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    Default Custom Route Map - Best Method?

    Did not find anything here that provided the info sought, but apologize in advance if there is already a thread for this. I want to create a route map so that I have a good idea of the route, order and total distance involved. It would be even better if whatever application I use could provide approximate distances between points of interest as well. So I came to RTA after a frustrating attempt to create a route with either Google maps or Google Earth. I was wondering what is the best method for using Advanced Maps in RTA for a round trip, or is it not something that can provide what I'm trying to create?

    For example, should I create a start point and end point (furthest SW point) and fill in the POI somehow, then create another pair of start-end points (from furthest to home) and add the POI again? My concern here is that I'll have another frustrating exercise if I don't get some advice first. I should have researched GM before I tried that. If you're interested, here's the shortcomings I found:

    The max number of POI you can put into GM is 10. After that, you have to create layers, which are a pain in the butt to try to connect. It was great that I could import my spreadsheet with states, cities and attractions but the geographical locations were not always accurate and it cannot deal with merged cells.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default I will try.

    Hi and welcome to RTA !

    If you scroll down the map page you will see the different methods of creating a map described. For guiding your route to points of interest you first create 'Custom places' that can be added. [See 'To create a route with Waypoints' down the page] To get an idea of distance there is a 'Draw Circles' prompt where you can choose a different radius to get and idea of distances through your trip.

    Personally speaking, When creating routes with a number of Custom places, I think that creating a few Maps [even daily] is actually easier than trying to get everything on one. I also think it's easiest to start with a simple Map as more of an exercise as it's quite straight forward once you have been 'hands on' and completed a couple.

    If you are still unsure or have more questions, post here again and Admin will be along who will have more experience than me.


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    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default Part of what you are looking for....

    Quote Originally Posted by Micron View Post
    The max number of POI you can put into GM is 10. .
    That is essentially the same with RTA's Custom Maps. It doesn't do everything that every might want in a mapping program. Generally, if you want a really custom application you have to build one.

    Here is a thread that discusses ways that other RTA members have used the mapping program.

    And here is a thread that I created, to address some of the shortcomings of this mapping program.

    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 05-26-2016 at 09:51 AM.

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    Kind of embarrassing to admit that after I posted, I scrolled down to see some info and that there is a 10 point limit. The suggestion to have 'daily' maps is not a bad one, but I was hoping to create a map that would contain the entire route so that I have the total distance (ignoring possible deviations from the planned route) as well as an overall picture of how the entire route looks. I will have to explore the link posted by Adam85.
    Thanks to all who replied.

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    best app I have found so far is Roadtrippers . IT has everything I have thought of even more, can add as many point of interest, different route options, distance and time between each.

    It is an awesome app..

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