I have a thing for maps.
This isn't complete; if I'm not certain, I won't mark it. On a 50+ mile ride, it's easy to forget the name of the road you took for that stretch, if you were paying attention to that in the first place. And I try not to spend too much time in front of the computer, so I don't turn my GPS files into maps to fill this one in anymore.
This is Snoqualmie Pass, through the Cascades. The blue lines are bike rides, and the orange ones are hikes. Snoqualmie is about an hour from Seattle, so it's the quick and easy mountain getaway, meaning it's the area I visit most often. I should make the same type of map at the state level, or have several more for other places, but I don't currently have paper maps of these areas that are good for drawing on.
Highlighting maps to show bike rides ( or hikes, or kayak outings, or even road trips ) does a few things for me. It's a great motivational tool; once the map picks up some momentum, it's like it wants to be filled in. This keeps my rides interesting. I have a favorite scenic loop I like to do on weekends, and I've been doing variations on it for a few years. Sometimes, instead of that, I'll check the map and come up with a route that takes me through sections of town I haven't biked before. Exploring is fun!
I've lived and biked and hiked in a lot of other places, and don't have personalized maps of those areas.
Now it's your turn. Show off your bike map!