jon bon stovie
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes: bridgestone 400 fixed gear conversion, dawes touring bike (model unknown)
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download google earth for free.
similar to google maps, but you can tilt the image from the bird' eye view. instead of viewing from a satellite, it would be like viewing from a very low flying plane. you can look out on the terrain and get a much better feel for the different elevations. you can see hill, mountains, and valleys. very useful when selecting your route. plus you can get a feel for vehicle volumes on roads because you can actually see a sample of the cars that drive on your potential route. alos, you can see if the road has a shoulder or not.
i used google earth to map out a small trip across most of new hampshire i will be taking next weekend. we'll see if it comes through!