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Trans Australia Trails - Share your GPS Tracks

Discussion in 'Australia' started by PeterWebtrax, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    Hi Peter,

    I just had a look at th enew look site. Much imporved for search functions.

    I did note that the section A2 of the SWAT track is no longer listed.

    If you can't find it, I can upload it agian. Please advise.
  2. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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  3. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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  4. V8R

    V8R Been here awhile

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    Added jilliby to wolombi
  5. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Time poor

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    V8R,
    I'll try and upload our Commission rd ride done recently. Will hook up nicely with your track to Jilliby.
  6. V8R

    V8R Been here awhile

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    That'd be tops, cheers!

    Sent from my SGS2
  7. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Time poor

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    Tracks uploaded. They hook up reasonably well with yours from Wollombi to Jilliby. I will be looking at using them again soon.

    I have looked at this website a few times but never uploaded before. Piece of cake! I will upload more in due course
  8. V8R

    V8R Been here awhile

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    Saw that, they work well. Have downloaded yours and merged both in map source to create a complete route :)

    Sent from my SGS2
  9. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    posted up a draft of the great continental divide route from melbourne to cape york. relevant thread is here if anyone can help develop it further.
  10. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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    Ok, now that I'm retired I've run out of excuses for not doing something to fix up Taut.

    So, I've gone in and fixed up all (I think) tracks that weren't displaying due to ampersands in some of the waypoint names.

    I haven't fixed the actual issue with processing tracks with ampersands in them (yet) so try to use the word 'and' instead of ampersands for now. It's more readable anyway;-)

    There were still some tracks that wouldn't display on Taut but would display in Google Earth. Eventually worked out that is was only the BIG ones. Not sure why, but I've changed the conversion to KML to be a little less precise so it creates smaller files. It shouldn't matter for displaying the track on Taut, and you will still download the GPX file that is detailed.

    But if you see any issues with the new conversion, get back to me.

    Next on the list of 'things to do' is to change the initial display of the 'find tracks' page so that it doesn't just display the last 15 tracks entered. Some folks have given me the perfectly reasonably feedback that they assumed that this was all the tracks that Taut had in it. Not good.

    So I think I will change it to just display the search form instead. Although if we get a couple more 'hero' tracks like the Continental Divide, I might switch to displaying them first. I'm open to feedback on this.

    Next on the list is to rework the page so that it can be used on a mobile or small screen, it's pretty hopeless at the moment.

    Then I can really get stuck into it and rewrite it to get rid of some of the atrocious code I wrote. It was my first real interactive mappy type system, that's my excuse anyway. That would also allow me to take advantage of some of the changes that have occured in the years since I wrote it.

    If you've got any special requests, put them up here and I'll consider them.

    I have also moved the site back in-house (ie my home) so that I don't need to pay hosting costs any more. This could have an impact on the speed of display of pages, but hopefully not.

    If anyone has access to a free hosting site that could run Taut at a reasonable speed, please give me a yell.

    RosscoACT has suggested we should put some advertising on the site to pay for hosting and dns registration charges etc. This is also an option.

    What you think?

    Cheers
    Pete
  11. XRman

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    How much hosting fee are you needing to cover Peter?

    I think that an upfront fee might deter many first time users. Perhaps a free download trail, then a fee/download or an annual subscribers fee.

    I reckon TAUT is a really good idea and my company would advertise on TAUT if it helped keeping the site running.

    I can imagine an advert ' " Come see the dirt biker's dentist", " service your bike and your teeth in Portland":evil
  12. PeterWebtrax

    PeterWebtrax Been here awhile

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    Kym, it's not much. And I'm certainly not intending to put a cost on using Taut.

    I had the old site running on an external server that I had to have for WebTrax, but that's now being shut down so I needed to move it.

    And now that I'm retired I'm looking at all my outgoings to minimise them.

    We could probably get a perfectly acceptable commercial server for $10-20 a month so we are not talking sheep stations here...

    For advertising, if we went down that path, I was thinking of just using Google Ads. It's not worth the hassle of chasing advertisers directly for the small amounts involved.

    Cheers
    Pete
  13. james928

    james928 oohh sidestand!!

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    I run a mechanical workshop and bike repair shop, I would be happy to put in for advertising, or help with hosting. Feel free to contact me.
  14. james928

    james928 oohh sidestand!!

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    LOL :clap:clap
  15. XRman

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    James Portland Laser Dentistry & Orthodontics is about 200m from Tim CAmpbell's bike shop in teh centre of town, and a short walk from the pub and caravan park.

    It is so easy to communicate with bikers. I say , " you have problem X as you can see on the monitor. There are three options to fix it. The Postie step through option, the DR650 option , or the BMW option. What do you want me to do?"
  16. XRman

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    Jobs done; well sort of.

    Yesterday JAmes Cook and I linked up with Bull600's track at Millicent S.A.

    Now with a bit of research on TAUT i.e. www.transaustralitrail.com.au riders can follow the GPS tracks of other riders from Perth to FNQ the pretty way (secondary roads and tracks)

    If you haven't already got into planning and recording your rides with GPS( adventure riding efficiently) then I suggest you have a look at the help section on the home page of TAUT.

    Thanks to the foresight of Peter who established this website we all have a great resource for free!!!! well you can send him a donation to maintain the website if you are thankful for his work.
  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia vir sapit qui pauca loqui

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    Missing an "a"

    http://www.transaustraliatrail.com.au
  18. rider911

    rider911 Shortcut Navigator

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    Wouldnt it be easier to just pay Hudson :evil
  19. mixed

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    Is there a way to contact the person who posted a said Track to find out if they actually rode it or just pulled it out of a guidebook and mapped it on a planning program.

    I was looking at the Northern most part of the "Queensland Bicentennial National Trail" (QLD - North_East) and question it's ride-ability.

    Thanks for the site, It'll be great resource as it becomes popular (and creditable.)

    Ty
  20. XRman

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    I think if you were doubtful about a listed route then contact the poster via PM on this site. Mostly ride reports are attached, which increases the liklihood that the poster actually rode the actual route. Having said that, I didn't attach a ride report on my most recent ride for two reasons;
    1) I was pushed for time and didn't stop for many photos
    2) I finished the the yesterday and didn't have time prior to posting on Taut.

    If you dangle your mouse over the ride title a message comes up with a ride description with contact details etc. and a ride rating and ride report link.

    I think it is a brilliant resource and will only get better with time as more riders share their rides.