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Old 07-30-2007, 08:15 PM   #21
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Here's what I do for routes. I find a good road set on the map, or based on something someone else recommended. Then I go check the roads out, since the map or Mapquest doesn't always say what the road condition may be. Along the way I make notes.

Then I sit down at home and use the route builder on Google or Mapquest to map out the route I want, print the directions and maps out. I use the directions in bold face on the tank bag, and the maps for backup. This also gives you mileage between points, so you can figure gas or breaks.

Fun that way with a couple friends, and once you get a good route figured you can add to it for lunch stops or variations.

Then I copy and paste into my growing word.doc of ride routes and have something to go back to or modify.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:25 PM   #22
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Darn edit button disappeared... :confused1

To continue the thought....

You'll find it is hard to read a map buzzing down the road, not to mention a bit unsafe and distracting..

I list out the route in easy to read bold face, turn by turn.

For example, my directions might look something like this:


36 north to 1094 LEFT

1094 west to 109 LEFT

109 to 1291 STRAIGHT


1291 159 RIGHT @ Fayetteville



That way, I can glance down after each turn, and keep in mind what I am looking for next, and concentrate on the road instead of a map.

If we get messed up or want to go a different way, I have the maps for backup, as well as any other route directions in that area to jump off on.
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bad thing about out there west of san antonio towards leaky the phone doesnt work in most areas... I would suggest riding with someone too..
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bad thing about out there west of san antonio towards leaky the phone doesnt work in most areas... I would suggest riding with someone too..
Definately a big +1

It is all of our first time to go over there, so we'll be fairly sedate.. well, at least as sedate as we ever are!

But seriously, you always need to keep it safe and sane on any new or unfamiliar roads.. the old adage slow in fast out is the way we roll.
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