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Old 05-26-08, 03:52 PM   #1
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Drawing the rouths on a map on my computer

I do not have any gps or gps programs its a little bit over the edge for me. But i do miss a simpel tool or program for Macintosh or PC to lay down travel drawing lines on a computer world map.
Windows paint could be an idea, but it seem a little to simple. Would also be good if my lines could show distance.
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Old 05-26-08, 04:17 PM   #2
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+1... for zero investment, ya can't beat it. Unless you want elevation profiles/data on relatively flat routes... the website tells ya it ain't worth the data and won't even give a total elevation gained. In that case I use routeslip.com. Basically the same thing.
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Be sure to click the "follow roads" box. If you're planning a super long route, it's best to plan it in sections.
Also, you can click the "elevation" box to get an idea of what kind of climbing you'll have in store.
The elevation feature isn't entirely accurate though, so use it more as a guideline.
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I like bikely.com and gpsies.com.

The German site gpsies.com has a great interface.
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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!
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Google Earth is cool, but slow unless you have a very fast machine. It also won't generate cue sheets.
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Google Earth is cool, but slow unless you have a very fast machine. It also won't generate cue sheets.
my three and a half year old computer, while not the speediest, can handle it well with no huge lag time.

true, google earth will not generate cue sheets. you will have to copy them down yourself. but being able to 'virtually ride' your planned out ride can be a very helpful tool.

even if you use mapmyride.com or another service, i recommend plotting out your course in google earth to get a better idea about sections of the route you are not sure about. google earth saved me six miles off one route by letting me see shoulders on roads that a regular map could not.
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