I want to punch Google Maps in the face. Stumped.

Discussion in 'Americas' started by 73datsun, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    I've spent over eight hours working on my route from MN to AK to MN motorcycle trip. After eight hours, I decided to SAVE the map (save to my maps). It should be noted, that I wasn't yet done with my routing, just wanted to save in case shit happened.

    After I saved it. The "add another destination" disappeared. As did the route interface/driving directions.

    Here's what my route now looks like:
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    I've used the EDIT and tried to extend the route, but it seems overly complex and isn't working. Am I doing something wrong?



    Here is what I'm used to and would like to revert back to:
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    I really don't want to start this whole damn thing over again. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    I know this isn't what you want, but, paper maps and a highlighter. This way you aren't relying on random electrons.
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  3. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    Oh, I've done that for my initial planning. But was converting it to digital so I can more accurately gauge mileage, fuel stops, etc.

    :D
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  4. colomtnbiker

    colomtnbiker wimpy old guy

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    I agree with Acejones, north of the border or south of the border, I've never lost my way with paper maps. Plus, for me, I can see the 'whole' picture much clearer. For me, the digital stuff is relying on others for my fun.
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  5. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    That's great.

    But I can't seriously be the only person having this dilemma.

    I've already done the route on paper. Now I wish to do it digitally.

    Is there a free web program that works well?





    So I spent too much time rebuilding the map. However. Now when I get to Kalispell, MT and try to add any destinations after it, it just says "LOADING..." and never finds or places the next waypoint.

    I've cleared cache, history, etc. Tried it in Safari, Firefox and Chrome. On two machines. Nothing.

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  6. Marine By Choice

    Marine By Choice Sergeant 0311

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    Must be an omen:D
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  7. wingnut11

    wingnut11 generally strange

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    What I've had the most success with is use the create map option. It will let you draw lines along roads. Forget the getting directions function, it will only screw you up more. After you draw lines on the roads you can click and drag to alternate routes as you please. You will also be able to add placemarks to note other things on your route, like food, camping, tourist stuff etc. You can then pre-cache that on a smart phone. I mostly use it for planning as I still prefer paper maps and a compass.
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  8. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    I've been using motowhere.com to plan out my upcoming trip. It seems to work reasonably well, especially for the price- free.
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  9. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    I hope my adventure doesn't end in Montana. :D

    I'll try that next. I can see how that would be much easier.

    Will try that out.



    Surprisingly enough, I tried out the Harley Davidson Trip Planner, which uses Google Maps API. And it worked perfect??? It's actually not a very bad product. Especially given that it's free.

    I've still got more time to dick around. But I really wanted to transfer my route to a digital medium.
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  10. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    I know what you did, I've done it with GM a couple times, but I've never figured out a way to fix it.

    I do recommend making each couple hundred mile segment into a different line so that if you screw it up you didn't mess up the whole route, that's all I can think of right now.
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    And this...
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  12. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    You'd be surprise at how happy to hear I am to hear that I'm not the only one. :D
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  13. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    My guess is you hit the limit for way points because you asked for dirctions between the way points.

    You're limited to 2, 500 'requests' for directions per day. Every time you refresh the map you're resending requests for all the current directions; that could easily add up to over 2, 500 requests for directions after 8hrs of building and refreshing a large route.

    You can still use GM, but you'll have to do what AviatorTroy suggested: break it up into several individual maps.
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  14. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    That's exactly what happened!

    Thanks.
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    Cerberus83 The Wingman

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  16. willys

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    Man am I glad I'm not the only other poor fool who has done exactly this! I have spent so many days doing the very same thing and never understanding what it is that I was doing wrong. Like others have said, I ended up making smaller maps. BUT the best thing I did was just use the maps to show exactly where I wanted to go and make lists of all the important junctions to force my GPS to route me exactly where I wanted it to take me. I then installed all of these junctions into the GPS as favorites and used a paper list to instruct me to choose the correct sequence to tell the GPS which to use next.
    I finally gave up trying to get a route input into my GPS as I had so many points that it was just too much for it to swallow.
    I am a dinasaur when technology is concerned and I'm sure someone who has a remotely slight understanding of these black majic boxes should be able to explain it to you. That is unless you too are similar to me.....

    You need to search out Telegraph Creek also and add it into your route. Search Salmon Glacier too if you haven't found that also. D2D is on your route too.

    73 Datsun eh....I used to buy nothing but 510's myself......loved them!:freaky
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  17. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    Salmon Glacier is on my "notes" list.

    I'll check out Telegraph Creek as well.

    As for the Datsun, the 240Z was my first cool car. Purchased it 2001 at the age of 18. Loved it.

    Then I bought my first house in MPLS with a one car garage. I didn't have room for my 9-3. My 9-3 rally car. And the 240Z. Plus I was house poor. Sold it. Regret it.

    Now I drive a Chevy Volt.

    How the times have changed. :D
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  18. KYMike

    KYMike Been here awhile

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    Glad you said what kind of Datsun it was. I was going to ask. My first car was a '72 Datsun 510.

    Good luck on your trip!
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  19. 73datsun

    73datsun Been here awhile

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    Since we've solved the Google Maps debacle, I'll go off topic.

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