Originally Posted by seanshaf
How do you like the zumo 550? The only thing stopping me is that I've already planned my ride thoroughly on Google Earth and I'm unsure If i can export it to the GPS..Is it even possible to program a route as big as Germany to Iran on the Garmin?
Well, just convert the Google Earth KML files into Garmin GPX files with GPS Babel (Google that).
I haven't planned a route at all. All I know is that I want to go as far as Shiraz and then work my way back. I do think there is such a thing as over planning, which keeps you on a tight schedule and stresses you out. I'm a big believer in chance encounters, getting advise from locals and other travellers and just going with the flow. I have time and this works for me. YMMV. I just get the basic facts as far as security, visas and so on and then just go for it.
I do recommend to get the Iran map from the Reise Know How Verlag in Germany. It's good and indestructable.