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Old 03-24-14, 02:17 PM
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Another thing about Google Maps, a lot of detailed map data has been opened to anyone interested. For example, the National Land Survey of Finland opened their vector datasets a couple of years ago. Basically any individual or enterprise can build applications utilizing that data, even for commercial use. There is also the open data portal of the European Union (the map section can be found here).

I think Google Maps should rely on such open data where available. I don't see how their own base data could be more accurate, more up to date or more comprehensive than the NLS datasets. They could compete with their functionality though.
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Old 03-24-14, 03:00 PM
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For my upcoming tour, I plan on taking paper maps (PTNY Guidebook and a map of NYS from AAA) as well as an 11" Chromebook (weighs the same as a notebook) which will have my Google Maps and itinerary saved locally if I need to view it en route. This being my first tour I'd feel more comfortable having more than one map just in case.
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Old 03-25-14, 10:17 PM
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I carry maps and a GPS and use both. I can't stand using the GPS on my Iphone.

I down loaded Garmin's Europe City Navigator to my GPS, and found it had most of the roads and points of interest, especially campgrounds and hotels. The GPS will save you hours getting into and out of large cities, and the batteries last much longer than a phone.

Michelin Maps are excellent. We mail them home when they are no longer needed. During a 3 month, 7 country ride we ended up mailing home a total of 11 pounds of maps

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Old 03-26-14, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka
Have you used that method travelling through the UK?

Having cycled in various parts of the UK, I'm thinking your day's route would be an encyclopedia. There are so many little lanes and roads that twist and turn and snake their way all over the countryside (I'm not even sure if half of them would appear on internet sources, they're that small ... paved, but very small ...) but they're the best routes for cycling because of the low traffic levels ... and they're beautiful.

I did a tour with a very experienced cycletourist and randonneur, born and raised in the UK, and he had trouble finding his way in places, even using detailed ordnance maps. He found that a compass was a very useful tool ... as long as we were generally going the right direction, we'd get there in the end.
In the UK, OS 1:50,000 Pathfinder maps show every track and trail with right of way data, maintained to current status every few months.
Digital data for Non-OS maps is less accurate and timely.
1:50,000 is for walking and too large scale for cycling but there is no good 1:100,00 series.
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I prefer digital but then again paper doesn't run out of batteries.
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Sounds like the answer to the OP's question is: Either. And, Both.
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After our Asus 901 eee pc gave out we got a new Samsung galaxy tab 3 10.1 which also takes a micro sim card.
We installed the mapswithme app. and did a small ride yesterday to check it out. We stoped at a random place turned on the GPS at it worked perfect. As back up we both carry our smart phones.
No more carrying paper maps for us
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