Another great local ride.
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knocked another ride plan out of the park using a combination of the tools here on Miles By Motorcycle and the algorithmic Curvature site to assess a "curviness rating" of the roads he was looking at.
He wrote a blog entry about it:
How it got started
Originally this ride was titles "Riding 'Road Curvature' roads to EMMR". I had this idea and it went something like this.... What if we took a bunch of roads from a website dedicated to finding curvy roads, stitched them together on our way up to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing?
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
I first found out about this place only a few weeks ago. I was gathering points in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Bob's BMW in celebration of the 40th ...Read More
He was a bit concerned that this ride wouldn't live up to the expectations set by his last planned ride, but, once again, we had a wonderful day ride.
Stitching together a few segments found on road Curvature project maps, with a loop around Prettyboy Reservoir.
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What is Prettyboy and what's it like? Looks interesting.
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It's a reservoir North and West of Baltimore that has some dramatically nice and twisty roads (for the area).
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for what it’s worth, there’s a feature in the inRoute app for curviness. It shows it on your current route and let’s you choose to create a route that picks the curviest roads. Another reason I like that app for route planning.
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I'm pondering something like that here but the big difference between what we're doing and what everyone else is, is that we're focusing on the human element. A road can be super curvy and suck for a good number of reasons. Until a rider of your particular styles puts eyes on the road and can report back the human experience, you're not going to have much of an idea whether or not a given road is good or not.
More on this coming very soon. I'm on the verge of finishing up the first 1.0Alpha1 release of the new ride planner, which is a complete rewrite/redesign, that embodies this idea much more cleanly.
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