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Messages - Fred Hiltz

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Routes / Re: Cambridge to Boston?
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:03:32 am »
Here's a good place to start:

Fred, survivor of 16 years bike commuting there.

Routes / Re: Atlanta, GA to Miami, FL
« on: September 08, 2012, 07:20:04 am »

Gear Talk / Re: BioLite Stove
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:27:22 am »
A really neat idea. Plan on adding a windscreen/pot holder, and do not expect too much from the charger. The iPad 2 takes 24 Watt-hours, the new iPad takes 42. That's 12 hours plus for a full charge on an iPad 2, or 21 hours plus for the new iPad.

But what a great conversation piece! Let us know what you think if you try one.


Routes / Re: GAP/C&O Canal - Alternative Roadway Routes
« on: September 05, 2012, 07:09:46 am »
The problem is in your hypertext. The rest of the message is there, but everything following the hyperlink does not show. You can edit your post to make a real hyperlink element. Select the URL, then click the Insert Hyperlink icon: the second icon in the second row. Preview the result. It should be good.


Routes / Re: Death Valley
« on: September 03, 2012, 08:50:07 pm »
Have you checked out the 25 posts found by a search for Death Valley from the forum main page?


GPS Discussion / Re: 450 vs 450T
« on: August 26, 2012, 10:53:06 am »
That looks strange to me, too. The only difference is the topo map preloaded into the 450t.

Both units would be fine for navigating ACA's routes, assuming you also buy the City Navigator road map, which comes with software to transfer maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks between the computer and the GPSR. Be sure to buy the map on DVD, not on the Micro-SD cards. Then you can use the computer to plan and document trips with the same map that's in the Oregon. Blank Micro-SD cards are cheap. Fill them from the computer and use them in the Oregon.


Gear Talk / Re: Tent fly
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:03:37 am »
I just tried a Google search for tent fabric. It returned dozens of likely sources.


Routes / MOVED: Cycle Greater Yellowstone
« on: August 24, 2012, 06:27:21 pm »

A good place to start is How to Cycle for Charity in the How To department,


GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data Wish List
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:23:14 pm »
Sort of. The name of the folder that held the file on Jenn's computer is stored as the path in the Zip file. Nothing else about that folder--not its size, not the other files that were in it, not its creation date--nothing else is in the Zip file.

Does your zip program not let you just extract the files? Get WinZip, which presents the option to rebuild the path with empty folders above the files or not.


GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data Wish List
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:54:15 pm »
I don't know what extraction program is showing you this, but those folder names are part of the path to the file on Jenn's Mac. The folders exist only on her computer, not in the Zip file. This listing from WinZip shows what is in the file.

Yes, we can be more diligent about following our own naming style conventions. Until they are published next, your program can convert all those file names to lower case without causing any name conflicts.


GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Data Wish List
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:13:56 am »
... assuming that the data continues to be distributed in gpx format

This is a given. We have no intention to abandon GPX. When the project began, we distributed two other formats as well, attempting to cover the most popular of the many proprietary GPS data programs. Now we have standards, and the wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them. For practical production reasons, GPX and its Garmin extensions are likely to remain our mainstay. KML? Maybe, if enough members want it for bicycle navigation, this would be worth spending staff time (=money) on.

11.  Consistently organize and name the folders and files for each route, including case and blanks in directory and file names.

The File names section of the GPS Data User Guide describes our convention for naming the GPX files. If you find some that do not follow it, please let us know of the oversight. If we implement WL #5, we would add some indicator of routes vs. services.

The distributed data contain no folders. A single Zip file contains all the data for one ACA route.

12. Have contiguous route segments, gpx rte elements, share a route point (gpx rtept).  This make display of the overall route appear as one, instead of a bunch of separate and disconnected segments.  Accidental violations of this are the most common reason I write Jennifer.

You are right, those are accidental. We intend to make the last waypoint defining a GPS route and the first waypoint defining the next be the same.

I am still unsure of what Jennifer meant by "Do you like/use the sample routes provided?".  Can you cite an example of a sample route?  In 3 Fred seems to imply a sample route just corresponds to the route as shown on a paper map panel.

From the GPS Data User Guide: "We include GPS routes in the published file to make the ACA route stand out on the map. They might also serve as sample routes to help you create the actual routes for a day’s riding." We have built these from 25 - 30 waypoints in order to fit as many as possible into limited GPSRs. WL #2 would improve on that.


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