and then turn it off when on paths that Strava doesn't struggle to select.

Terry Fitz from Baltimore on 6/24/2022 4:36:19 PM:
Besides, who really needs Strava on a trail like the C&O towpath? It is pretty hard to make a wrong turn, and there are mile markers every mile. I may be old fashioned (at age 73), but this is the perfect place for one of those things on paper.... What did they call them ? Oh, ya... a map. That will tell you all that you need to know. It is important to remember that this little electronic device is nothing more than a stupid computer. It can only do what people tell it to do. A map gives you the info you need to make decisions on your own - without a false sense of confidence... For what that's worth.