Just received a gamin GPS for Christmas and wanted to share my findings.... In case you haven't heard, Garmin has been working with Google Maps and AOL's Map Quest to make transferring information between the computer and GPS easier.
For a while now.....I've wanted to create a route on Google maps, hit a button, and run the route on my bike with the GPS guiding......
So far......I've had to purchase 2 different Garmins and switch from Google maps to Map Quest to get it to work......
In terms of what GPS/Garmin to buy......you need a Garmin that will let you create your own Routes. Not all do so.......I've found the 600,700, and the newer 1300 and 1400 series to support this. FYI - first time around I purchased the Garmin Nuvi 255w for $90 at Target......it did not support Routing. I ended up with a Nuvi 1300 series for $189.
The second thing you need to do is to register your Garmin via the Garmin website.....and to download and install their Garmin Communicator Plug-in software program. This will enable Google Maps and Map Quest to send info directly to the Garmin.
Both Google Maps and Map Quest will let you create your own Routes.....only Map Quest will let you then transfer that Route to your Garmin. Google Maps will only transfer Points of Interest and a start/end destination.
So..........connect your GPS (with the communicator driver installed).....log on to MapQuest.....set a start and end point.....within the map Drag new points to create your own special route......once done click SEND TO at the top.....check GPS, your unit model number will pop up......select Send Route...... Do the transfer.
From there.....disconnect, put on the bike.....and run your secret set of twisties with turn by turn guidance.