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post #1 of 5 Old Feb 7th, 2007, 4:11 pm Thread Starter
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I'm probably coming into this way after the fact, but I haven't seen any threads on this. Has anyone tried Google Maps? I was doing some preliminary research on roads in Canada for a trip out west, and my atlas showed what looked like a smaller road in Alberta that skirts the US boarder, Rt. 3. While looking for more detailed information I stumbled across Google Maps. Incredible! You can look at three views: (1) just roads; (2) satellite photos that give a good picture of the terrain; (3) roads imposed on the satellite photo. You can zoom in and out - in some places the (newer) satellite photos are so detailed you can see individual houses and cars on the road at highest zoom. You can "drag" the map across the window, and so follow a road as far as you want. Turns out that Rt. 3 drops down into river valleys, runs up along the crest of a mountain range, lots of twisties - my kinda road. From now on I'm gonna preview every route with this fantastic toy. Just go to www.google.com and click on the Maps link.

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I'm probably coming into this way after the fact, but I haven't seen any threads on this. Has anyone tried Google Maps? I was doing some preliminary research on roads in Canada for a trip out west, and my atlas showed what looked like a smaller road in Alberta that skirts the US boarder, Rt. 3. While looking for more detailed information I stumbled across Google Maps. Incredible! You can look at three views: (1) just roads; (2) satellite photos that give a good picture of the terrain; (3) roads imposed on the satellite photo. You can zoom in and out - in some places the (newer) satellite photos are so detailed you can see individual houses and cars on the road at highest zoom. You can "drag" the map across the window, and so follow a road as far as you want. Turns out that Rt. 3 drops down into river valleys, runs up along the crest of a mountain range, lots of twisties - my kinda road. From now on I'm gonna preview every route with this fantastic toy. Just go to www.google.com and click on the Maps link.
Yup, you're right - not many threads on the Google Map thang. It's been on the list here for a year or so, just not much talk about it.

Here is another similar webpage that provides the tilt and zoom and travel features. Their big cities are pretty well covered, butt some clarity is missing when you get out into the hinterlands. Enjoy, Bill.
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Take a look at Google Earth it gives you more control in what you see. I use it a lot after doing a route in the GPS software I go "ride" it in Google Earth. Have made changes in routes based on what I saw about the roads and scenery.

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I also like Google Earth. It has many features and you can even watch the map drive for you. Cool!

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Thanks for the heads up Bill. Those of us technically challenged can always use any additional help. The satellite images are amazing and provide a true view of the location. My wife and I will also be using the site for our travels in our motor home.

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