We all search for things in life, and one of the greatest challenges is accumulating and making sense of the results of your search. I think back to my early days of riding when I had a large drawer full of paper maps that were meant for those driving cars and cue sheets that were wrinkled, torn, and resembled pieces of paper hundreds of years in age. Added to the challenge of handling the cue sheets, most had been copied and recopied and then copied again - making them very challenging to read.
This was all before the whole Interweb thingee came to be. With the Internet, personal computers, home printers, and electronic devices with mapping applications ride planning has become a whole lot easier, but most of the time great information is scattered. Reader Gordon came up with his own hack for bringing together useful information for ride planning. He sent along the following to give readers a taste, and encourages riders out there to submit their own ride information. Take it away Gordon . . .
My hack is http://www.ridemap.info/, an interactive Google map of cycling routes throughout New England. The local bike clubs post their rides on one page, cue sheets on another, GPX files somewhere else, and usually don't even have links to MapMyRide or RideWithGPS or even drawn maps. I gather all of that information and put it in concise posts at my blog, http://cyclingnewengland.blogspot.com, and then add that ride to the aforementioned Google map. I'm up to 200 rides and expect to have around 1,000 on the site before the end of the year.
I'd be happy to add reader's posts of good quality rides anywhere in the American Northeast (US or Canada) . Please include a description of the ride and a link at either RideWithGPS or MapMyRide, and the name or organization to credit .
If you have ride planning hacks or advice feel free to comment.