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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: How to get ACA route on an iPhone GPS
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:05:06 pm »
I use, and really like, the Mapswithme app which uses open street maps data.  What I like most about it is that it downloads maps for entire states or countries on to your phone, so you can use them when you don't have cell service, just gps.  The maps are actually not that large, most well under 100MB, although CA is the largest at 233MB.  I do some manipulations on my computer in other software in order to get exact routes onto my maps, but if all you want is to use the gpx files on ACA's website, which only have the waypoints (may not exactly follow the roads), you can load the ACA gpx file into Google Earth, then save it as a kmz (or kml) file.  You email that file to yourself, and open on your phone to get it into Mapswithme.  The you can see the waypoints in Mapswithme on your phone when you need them.  You can also create paths in Google Maps, save them as kml's and import the same way.  There's a Lite version of Mapswithme that's free if you want to see what the maps look like, the sizes, etc., but in order to import tracks, waypoints, etc, and to get other functionality, you have to get the Pro version, which costs $5.  Well worth it in my opinion.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: February 13, 2012, 04:36:34 pm »
Hi My name is John and I am a member of 'The Sons of Shankly' a group of middle to old aged lunatics from Liverpool England who raise money for Mc Millan Cancer Relief.  We cycled Route 66 in the summer of 2005 and raised $50.000 for the cause.  In July - August of 2012 we are attempting to cycle along Route 66 again but will via off near springfield and cycle on through Kentucky and Vaginia.  We will then be able to say we cycled from the Pacific in Los Angles to the Atlantic at Virginia Beach.  If anyone could advise us about the route from Route 66 at Springfield to Vaginia Beach we would be most greatful.

Good luck with your personal adventures or goals.


John & The Sons of Shankly

The Transamerica route crosses old Route 66 just east of Springfield, at Marshfield, MO.  You could stay on old 66 'til there, then follow the TransAm to near Yorktown, VA and figure out a route from there to Virginia Beach, only a short distance away.


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