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Offline don quixote

Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« on: February 13, 2010, 02:31:51 am »
Does anyone know where I can find an elevation chart for the ACA Atlantic Coast route?
don quixote
San Diego

Offline tonythomson

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 06:58:28 am »
Go to the Google Earth forum - someone will tell you there for sure.  I found out from them but have lost the info. Hope this is some help  :-\
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com

Offline tonythomson

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 05:54:00 am »
Try this link and if you can understand it then please explain it to me - or better still send me a copy of the profile as I am planning the same trip in April.  ::)  However, it doesn't seem to have too many steep gradients as have followed it up as far as Washington on Google Earth

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/profile_input
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com

Offline dubovsmj

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010, 09:45:39 am »
I guess I'm a little confused....we're talking about the Atlantic Coast right?
All and all there aren't any extreme elevation changes or long climbs like out west. 
Maybe repetitive, rolling terrain, esp once hit VA up to Maine, but nothing that I would really plan my day around.

...if want a topo map you could use google.com and click on "maps" top left of screen and then hit "terrain" button.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2010, 12:32:54 pm »
I agree with dubovsmj.  Additionally an elevation chart for the route will probably be misleading unless it is broken down into very short sections.  The short repetitive climbs tend to get lost in an elevation chart of any length.

indyfabz

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Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010, 09:48:48 am »
Yes.  The hills would be exagerated unless the profile were really elongated.

You will likely have a very steep climb after you cross the  Susquehana River towards Columbia, PA.  From Lancaster County all the way to outside New Hope, PA you will have rolling terrain.  Some short, steep hills and maybe a few longer ones, but probably nothing much over 2 or so miles.  You will descend for a few miles into New Hope.  From there all the way to Port Jervis, NY you won't encounter anything of note save for two or three short, steep hills between Milford and Belividere, NJ and then a gradual slog up from Portland, PA to Delaware Water Gap as you rise above the river.  Inside the Gap Recreation Area you may find a few rollers.  Outside of Pt. Jervis you will climb about 2 few miles up to Otisville.  After that, my memory/knowledge is fuzzy.  I do have a general recollection of a climb outside of Rhinebeck, NY and some "frustrating" hills in CT and MA.  CT especially.  I also remember at least one "Slower Traffic Keep Right" climb north of Damariscotta, ME that was a real chugger.

But like someone wrote, nothing you would plan your day around.

Offline brancuni

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010, 11:53:22 am »
Would it be at all feasible to do the route fixed or singlespeed (assuming a minimal load)?  I don´t want to buy a new bike, and mine already has the braze-ons. Mostly though, I just love the feel of it.  Going from Fla to ME, I´m hoping the flats would be enough training for the more hilly parts North.  With a low-gear freewheel for Pennsylvania, I´m getting the feeling it may just work... even with just a flip-flop.

Offline tsteven4

Re: Elevation chart for Atlantic Coast route?
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2010, 07:53:46 pm »
Here is a crude profile from the ACA gps data supplemented with elevation data.  The points are sparse so the elevation and cumulative distance in the profile are rough.  For better viewing you can download the image from http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/atlantic_coast_profile.jpg

Alternatively you can download a kml file of the route at http://tsteven4.qwestoffice.net/maps/atlantic_coast_route.kmz.  Recent versions of google earth will be able to display a profile of any section of this route.  To get GE to generate a profile expand the routes in the places pane on the left.  Right click on the section of your choice and select "show elevation profile".

Steve