Colorado Passes - Google Earth

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Mac, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. Mac

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    I've created a Google Earth Map of many Colorado Passes. So far, I have 146 different passes mapped. I've divided them into two types:
    1) Paved Roads (62 passes), and

    2) Unpaved Roads (84 passes).

    Instructions:

    1) Get and Install Google Earth. (Not Google Maps).

    2) Download Colorado Passes. (Should automatically open inside Google Earth).



    After you've successfully opened the "Colorado Passes" within "Google Earth", try this (within Google Earth):


    1) In the map area, click on any pass, so you see the white bubble. In the bubble, click on "To here".

    2) Again in the map area, click on another pass so you see the white bubble. In the bubble, click on "From here".

    3) Look at the cool turn-by-turn map.

    4) In the left pane, under the turn-by-turn directions, click the little "Play Tour" button (looks like a small right-arrow).



    Happy Google Earth-ing...
    .
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  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    THat is great!

    Thanks for mapping this out!
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  3. Beemer Pat

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    As John Denver would say...... "Far out"..... :clap
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  4. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Very COOL! I have loaded it into my Google Earth and now have no excuse to Really get lost. Thanks for all the hard work. I wish I knew a way to download it to my GPS.

    Cheers.
    Marc
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  5. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Wow, that is cool. Gives us a great planning tool until the snow melts up high.

    Me too. Anyone figure out a work-around to import Mac_'s collection of passes into Mapsource? Looks like GoogleEarth will import from a GPS unit, but not export to one (at least not my 60cx). And GoogleEarth uses a .kml extension, while Garmin GPS uses .mps or .gpx and won't open .kml or .kmz. :ddog
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  6. Red_Chili

    Red_Chili Fresh Ground

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    OK, this GPS noob will dive in...
    The .kml is not where it's at. It is a simple .xml file telling GoogleEarth to get the meat from
    http://caber.com/maps/co/co-passes.kmz

    Now, I got all excited because .gpx is just fancy .xml too. Ah, nuts: the .kmz is binary. Good luck decoding that.

    Nothing to see here, move along......
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  7. Scary Mc

    Scary Mc hellgrammite

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    I just wasted an hour. Very cool!
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  8. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    I didn't see Tin Cup Pass. This pass is on CR267 between Tin Cup and St. Elmo. I rode it on my Wee-Strom but I sure needed more ground clearance. :D Coordinates for the pass are ~ 38 degrees 42 minutes 33.43 seconds x 106 degrees 26 minutes 3.55 seconds
    [​IMG]
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  9. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    That is brilliant! Thanks Mac. :clap Wanna do British Columbia next? :evil
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  10. Mac

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    RC,

    Just because you are unable to do it, doesn't mean it's not there. It's working for lots of other people.

    The kml file is there. If you have Google Earth installed, save the kml file to your local computer, then open the kml file with Google Earth.

    The kml file contains a network link to the kmz file. The kmz is a database file which I will continue to update with additional locations.

    It works.
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  11. Mac

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    Patience.

    I'm making this Google Earth version as complete as possible, then will create a Garmin version. I'm a Garmin user, too...

    Give me another week or two...
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  12. JaySoy

    JaySoy Been here awhile

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    Wow! This is great! Nice job. :clap
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  13. Mac

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    Tin Cup is in my next section to add. I'll be adding a "4WD Passes" folder soon.
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  14. ironbrewer

    ironbrewer Hopefully Riding

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    This is way cool. Thanks for the effort.
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  15. Doubletrackmind

    Doubletrackmind Been here awhile

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    I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the computer and log on to google earth. (Again, sincere apologies to Groucho Marx).


    thanks for putting that list together and thanks for posting it after christmas.
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  16. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    In case any of you GoogleEarth-deficient folks wanted to see what all the talk is about....here are a couple of screenshots of Mac_'s work.

    Colors denote paved vs. unpaved passes:

    [​IMG]


    And zoomed in a bit:

    [​IMG]


    Nice job, Mac_ :clap
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  17. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Really nice Matt, thanks!! :thumb :thumb
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  19. iridefar

    iridefar Been here awhile

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    Matt,
    You do not understand what Bill is saying. The data is not in the .klm file. It is just an XML “pointer” to the actual data. Because the .gpx is also an XML file, he was thinking that it would be able to use the same pointer and go get the data from the file location.

    Sounds to me like he was trying to help out by making the data available to a Garmin file.
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  20. Mac

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    There are two ways to save pointer lists. As kml and as kmz. A kmz file is a binary kml file. Using the binary kmz format saves bandwidth. For example, my 36kb kmz file would be 546kb if saved in kml format.

    I wrote one kml file which just contains one network link, pointing to a kmz file. Sharing just the kml file allows me to continue to update the linked kmz file.

    Once I have completed a 99% solution here, I will convert the same list to a GPX file, then add it to this thread.
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