10-21-2013, 02:25 PM
Joined: Sep 2008
Google Map trick
Maybe this can be useful to others travelling along our route. We have found that the Garmin NA map set (with Mexico) did not work so well , when entering addresses, so we started to enter coordinates instead.
If you use Chrome, with the latest version of Google maps (Beta) you need to work a bit to find the coordinates.
So first enter the address in Google map. This is our hostal in Oaxaca
El Quijote Hostal Oaxaca
Francisco Javier Mina 509
68000 Oaxaca, Mexico
You will get this URL, copy/paste it in any text application
"https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=El+Quijote+Hostal+Oaxaca%2C+Francisco+J avier+Mina%2C+Centro%2C+Oaxaca%2C+OAX%2C+Mexico&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x85c7226af65b2db5%3A0xd8d6 01126b3cb1a8!3m8!1m3!1d21530907!2d-95.677068!3d37.0625!3m2!1i1259!2i634!4f13.1!4m2!3d17.057994!4d-96.729905"
Then retype the numbers at the end of the “d” and the “!” and it will give you the Lat and Long in decimal
Like this: Lat 17.057994 and Long -96.729905
Copy/paste them back in Google maps with a coma in between: 17.057994, -96.729905 and the decimals will be changed into something you can actually enter in any GPS
It also confirms that you did not make a mistake when copying the actual numbers.