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Route Planning

I'm route planning rite now for our annual trip to the Appalacian Mountains.

2 big questions:

-What is the best web site to type in Highway Intersections / Towns and get mileage from another Highway Intersection / Towns? I'm not sure if I trust map quest. I want to calculate exactly how many miles from certain intersections and towns to the next so I know exactly how many miles we are doing from point to point.

-This is very important. How do I tell if a back road is gravel or not? Is there a site that says that the road is gravel? I don't want to plan a route and then figure out the road is gravel and then have to back track.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 10:55 AM
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I personally like www.maps.google.com a lot better than mapquest. Not sure how to tell about gravel roads though. You might be able to zoom in enough to see the road, but I can't promise that.
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I use Harley's website for this, they have a trip planner on there that does this very well, as bonus it will tell you where all the local dealers are in case you come across someone with a broken tractor and need parts.

but I have also found that Delorme is one of the best programs out there for doing this. then you can download it to your PDA phone and hav it all in your pocket.




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maps.yahoo.com

right click on map and it gives option to START FROM HERE/DRIVE TO HERE...

link up all the secondary roads and voila, a route is born.

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Use Google Earth!

Getting the bird's eye view if the route is unbeatable. Plus you can see what the roads actually look like, including the intersections. You can plan your route on it too, see the closest restaurants, gas stations, etc.

Google Earth is da bombdigity.

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I personally like www.maps.google.com a lot better than mapquest. Not sure how to tell about gravel roads though. You might be able to zoom in enough to see the road, but I can't promise that.
That's what I use. very accurate, you can swap over to satellite and hybrid mode, and now they have a "traffic tracker". Havent messed around with it too much, but I wouldnt trust it to be too accurate at this point in time.
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I just got a copy of Microsoft streets and trips and started using it last night to plan a trip. seems to be much easier/faster/better than the interweb map programs. of course, it's not free though. bought my copy on ebay for like $20
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I like google maps...but I use mapsource for route planning...so I don't have to use a stupid translation program to download it to the GPS.

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I just got a copy of Microsoft streets and trips and started using it last night to plan a trip. seems to be much easier/faster/better than the interweb map programs. of course, it's not free though. bought my copy on ebay for like $20
I have had some bad experiences with gravel roads and ms streets and trips...my garmin software shows gravel roads with dotted lines...so far its been right
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I like google maps...but I use mapsource for route planning...so I don't have to use a stupid translation program to download it to the GPS.
I would LOVE to have a program where I could transfer routes and address from my in-dash nav unit to a PC.

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I have a hand held GPS but it is a total pain in the ass. It won't let you load an entire area, you have to do 20mi by 20 mi areas over and over. I hate it. Most stupid program ever.

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I have a hand held GPS but it is a total pain in the ass. It won't let you load an entire area, you have to do 20mi by 20 mi areas over and over. I hate it. Most stupid program ever.
Haha yea I have to do the same sort of thing with my PPC. I use Google Earth as well as Mappoint 2006. It's excellent for when I'm going to be in a specific area for awhile and I want to get all the details of that area on my Dell Axim pocket pc but when I want to get all the little roads out in the middle of nowhere during the trip it makes for a pain in the ass. Go out along route, zoom in, upload to ppc, move 40 miles further along root, repeat.

I can't argue too much though I can pull in somewhere with wifi, hop on google maps, and find something quick if I need to and I don't have to carry the weight of my laptop.

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Nick,
To find the distance between intersections using the internet, I say Yahoo's new Maps is the best program. As Kaos said, right click Drive From Here and then right click Drive To Here. But, MS Streets&Trips is more powerful for on pc use.

Regarding gravel, that's a bit more tricky. I'd think that Delorme maps would be the authority in that, but they're pricey. Maybe stop in a gas station along your route and reference the Delorme Map for that state.

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