I love finding new roads. Discovering where they lead. Finding my next favourite riding road. I’m not content with riding the same roads over and over. I want to explore new places. Sometimes there’s dirt that you need to traverse that reveals a gem. When I’m organising a ride I tell people that: a – I don’t generally ride the main roads; b – there may be dirt occasionally; and c – I like to find new and interesting roads.
I also love maps.
For many years I resisted getting a GPS as I’m a map guy. But what I’ve discover is that the GPS has really opened up my exploration even more as it’s much easier to find and navigate these obscure out-of-the-road roads.
So a couple of years ago out of interest I started plotting all the roads I ridden over the years with a highlighter and it turns out that I have ridden a lot of roads. But it also shows that there are many, many roads that I have yet to ride. That is something I’d like to remedy.
I thought I could modernise it a bit by using mapping software. The following is a screen shot of my rides mapped in BaseCamp (Garmin’s mapping software used in conjunction with their GPS’s).
If anyone uses other mapping applications that are better and allow embedding or linking rather than just a snapshot – I’d be really interested to hear what you use.
Why new roads… other than just for the sake of exploration. Sometimes you find yourself at the end of the tar enjoying a beer with mates in a small country pub with lots of interesting history overlooking the mountains, with your bike covered in mud.