Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Cycling: Route Maps

I've uploaded maps of some of my longer rides to MapMyRide. MapMyRide has a lot of nice features, but is rather ad-heavy. I'm also going to try Bikely, which doesn't have as many ads, but doesn't have as many features either. Once I've settled on one, I'll throw a permanent link up on the blog.

BTW, I'm experimenting with the "Read More!" feature so that I can hide the bulk of these posts, so you don't have to scroll down through several screens to get to the previous post. Please let me know if there are problems!

(These maps are trimmed at each end so as not to broadcast exact home location to the world.)

First up, my old standby: the Beaches/Taylor Creek/Don Valley loop.

A Don Valley/Humber River loop. This eventually got expanded northward to become my first metric century.

My first time riding the Black Creek ravine trails.

A loop out to Etobicoke Creek by way of the Belt Line and the Eglinton bike trails.

Another Etobicoke Creek loop, this one incorporating the upper creek as well as the lower.

My first time riding in Scarborough. The Highland Creek trail is great, though last time I was there part of it had washed away.

Another ride out into Scarborough. This one is one-way because I forgot to eat breakfast and ran out of energy. I had to get a ride back.

A ride the full length of the Don Valley Trail. This one is one-way because I got caught in a thunder storm and had to get a ride back.

This was my first 100+km ride, incorporating the Don Valley and Humber River trails.

My second 100+km ride, this time through Scarborough.

A good ride from Toronto to Port Credit. This was a precursor to my Hamilton ride.

The big Hamilton ride.

The Tour of Toronto ride.

This one is also up on Bikely:

Sunday's Canada's Wonderland ride.

And here are some out-of-town rides:

A short loop on the Bruce Peninsula.

A very hilly ride from the Red Umbrella Inn on Twelve Mile Lake into Haliburton.


R.J. Anderson said...

Apologies for hijacking your cycling post, but --

Did you by any chance use to live in London, ON? Say, late 80's and early 90's, during the dialup BBS era?

Just wondering if you might be the same James Redekop I knew at that time...

James said...

I probably am the one you're thinking of. The only other James Redekop I know of in London was an assistant prof of economics who started teaching at UWO about the same time I transferred there from UofT, and I don't think he was on any BBSs.

R.J. Anderson said...

I should have just said, "Opus Fluke, is that you?"

And now that I think of it, the one time we met in person, you were riding a bicycle...

Nice to see your Bujold reviews from way back. I enjoy Bujold too. And also, as a fellow Gormenghast fan, I would highly recommend D.M. Cornish's Monster Blood Tattoo series...

And also, hi. :)

James said...

I'd forgotten I'd used "Opus Fluke".


Where are you now?

R.J. Anderson said...

I've been in Stratford for the past thirteen years or so. And I'm now a professional author, huzzah! My debut novel was published this year by HarperCollins... details are at http://www.rj-anderson.com .

I'm also on Twitter at @rj_anderson. Nice to get back in touch with you!

Lisa said...

the gps tracks you've been recording by bike would make a great addition to the openstreetmap.org project! OpenStreetMap provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways."

James said...

I've done a little work with OpenStreetMap, and I ought to get back into it. I find it a little awkward to work with, as you might expect with a web-based application, but it would certainly be nice to have proper maps of Toronto bike trails on it.