All entries for Thursday 05 April 2007

April 05, 2007

The weather is beautiful out there…

I was going to take a long ride in this morning, but didn’t due to a combination of running late and my knees acting up a bit. But I’m so glad I didn’t because it meant I went out at lunchtime instead. It was a little chilly this morning, but at lunchtime was wonderful. Definitely shorts weather – with apologies to the occupants of University House:-)

One of my usual routes – Leek Wootton, 13.6 miles in the sun. Brilliant. And my fastest time of the year so far on that route, despite taking it a bit easy to make sure my knees lasted the distance. Cycling in the warm makes a big difference – my legs really do work better in the warm!


Google Maps

Writing about web page http://maps.google.com/help/maps/userguide/

Google have just announced a “My Maps” which is something I’ve been looking for for a long time now. Basically, it lets you draw lines & polygons on maps, add placemarks, text, photos, etc. and save the results within Google Maps where you can publish them for all to see.

The particular reason I’ve been wanting to do this is to publish my cycle routes as active maps, rather than photoshopped images. This, for example, is one of my regular lunchtime cycle routes, to Meriden and Back. Or it could be embedded in a blog entry using an iframe, like this:

I can’t find a way to make the left-hand pane automatically hide itself – it would look much neater that way. If anybody knows how, please let me know!!


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