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Sharing Great Motorcycle Roads with ORJ and Google Earth

The Advanced Method

Lets say you've got a more complex route that has a few different segments to it. The process is very easy with OpenRoadJourney and Google Earth, it just requires a few extra steps.

Lets dive right in. This section builds on the Basic Method, so you may want to re-read that to make sure you are familiar with what we are doing.

The basic idea behind the advanced method is you route out each segment of your route separately, than merge them together into one "super" route and upload that to ORJ.

So, lets say we took a detour off of Highway 96, down SR 165, and we want to add that to our route, it's easy! Just follow along below.

Note: This assumes the route on Highway 96 between Westcliffe and Pueblo is already built. Quickly rebuild it if you erased it.

Step One: Map the Additional Portion of the Route

Using the basic method (see the previous basic steps for a refresher), you simply map the new portion of the route (in our case SR 165).

Before adding new PlaceMarks make sure you collapse the Highway 96 route by clicking the minus side next to it.

Now add your PlaceMarks for 165 and map the route.

Step Two: Display Both Routes

Most likely, when you routed your new portion of the route, the previous portion disappeared (the part along 96). It's still there, you just need to check the check box next to it. For some reason, Google unchecks it when you route a new portion.

Note: You may want to rename each segment of your route as you create them. This will help you track them more easily. This can be done easily by right clicking on all of those weird latitude and longitude numbers and selecting rename.

Step Three: Combine the Routes

Now, we simply need to combine the routes into one route so that we can save it as a single file and upload it to ORJ.

To do this, you'll want to Drag one route into the other one so it appears as a single route. Note: I've renamed my separate routes to "Highway 96" and "SR 165" for clarity purposes.

First, collapse the "SR 165" route by clicking the minus sign and expand the "Highway 96" route by clicking the minus sign. You should have something that looks like this:

Now, click on "SR 165" and drag and drop it so it appears under "Highway 96". You should end up with something like this:

Step Four:Save the Route

Now, all you need to do is right click on "Highway 96" and choose "Save As" from the menu, save it as a KML file, and upload it to ORJ!

If you have more segments that you want to add, just keep repeating these steps and adding each new route segment back into the "Highway 96" route!

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Keep Ridin'


daveheagle says:

Anxiously waiting the arrival of that app for the iphone
Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

earle1231 says:

you offered to send a tutorial, I am very interested in getting the most from googles travel planning.
Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM

mbooty says:

I tried to use the "Send this article to a friend" function and it gave me a "550 user does not exist" error?
Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM

01FXDX says:

Automatic routing? Dude, you just don't get it. On a bike: Its the journey, plus the destination. Its not difficult to map a route to a place. Finding the most interesting back roads and avoiding Interstates are my primary planning tasks. I may ride on 50 different roads in 500 miles but all that upfront planning makes for spectacular scenery, stuff you just don't see on major routes. I am open to using technology and I will try your new protocol.
Thanks for the tips.
Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 9:25 AM

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