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Old 12-19-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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need maps

HEY, I NEED SOME ACURATE MAPS OF THE BACKROADS, I.E.. BROOKSHIRE, THE FOREST, OR ANY OTHER FUN ROUTE.
I HAVE RODE THOSE ROADS SEVERAL TIMES BUT I STILL HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO LEARN THE ROADS, THEREFORE, I OFTEN FIND MYSELF FORCED TO FOLLOW THE HERD WHATEVER THEY GO. SOMETIMES I WANT TO RIDE SOLO ON THOSE ROADS BUT I'M AFRAID OF GETTING LOST ON A COMPLETELY UNKNOWN PART OF THE CITY. SO DOES ANYBODY KNOWS WHERE I CAN GET SOME MAPS? ALSO, I'M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS CONCERNING SOME COOL NEW ROUTES.
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Mapquest or google w/ the arial view is very helpful.

As for routes, we normally don't post those for certain reasons.... But PM or talk to us and we can give directions and ideas for routes in various areas
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There are def. a few cool roads around us you just have log a few miles to get out there. That's cool and all that you wanna get out there by yourself but it definately could be dangerous. Some places you ride you can't get phone service. So if your on the side of the road from a get off and no one can see you, who's gonna call the ambulance? Things that make you go hmmmm.

Send me your email and I will send you a HUGE image with some routes
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so, if I mapquest it... what city, zip code, or major landmark should I use as reference?
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There are many good roads around, and many combos of routes. You're best bet is to hook up with a few select friends and go exploring. I never recommend riding alone, especially at a spirited pace.

PM me when you want to ride; I am off two weeks every month and always up for a cruise, pretty much any day of the week.
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so, if I mapquest it... what city, zip code, or major landmark should I use as reference?
Just mapquest Houston and scroll to the area. duh
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as I said, I've rode some backroads with some buddies but the one's who know and lead the route are not always available.
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For exploring, pick up a copy of "the Roads Of Texas", it has most of the back roads marked. Take it or the local pages with you in case you get lost.

I like Google maps better than Mapquest, both work. Problem with both is you never really know for sure the road condition till you get out there and check them out. I start with a basic route I think looks good, then go try it out, and make notes along the way as to which roads suck, which ones are good. Then go back and edit and reroute for the next try, until you get a good library of the better roads around. Then you start stringing them together and playing around with different routes each time.

After a while you'll be able to lay a loop out with lunch stops and know just about how long it should take.

But that is the fun, figuring it all out to suit your riding style, as opposed to copying someone elses routes..

There are good roads from down around Crabb, all the way around the West side of town back to Lake Livingston. And more out towards Austin and Navasota.
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as I said, I've rode some backroads with some buddies but the one's who know and lead the route are not always available.
Holler at them and get the main road names, then Google Houston and zoom in ...
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If you have a starting point and overall distance/time in mind I can see what I've got for ya.

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That's cool and all that you wanna get out there by yourself but it definately could be dangerous.
True that you should be cautious when riding alone (and ALWAYS have ID and emergency contact information visible to a medical response team) but it shouldn't stop you from riding. The key is to ride at a sensible pace and stay within your limits - on ALL roads, not just new ones.

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so, if I mapquest it... what city, zip code, or major landmark should I use as reference?
Use Google maps - they have a drag and drop feature that "bends" the route to roads you want to be on instead of just telling you how to get from A to B. I usually find a lunch spot or landmark that I want to visit, let it create the default route to get there, then zoom in on sections and start dragging the route line over to a road that I think looks curvy.

For anyone that likes to wander and not worry about getting lost, I highly recommend a GPS unit. Many can be had for under $200 - the one I have (and love) is waterproof and refurbs are on sale for $159 at www.EdgeGPS.com.

I will often ask the GPS to get me to my destination, then I ignore it. I head in that direction, wander down side roads that look fun, and all the while I know I can just look down at the screen and it'll get me where I'm going no matter how many times it has recalculated to compensate for my wanderings. If you find a good road, you can mark it with a quick button press and then use it again when mapping out a non-wandering route.

If any of y'all are seriously interested in software mapping/routing and GPS navigation on the bike, I'd be happy to get a small group together over a meal and do a show & tell kind of thing.
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and a little search turns up this... which is HUGE. But you can zoom in and check out roads, then Google for current roads...

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...t=35787&page=2
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I'm mapquesting right now, thanks for your suggestions.
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and a little search turns up this... which is HUGE. But you can zoom in and check out roads, then Google for current roads...

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...t=35787&page=2
Sent it to him already

Aweful nice of you all to help this guy also
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Sent it to him already

Aweful nice of you all to help this guy also
Good deal.. always open to showing peeps new roads; just don't like putting "mine" on the public...
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and a little search turns up this... which is HUGE. But you can zoom in and check out roads, then Google for current roads...

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...t=35787&page=2
thanks for the link, just what I had in mind.
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A little advice about road designations:

FM = Farm to Market = 90% chance it's paved. Safest best.

CR = Country Road = 40% chance it's unpaved, more likely the more remote and farther from the city

NF / NFR = National Forest Road = 60-70% chance it's unpaved

When you bring a map on the ride, bring along a photocopy and a highlighter or pen. If you run into something you don't ever want to run into again, mark it and save it for later. (And if you're real nice, post it for others to be aware of if you think it's good info to know.)
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thanks for the link, just what I had in mind.
No prob.. I find it much easier to take the map along, but I make route notes by turns, and put in my tank bag map holder for quick reference, and use the maps for backup when I need to change something.
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ok, thanks for that info aqueaky. I'll discuss it with a couple of my riding buddies and see if they want to venture next weekend.
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Just curious, where abouts you are coming from? I'll drop you a starter route or two....
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