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Old 01-12-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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mapquest/yahoo maps SUCK!

So I tried to plan a very local mini-ADV ride using both of these web based map services. I had laid out a fairly interesting 30 mile or so loop for a quick afternoon ride before work.
Took off on the ride. Turns out all of the interesting secondary roads I wanted to try were either trail-looking driveways with a closed cattle gate in front of them, or maybe some lost trail back in the woods.
I don't have a GPS so I couldnt just play with that and make my own adventure as I went so that wasn't an option for me.
So bottom line is I cant use either of those for any kind of DECENT non interstate/statehighway route planning.



Anyone have a different(read BETTER) online mapmaker they use?
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:47 AM   #2
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Not online. If you don't have a GPS, the two big guns are Delorme and Microsoft Streets and Trips for simple route/trip planning programs.
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Old 01-13-2008, 05:08 AM   #3
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Google Maps.

I didn't even know MapQuest and Yahoo still did maps.

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:19 AM   #4
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Indeed!...Google does seem to show enough for you to realize that the roads were in fact there....and about what they will look like.

So I guess it seems that most of the good dirt roads and stuff around here are gated off....very very different than back home in Ohio and stuff...the only gated ones back home are ones without names on maps(driveways)!
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:20 AM   #5
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One more thing....is there website that has off road rides for different states listed..or do I have to do it the hard way and dig through the awesome ride reports on here?
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:56 AM   #6
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Just go ride. There's no such thing as wrong turn, after all, you're just out for a ride. Never know what you'll find or who you'll meet. Now, go get lost!
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:26 AM   #7
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Many times I will do an enlarged step by step map for my rides. Skip the actual map on the bike and take make a ride, "plan". Use the map online for route planning. If you have key points or places to see along the way. It doesn't have to be detailed either.

State 41 to Farm Road 33(left).
On 33 look for museum approx 10 miles.
33 to I88(right)
BBQ for lunch @ exit 444
State road 4 to Culberson Drive

These aren't really directions, more like guides along the way as needed. Make it as detailed or long as you need it or create them for each day.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:55 PM   #8
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I have even been suprised many, many times that what my GPS shows as a road, ain't a road! Or has not been a road in the last 50 years! The discovery and exploration IS the adventure!
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