February 16, 2017 - Jenn Milyko is Adventure Cycling's Routes & Mapping Assistant Director.
Adventure Cycling has 50,000 miles of mapped routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network. And since the spring of 2016, we’ve been producing and selling a new product to supplement our paper route maps, GPX data for devices.
To be clear, the GPX data is NOT a map — it is DATA to be displayed on a map via an app on your Android or iOS device or directly on a Garmin GPS unit.
For example, the image below is what a map panel (with bi-directional narrative) for the paper Bicycle Route 66 looks like:
For mobile devices and GPS units, map backgrounds will vary, as will the symbology of the data. What will be constant is the presence of track lines and service points. This is a pair of images showing what the GPX data tracks (the orange line) and services (the pushpin symbols) for the same stretch looks like using Easy Trails on an iPhone:
Once you are clear what you are getting with this data purchase, I recommend you check out our various support pages. They will help you get set up and riding in no time with the data. You can even download sample data to try before your buy.
The support pages cover a variety of topics:
The data is available for a dozen routes:
And later this spring, when the Chicago to New York City maps are published, we’ll have that data available as well.
I am planning to take this data out for a ride myself later this summer when I take off on a cross-country tour. I’ll report back on how it worked for me. In the meantime, I’d like to hear more about how it’s working for you. Please leave me feedback in the comments below.
Photos courtesy of Jenn Milyko
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Hamelman, Routes & Mapping Assistant Director, and appears once a month, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.