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tarmacburner2
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PostSubject: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 29, 2010 8:03 am

Hello Folks,

Been doing a bit of armchair exploring and I've found these two websites.

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/home.do

http://www.gpsies.com/home.do
Both websites allow you to register for free (register to download files).

They allow you to download routes so that you can view them with Google Earth. You can also download the files to use in various SatNav (GPS) and map formats. I downloaded a route in France (Route des Grandes Alpes) which has over twelve hundred points on it. TomTom .itn files allow a maximum of forty eight points. Using POIEdit (freeware) I reduced it to twenty five points so (basically by taking every fiftieth point). So I then had an .itn file that was usuable on the TomTom.

If you don't want all the hassle of converting stuff they do give you the chance to see the route before riding it. Make sure 'Terrain' is clicked in Google Earth so you can see how hilly / steep the route is.

(Armchair Exploring - you never get caught out in the rain and the coffee is always made how you like it). Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Icon_biggrin

Hope this is of some use to someone. Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Icon_smile

Cheers,
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KurtPerthWA
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PostSubject: Re: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 29, 2010 11:30 am

Cool. does OZ too
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PostSubject: Re: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 29, 2010 2:55 pm

Apparently the site owners tried to avoid including OZ as it may benefit the criminal element in that country who could find 'getaway routes' but it was finally decided that it maybe of use to the couple of hundred people who live there who aren't criminals. Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Icon_rolleyes

p.s. You have posted some excellent jokes. Assumed therefore you have a sense of humour.

Cheers,
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PostSubject: Re: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeMon Mar 29, 2010 10:15 pm

Well "burner"... heh - heh - heh ... I thought it was very funny Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Icon_lol Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Icon_lol Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' Lol (no malice intended)
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PostSubject: Re: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 17, 2010 9:31 am

As the weather turns a bit nasty and only a few have the luxury (or necessity) of continuing to ride - the mind turns toward the next season.

I like Armchair Exploring - the links in this post are helpful.
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PostSubject: Re: Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring'   Finding New Routes - 'Armchair Exploring' I_icon_minitimeWed Nov 17, 2010 4:35 pm

Shame that Wikiloc site doesn't seem to show 'back' roads. I'd sure love to see an altitude profile of the Trans Labrador Highway.
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