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Old May 20th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #11
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Looks like the California foothills.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:47 PM   #12
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Osmand is a good app.
backcountry navigator
here to go (used to be better)
They can all work purely gps using none of your data plan - none require a cell connection. They have varying levels of complexity.
Something like hotwire hotel might be useful, and there is an app for campgrounds - don't know the name offhand.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 06:33 AM   #13
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No trip planning or routing software out there will take you to roads like these:







Like everything in life, with some more effort you can experience so much more.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:22 AM   #14
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All of the software fights you when you select routes on roads like this:





Why?

Because there are normal traffic routes that parallel these roads. Routes that are "safer" and capable of handling giant fat vehicles like the F150.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:25 AM   #15
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Even with GPS software, to see these fun roads you are required to zoom all the way in. Otherwise you won't even know these roads exist.

Butler Maps and Rever are good sources. I have great roads they have yet to find in areas covered by their maps.

But then, if your ride is "touring" with a focus on where to eat, tourist stops and visiting cities, my routes aren't for you.
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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:37 AM   #16
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Vistas like this, from lonely empty backroads, are why I work so hard at getting my ride routes just right.



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Old May 21st, 2017, 07:51 AM   #17
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Another goal in ride route planning is to AVOID roads that these sorts of road hog parades go. Parades that holdup RVs because these riders fear every corner.


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Old May 21st, 2017, 08:04 AM   #18
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Given the option, wouldn't you choose a state highway like this?



Yes, this indeed is a two-way state highway.

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Old May 21st, 2017, 12:54 PM   #19
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RSL thanks for the pics and tips ... I got some click time with Rever and in spite of some shortcomings its pretty useful... i still resort to google earth to check on the selected roads ... one thing i dont know that Rever can do is a true export of the route ... directions and all that and especially estimated distances in between waypoints ...

On a separate note got the Helite ADV Jacket ... love it !

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Old May 21st, 2017, 03:16 PM   #20
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Yeah - I use the gps apps for 2 things - to find out where I am, and local directions. Otherwise paper maps and just getting lost. if you have fuel, water and a tent you can't go too far wrong.

Never ridden in CA, but driven a lot in the southwest. Not too many roads, so that's kind of taken care of. One tip - get fuel whenever you can, it can get long and lonesome between pumps.

That top photo looks familiar - is there an old dam at the bottom of that road?
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