Monthly Archives: May 2009
No ride today, I spent the day downtown getting my First Aid and CPR certification and this evening playing around with Delorme Topo USA, the software we will be using to help us route the trip this summer. Topo is kinda cool in that it uses info from the USGS for route statistics like distance, elevation, etc but it also kinda sucks in that it’s one of the most difficult pieces of software to pick up and use. And that’s saying a lot coming from a guy that was forced to use both Patran and Abaqus…. It appears that you can get some super accurate data from Topo though, which makes it enticing.
I thought that this was a great opportunity to check the elevation tracks my phone has been giving me on my rides this week as they seem to have been a bit odd. Below is a comparison of the elevation track from my phone on the one from Topo.
Don’t get me wrong, they are different, but they are much closer than I thought they would be. Sweet. The phone also appears to consistantly record everything as 50 lower than it actually is.
Today was supposed to be a ride in the 40-45 mile range. I wanted to take my time, drop in on some family, and take it easy. Instead the ride ended up being 52-ish miles with a hellish wind out of the East, the wind made the ride turn from slow and relaxing to slightly grueling and tiring. The extra milage is due to 1) missing road signs out in the middle of farm country and 2) me not checking to make sure that the cue sheets I generated use mapmyride.com were correct. Mapmyride has a horrible habit of totally sucking at everything it says it does. Unfortunately they are the best site out there right now, and free. Anyone use/know of anything better to use to route and cue up a ride?
Headed out with Andrew this morning, good ride. Sunny, 70-ish. Longest ride of the season, 56 miles or so, average speed around 17 mph.
Still trying to find the right elevation visualization tool… It appears that my start and end elevations are within a tolerable range this ride, that’s good.
Brief ride today. Headed west a bit and then tried to keep it mostly North-South. The wind out of the East was a big one today.
Again note that my starting location rose as I was riding. That funny straight line is a result of losing the GPS lock for a bit.
It isn’t quite the wide open road of Central Illinois, but it’s nice to have some hills. Met up with Dave to ride this afternoon, it’s exponentially better riding with a partner.