Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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I rough out a route on Google maps, usually using the 'bicyle' routing and maybe looking at some street level photos. When satisfied, I copy the map(manually)to www. ridewithgps.com for transfer as a .gpx track file to my Garmin eTrex. The track is supplemented with a state map that I occasionally consult. Works well for me. 'Couse state/county maps will work fine also with no need for a gps. Pesonal preference.
I don't bother with traffic count info. Too tedious. County, state, US highways away from metropolitin areas are nearly always ok for cycling. They can be checked out with Google satellite/street views.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me