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Routes / Re: Google Earth files of Adventure Cycling Routes
« on: March 26, 2009, 02:01:11 pm »
I have update the maps and kmz files of all the routes with the latest Adventure Cycling gps data.  The Washington Parks route was added.  These following routes were updated: Atlantic Coast, Florida, Great Divide, Great Parks, Lake Erie, North Lakes, Northern Tier, Pacific Coast, Southern Tier, Tidewater Potomac, Transamerica, Underground Railroad and Western Express.  I will be excited to see the Sierra Cascades Route when it becomes available!

You can find all the route maps at:
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/

Happy Cycling,
Steve

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Routes / Google Earth files of Adventure Cycling Routes
« on: December 21, 2007, 04:19:19 pm »
I am enhancing the geographic browser kml files.  The new versions will use appropriate icons for the waypoints based on the data included by adventure cycling in the gpx files.  For example a campground will be shown using a green tent icon.  I have also changed the process for generating the kmz files.  As a result the new files are using the kml 2.1 schema instead of 2.0.  The 2.0 appears impossible to validate because the schema is no longer available.

For a sample of the new format check out
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/underground_railroad_route.kmz

I will update the remaining routes as I re-convert them.


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Routes / Google Earth files of Adventure Cycling Routes
« on: November 27, 2007, 07:14:06 pm »
Paul,

I am sorry to hear you are having difficulties with the google earth files.  It sounds to me like this is issue with your installation of google earth.  I would refer you to the threads below.  I believe you need to uninstall and reinstall google earth.  Furthermore you may encounter a bug that can make this difficult, but a solution is provided in the threads.

http://groups.google.com/group/earth-free/browse_thread/thread/6fcba263aaa898df/ac00c9e2ede73abc
http://groups.google.com/group/earth-pro/browse_thread/thread/c8bfae3ee6ca55ad
http://www.hayshighindians.com/Staff/ICU/dellfaq/dell.html#google

Thanks for reporting the problem.

Good Luck,
Steve


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Routes / Google Earth files of Adventure Cycling Routes
« on: November 24, 2007, 02:14:38 pm »
I have also added online interactive maps of the routes that you can view with your web browser if you are a little patient.
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/

Enjoy,
Steve


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Routes / Google Earth files of Adventure Cycling Routes
« on: November 22, 2007, 08:57:22 pm »
I have placed KML (actually KMZ) files of the adventure cycling routes on my website.  You can view these in a geographic browser such as Google Earth.  These files were generated from the Adventure Cycling Association National Bicycle Route Network GPS Data.  I find these useful for planning next years trip, or for remembering last years trip.  Perhaps someday they will be hosted on the adventurecycling website.
http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/

Enjoy,
Steve


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General Discussion / Desert travel
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:14:25 am »
The western express is a great route!  We did it in July a few years ago.  It was hottest in Utah, peaking in Hite at 115 degrees.  Most cyclist we ran into had experienced difficulty with water, despite their previous considerable experience.  I agree with most of roadrunner's suggestions, but we definitely found it advantageous to ride at night.  We would start riding between 3am and 5am when we had a long day and heat was expected, with head and tail lights.  With this strategy we could finish around 11am to 1pm.  Even so, it could be getting quite hot by then.  The traffic in Utah and Nevada is very low before sunrise.  I remember about 1 truck per hour on highway 50, and no cars.  Unfortunately this condition generally does not last after sunrise.  However, on the Milford to Baker section that was about the peak traffic in the morning.  I would also reiterate rr's recommendation to be self sufficient.  Other cyclist told us of needing help and  not being able to get any motorist to stop.  If you can hit a full moon as we did there is a lot of natural light.  On long days when heat was expected we carried between 1.5 to 2.0 GALLONS of water EACH, we never ran out.  This amount of water might not have been sufficient if we didn't get so much of our riding done in the early am.  While we prefer to camp, in Nevada we mostly got rooms.  We found zero water between towns most of the way from Milford, UT across most of Nevada.  So you are pretty much forced to stay in town, rooms are often quite cheap, and AC is nice!  Of course if you are not constrained to ride in July or August you should have an easier time with the heat.  One last warning, rattlesnakes!  We saw a few on the road in Utah, some alive. One buzzed at my wife as she rode by.  Keep your eyes open.  Certainly be careful when you step off the road if there is brush obscuring your view of the ground, or wait for a lonely moment and stay on the road.  We saw one scorpion on the road, dead.
Despite all that, for those that are prepared, this is a beautiful and enjoyable route.  It is one of my favorites.


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