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Old 10-10-10, 01:46 AM
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Trying to find a detailed electronic map of the world ...

Hi tourers,

I've just made a search on amazon for an electronic (pdf or the like) version of a world map to be used for touring, however, did not find any?? If any of you knows of such an electronic map I'd appreciate your feedback

Greetings,

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What exactly are you looking for? One pdf file that has enough detail to show you all roads and trails of the whole world? If so, such a thing would not be very feasible. The file size would be way to large and your PDF reader wold take way to long to open it up.

Now, a collection of PDFs would work but I doubt that there is one location with all the world up to date. I guess one could argue that you can create a world map from the data of the OpenStreetMap project (https://www.openstreetmap.org/).

Also I don't think that a commercial product that has the whole world mapped in detail would be affordable for the average person.
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Google Maps has not only the map but the satelite and street view of just about anywhere you'll ever want to tour in the world.
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Originally Posted by RaiderInBlue47
Google Maps has not only the map but the satelite and street view of just about anywhere you'll ever want to tour in the world.
Well, it depends where you want to tour. There are pretty big chunks of Russia and central asia, for example, where settlements that look a decent size on the satellite pics appear on the map as featurless white shapes apparently unconnected by any roads.

OP, I think cbike is correct. A world map with sufficient detail to be useful for touring would be unfeasibly large, and I can't really imagine why anyone would want one anyway, given the availability of maps of suitable scale on a country-by-country, region-by-region basis.
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Hi all,

Appreciate your comments ...

@cbike: You may be right, however, I'm planning to bike in Asia, North & South America, Africa, Europe and - sooner or later - will need maps that cover these areas. And I thought it feasible to have a map that I could use on my laptop. On second thought it may not be that obvious as I may need to have the map handy in all sorts of weather so will leave the detailed electronic version of a map here.

If any of you knows of a reasonably detailed overview map of the world (again pdf or the like) e.g. for planning I'd be pleased to hear about it. It should be an offline version as in many cases I will not be online.

Greetings from Denmark,

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Watch out for google maps and google earth. Their maps are often many years out of date. In Panama for example, they fail to show a LOT of new construction. They can be used for a general lay of the land, but outside the parts of the world with frequent updates they are iffy.
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Hi Jesper,
As a general rule I think google maps is as good as you're going to get although there may be better online maps for individual regions. It's going to help you with pre-planning but in some places good old fashioned paper maps might be better.

I'm heading to Denmark at the end of this month, any suggestions for a days ride out of Aarhus?
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I concur that Google is about as good as it's going to get. Any map you will get -- paper or digital -- is likely to be out of date. Google is free and for a trip like this you will almost certainly want a GPS-capable smartphone (with a spare battery and some type of charger).

If that really doesn't cut it, I'd go for a hand-held GPS. World maps won't be cheap, and I wouldn't use this as a primary navigation method, but it can be a great backup.
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All maps..... paper, electronic, or human ..... are anything but complete. It's just the way it is. Prepare yourself the best you can with available maps, and hopefully have some social skills .... it's all you need.

Google is as good as you can get for satellite images, but for aerials(Bird's Eye View) Bing beats the pants off Google . Too bad there just isn't enough aerials taken so far.
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Hello &

thanks for replying Many of you mention Google Maps but I didn't know that they can be used offline ... Do you have a link to where I can download those maps? I'd prefer maps & rather do without a GPS ...

@fang66: I guess it depends on what you want to see/experience and how far a day's ride is for you? If you can do about 70-80 kms/day I'd suggest going north of Århus and maybe into what is called Djursland which is a hilly area north of Århus close to the sea.

But it really depends on what you'd like to experience. If you write a bit about that I'll try to advise you. You may also try to contact the Tourist information at:

https://www.visitaarhus.com/internati...pe-forside.htm

Usually they have various maps & suggestions related to specific wishes.

Best regards,

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Last year was the first time I have taken a netbook on tour - used the google maps on a couple of occasions when I had a connection - but just to finf specific things - like a campsite - not much good when they are zoomed out for planning and really only useful for a reference when in need - paper maps and some reasonable navigation skills is way to go
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