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Old 02-09-12, 11:37 AM   #1
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Show me your bike map(s)

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!
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Old 02-09-12, 04:10 PM   #2
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I use this - http://www.octa.net/bikewaysmap.aspx and Google Maps/Earth. The towns/cities in Orange County are fairly good about updating their construction maps and I use those as well.
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Hmmm... Maps, there is an idea I should look into!
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To be clear, I'm not asking to see maps of the area you ride in. I'm asking to see YOUR personalized maps showing where you've been on your bike.
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Old 02-09-12, 05:28 PM   #5
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Well that makes a difference....sorry.

I don't have them on this system. I think I have all my route maps on the home PC in Google Earth.
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I've got a whole box full of maps at home but no pictures of them. I do have lots of maps loaded up on RidewithGPS. Some of them, like the Knoxville routes, are planning but many of them are rides I've actually done in Colorado, Missouri, the Pacific Northwest, and other places.
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Is that paper? And markers? Where do you buy those things?

Looks like it's almost time for you to move to the other side of the bay so you can fill that in too.
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Is that paper? And markers? Where do you buy those things?

Looks like it's almost time for you to move to the other side of the bay so you can fill that in too.
The bay....hahahha, that is Lake Washington...so he would have to move to the east side
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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!
Is the blue east to west line the old rail line that was made into a trail?
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Portland, Or does a pretty good job in this area

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No san juan islands?
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Is that paper? And markers? Where do you buy those things?

Looks like it's almost time for you to move to the other side of the bay so you can fill that in too.
Oh dear god, no. I didn't move 3,000 miles to live in the suburbs.

And yep, it's paper. That's been pretty convenient, even if it makes me a Luddite. And nice to have on the wall in a corner of my apartment. But I'm also doing a GPS project to make a state-wide map.

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Is the blue east to west line the old rail line that was made into a trail?
Yep. The Iron Horse Trail, including the Snoqualmie Tunnel (which is open again ... but closed for the winter). The section from Twin Falls to the tunnel is a nice ride to do once, but the bike I used for that, many times, had a pretty harsh ride, and one of my memories of the trip is of being sore. I think it's a nicer ride out by the lake.

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I wish I could say I had a thing for map, being a geographer takes the fun out of maps.
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I have a thing for maps...

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!...

Now it's your turn. Show off your bike map!
+1 I too have a thing for maps and I call it cartographilia. Currently my favorite map is the Metropolitan Boston map published by AAA. It is detailed enough to show excellent back roads, large enough to cover a wide area, even to plot century rides, and a convenient size to carry. I always recommend it whenever I post about cycling in Boston.

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…For some generalities, my favorite map is the AAA road map of metropolitan Boston…

…Even though I've lived here for over 30 years, I always get lost on a new ride. Streets are laid out in a haphazard fashion; many streets, particularly the one you are riding on are not marked; they surreptiously change names; and in rotary intersections it's easy to lose your sense of direction. (I don't have a GPS.) …
So a map is imperative to get around the Boston. I don’t mark rides on the map, and there would be a lot of overlap if I did. Most of my long rides are to follow a published 10-week century training schedule with specified daily mileage distances. What I have done is drawn arcs of concentric circles with radii of ten mile increments centered on my home in downtown Boston. I use these to estimate how long a loop might be. I’m often time-limited to train, and my goal is “this far and no farther.”

I’ve obtained AAA maps for other cities and they appear to be similarly suitable.

The one map I did draw a route on was a map of the USA my wife and I used to cross the country on our honeymoon in 1977. We started in Los Angeles intending to ride to Boston, but this big map showed us by Colorado that we were not making enough progress to arrive in time. We then veered towards Washington DC to at least get across the country. We used the big map to guide our way across each state using a state highway map. After 30+ years, the big map is tucked away somewhere, so I can't take a photo, but the trip was so memorable, that I could easily re-create the route day-by-day on another USA map.

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For what it's worth, I've been picking up some GIS skills lately. Here's a proof-of-concept I made. I need to find a better background image, and I need to add the rest of my data (a few thousand files spanning three or four years), then categorize and color code it. But this includes a few of the more interesting rides.





If anyone wants to do the same thing with their data, I used MapWindow GIS (free and open source) and got the background here: http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/globalgis/datasets.htm
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What does a geographer do?
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Maps are what make a geographer a geographer. Other than that, they are just economists, geologists, hydrologists, meteorologist, botanist, foresters, oceanographers, statisticians, etc., etc. I'm having a blast teaching "Map Interpretation and GPS" in the evenings at our local community college.

p.s. Thanks for the tip on MapWindow GIS. Might be something my students can use.
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For what it's worth, I've been picking up some GIS skills lately. Here's a proof-of-concept I made. I need to find a better background image, and I need to add the rest of my data (a few thousand files spanning three or four years), then categorize and color code it. But this includes a few of the more interesting rides.





If anyone wants to do the same thing with their data, I used MapWindow GIS (free and open source) and got the background here: http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/globalgis/datasets.htm
You might be able to drop it into google earth, I know I have done it with a hand held gps
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You might be able to drop it into google earth, I know I have done it with a hand held gps
I have thousands of GPS tracks, and I'm making a single map that includes all of them. Google Earth and Maps aren't up to the task.
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I have thousands of GPS tracks, and I'm making a single map that includes all of them. Google Earth and Maps aren't up to the task.
I developed my own mapping using the Google Map API so I could see all of the Adventure Cycling routes and cut, paste and otherwise create my own routes.
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  • In the upper right "sign in" using username "test" and password "password"
  • In the "sandbox" on the left are the ACA route gps files. Click to load a gps file.

If you are interested in more information Right Mouse Button on "Editor" and select "Editor Information"
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^ That's pretty cool! It's not what I'm wanting to accomplish, but it's very cool nonetheless.
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Most traced by hand on Google Earth for route planning (Before discovering MapMyRide). A couple are GPS tracks.

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