Have you ever wanted to calculate the total distance of a mapped route, or share a detailed bike route with others? The various online maps tend to plot routes that are inappropriate for human power. This route planner is the first use I’ve seen of Google Maps’ public application programming interface, and it looks like it will shape up into a great tool for bicyclists and pedestrians.
You can bookmark and share routes you draw. Here’s the outbound leg of yesterday afternoon’s ride with my son in the trailer. I was a little sloppy drawing the points; the actual distance was 24 something miles out; 48 total. Using the satellite view, I could have traced the actual route of the Springwater Trail a little better. What are some of your favorite routes?
What I’d like to see next is gross elevation gain. Does the map data include elevations?
I’ll note in passing that Stokemonkey makes it delightful for this 39-year old with bum knees, a damaged lumbar disc, and a tenacious chest cold to haul 170 pounds of child, trailer, water, food, hammock, toys, tools, batteries, assist motor, and excessively stout bike 48 miles (with hills near the turnaround) in 3 hours, with ample time to smell the llamas and to fix a flat (drat!) and rotate the tires while I was at it. I used 720 watt-hours of assistance.
We stopped to look at alpacas and sheep along the way: