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Change the route map display line width

The Zumo 396 displays a colored line on the map when following a route. The default is a rather narrow line that is difficult to discern from all other road lines on the map. To increase the width of this line, use this procedure.

  1. Connect the Zumo 396 to a computer via the USB port. With a file explorer tool, navigate to Computer\zumo 396\Internal Storage\Themes\Map.
  2. Copy the file in the Map folder named Garmin.kmtf to a working folder on the computer like Downloads.
  3. Open the copied file with a text editor like Notepad.
  4. Near the end of the file, change the line
    <STYLE field = "MAP_TRK_CLR" scale = "1.00" > to ...
    <STYLE field = "MAP_TRK_CLR" scale = "2.60" >
    The "2.60" can be any number great than the default "1.00" to make the line thicker.
  5. Save the edited file.
  6. Copy the new file back to the original Map folder replacing the original.

I maintain a base set of waypoints and tracks for my GPS navigator that are useful when travelling in Baja Mexico. Often I start with this base set then add the waypoints, tracks and routes specific to a trip to create the plan that I load into the GPS for a Baja trip.

I've stayed at the Hacienda many times over the years. On each trip, I've spent time with Alfonso Cuesta. A very interesting man. He was a pilot that would land his plane right on the beach in town. Took his family in the plane on vacations around Mexico. The last time I met him he was building a neighborhood in the desert outside town with just the help of one other person. Took us (myself and traveling companions) out to see it.

Unfortunately, from his son, I learned he died a few years ago at more than 90 years old. I'll miss him.

Found this reference to him and the hotel in the book "Baja Legends" by Greg Niemann.

Read excerpt here: hacienda_hotel.pdf

Alto = Stop
Tope = Speed bump
Peligroso = Dangerous
Cuidado = Caution
Despacio = Slow
Detecha = Right
Izquierdo = Left
Derecho = Straight
Entrada = Entrance
Salida = Exit

Excerpt from Nicholas D. Kristof as published in the New York Times on May 30, 2009.

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