route planning w/ gas stops

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Intrigue_262000, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    Anyone know of an app for route planning with gas stops added for individual needs? If not, how do you figure out your route with gas stops?
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  2. Jamie Z

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    I might be a little dense. I'm confused by your question. Are you looking for a database of gas stations so you know where you can stop along the way?

    Where will you be riding?

    Microsoft Streets and Trips has an option where you can enter the fuel range of your vehicle and when you plot out your route it adds in warnings where you should look for fuel.

    That said, I don't think you could ever plan your route so precisely that you know exactly where you're going to stop for gas. Get on the road and ride, and stop when you need to. In more remote parts of the country you'll need to be a little more diligent, but I can't imagine planning my fuel stops into my route.

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  3. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    It was a general question. I think someone could deffinately plan a route with gas stops mapped out ahead of time. So, Microsoft streets and trips has the option of adding your fuel range? I'll check it out.
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    Amazing stuff, man.
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  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Google Maps.

    Break your trip down into legs of approximately what your range is.

    Pick the town closest to the end of that range.

    Go to street view and look around for a gas station.


    I usually only do this if I'm doing an IBA ride, or riding out west where fuel can be critical. In the East, it seems like there is a gas station or truck stop at every corner and in every little wide spot in the road...
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  7. Jamie Z

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    Can you tell us what it is you're doing and where you're going? It'd sure help with your question.

    When I routed out a rally run, I did take into consideration where I would stop for fuel, though I didn't precisely stick with it. I just wanted to calculate in the number of fuel stops and the time needed for each.

    In other cases I know guys who lead group rides will often plan out the fuel stops in advance so they can accommodate riders with short fuel ranges. Or they may set up a stopping point in advance.

    The more information you can give us, the more helpful we can be, otherwise we have to guess.

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  8. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    This summer I'm hoping to do more camping from the bike. I was just asking if anyone had a great way of planning fuel stops. I'll just continue to do as always and just cross my fingers and hope for a gas station when I start getting low.
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  9. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    You didn't like my plan? Here's a visual:

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    Tucumcari NM. Yep. Plenty of gas there.
    Groom TX. Yep. A couple choices there.
    Weatherford OK. Yep. Plenty of choices.
    Henryetta OK. Again, no problem with gas stations.

    This is from a trip of mine in 2008. 775 miles from Santa Fe back home in 13-hours on my Guzzi LeMans. I divided the day into five nearly equal legs. Should've taken only 12-hours, but I stopped in Tucumcari and Groom for some Route-66 photographs.

    Nice day for a ride...
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  10. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Heck I can't even follow a planned route, as soon as I see that little road that is a squiggly line on the GPS screen, I am off coarse.

    In the US, there is probably not much worry, except in the expanses of the west, most GPS units and even mart phones will find the nearest fuel stop in seconds.
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  11. wbbnm

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    If this is a paved road ride, gas is generally not too much of a problem except in some remote areas of NM, UT, and NV.

    Off road it is a big deal. I plan lots of off-road trips in the west and finding gas is a major issue. We try to avoid large cities. Mid-size towns have gas, but lots of small towns don't.

    In questionalbe areas, I find it best to rely on recent experience from others who have been there recently. I generally post a question about gas in the appropriate regional forum here.
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  12. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    Thats a great idea. Thank you for the heads up. I only have a range of about 85 miles right now so I carry 2 MSR 30oz bottles along but sometime it still gets to close for comfort so I like to have a fairly good idea as to where I can and can not get fuel. If most of the riding was pavement I wouldnt care, but it is mostly single track or double track.
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  13. dddd

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    use the keyboard man...
    google map the ride, then type gas station in the search field, it will overlay the station.
    you can make more searches.
    you can toggle any search inthe upper right hand pop menu.

    (I am always surprised that people don`t event try to "use" the app and just use the mouse...lol)
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  14. wbbnm

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    My experience that this and other automated search methods are only about 80% reliable for small isolated towns in the west. There are gas stations in some places that don't show up here. And some of the ones that do show up are now closed.

    If you are really relying on getting gas at a particular suspicious place, try to get some recent local knowledge.
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  15. Intrigue_262000

    Intrigue_262000 Did you see that wheelie?

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    +1:thumbup
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    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Yeah. Sometimes, I've called a station I wasn't sure of while still in planning mode just to make sure of thier hours and if they actually have gas.

    I've had a couple close calls in NM that worked out, but it was close.

    Picture being out of gas at 8pm on a Saturday Night in Tierra Amarilla because BOTH of the gas stations in that town happened to be closed. I was riding the 2009 Colorado Classic 1000, and the gas stations had been open in Tierra Amarilla when the rallymaster had pre-run the course a few months previous.

    Thankfully I had just enough fuel to get back to Chama, but I was on fumes.
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  17. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    The most of that ride is straight down I-40. I doubt that you were ever more than 25 miles from a gas station along that route. Day or night on the Interstate you are covered.

    Most (emphasis on Most) small towns in farm country have gone to a card-swipe system for gas so business hours are less critical, but it is hard to count on that at 2:00 A.M. during an early leg of an IBA ride.
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  18. Cromoth

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    Delorme Topo 9 let's you input tank size, MPG & puts a gas break icon where your reserve light should go on. Works for me.
    Great idea to segment the trip; KISS.
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  19. DJacobsen5116

    DJacobsen5116 Been here awhile

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    I've used this several times, mostly from Seattle to points south on my '09 FJR. Prices have been reliable and stations reasonably close to the freeway\highway. I don't have any experience using it on Secondary roads.

    http://www.gasbuddy.com/Trip_Calculator.aspx
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  20. Fatallybitten

    Fatallybitten Slow but Sure

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    Since it hasn't been suggested yet, let me just say that when a gas station shows up and I have ridden more than 100 miles (160 kms) since last filling up I stop. I rarely run the tank down to fumes. Life is too short to ride with clenched buttocks worrying whether I am going to be able to reach the next gas stop. And when I head off the beaten track I put a premium on setting out with as much fuel as possible and so will top off the tank even if I have only put on 50 miles (80 kms) since filling up.

    Just my conservative nature.

    David
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