Hello inmates! A group of my friends have been making the trip to the Copper Canyon region of Mexico for several years. CWC had compiled their tracks into a Garmin compatible custom map of the area using cgpsmapper and GPSMapEdit. His original threads about this can be found here
. That map was last updated with 2010 tracks and since the roads in that region tend to move an update was due. Because I apparently needed a challenge I decided to take over the updates and after annoying the crap out of CWC for a couple months I have a product that might pass as useful containing updates from 2011 and 2012 trips.
Here is the area the map covers:
It starts in Presidio, TX in the northeast and down to Topolobompo in the southwest covering most of the best roads in the copper canyon region. The yellow lines in the pic indicate pavement and the dashed lines indicate non-paved ranging from well maintained gravel to poorly maintained doubletrack.
Here is an overlay of the track used to create the map in GE to show the detail. The GE imagery is at 5000 feet elevation and its showing the switchbacks on the road to Batopilas that comes from the north.
The map is transparent so it can be added on top of any map you have installed on your GPS. I've created an executable file to install the maps into mapsource and can be sent to your GPS like any other map from Garmin. If you have both mapsource and basecamp installed it will also show up in basecamp. These will not work with a mac although I have instructions on how to make it work with a mac if anyone wants to take that on. Let me know.
The map is not routable, meaning if you say you want to go from town A to town B, it is going to show you the route as the crow flys. I'm starting to experiment with making this map routable for the next version.
There is also a gdb file of waypoints as the map itself is mainly just roads. I've got a few towns in the map itself for testing purposes and the next version of this should have may more POI's contained in the map itself.
Link to the map install file
Link to the gdb file of POI's
Note that these maps are in continuous need of updates as they work on the roads in the region. I know currently one of the best sections of roads in the set, from Creel to Batopilas, is currently under construction and is several years from completion. There are threads discussing the status of this road and others in the region so prior to departure, please check the current reports.
All of these roads have been verified by a member of the group of riders I've traveled with personally except one that is just a track created by tracing on Google Earth. That is west of Norogachi and the road is marked at either end as "Track not verified!" and is shown as red when viewed in mapsource.
I plan to continue updating this map so if you have new/updated tracks or POI's, please let me know and I'll get it incorporated into the next version of the map.
CWC has a website with a lot of additional information about the map such as ride time and info on how to get insurance and import your bike... That is located here: http://home.earthlink.net/~ccoonswp/MexLinks.htm
Here are two video's from the 2012 trip. The 1st is video from my helmet cam and the 2nd is a slideshow of pics from several people's cameras:
I have found this community to be a wealth of knowledge that has contributed to a lot of fun on two wheels for myself. This is my attempt to give a little back... enjoy!