I got a new baby bike seat for my bicycle which came with a new rack. The baby seat blocks the view of my taillight which I kept on the seat post, so I needed a new mount to go on the rack. I found a nice design on thingiverse which matched my Cygolite and printed out a copy.
The weather was nice on Sunday so I went for a bike ride down a couple of the bike paths in Plano. They are pretty nice but the street crossings are a pain. There are several unprotected crossings of major roads with no lights.
I recently went on a Bike Tour from May to August and biked from just outside of Dallas, TX to western Oregon near Eugene.
On my trip I wanted an easier way to try and plan out a route and pick the next few towns to hit, so I made one.
This uses google maps and places a marker with circles around it to make it easier to gauge distances. I found this to be a little bit of a pain due to the lack of a scale on the regular google map.
As you place markers, a straight line path is drawn and the straight distance is calculated. Then you can click “get directions” in the top right to have Google find a route and sum up the real distances between markers.
I would have used this by setting the radius to 40-50 miles, and 2-3 circles to judge the next series of towns I would try for over the next few days. Then I would use the route button to verify the actual distances, to make sure I wasn’t skipping a section with no reasonable road between the towns. Finally, when I was to ride one of the segments, I would use a regular route finding app instead.
I think this would be a little bit easier than what I was doing in the past, which was mostly guessing and getting directions repeatedly just to find the mileages.