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Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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#61
Komoot ... Have you tried it?
Just signed up for an account. They want money for the Komoot offline maps, which - at least for Japan - seem to just be another version of OSM.

And I think OSM, rather than Stravr itself, is the root cause of my 'no road here' issue.

F'rinstance, yesterday my biggest hiccough was the road highlighted green. It simply doesn't exist. Maybe it once did. Or maybe some OSM contributor/prankster put it in by mistake or as a joke. But every route planning system based on OSM - including Komoot - will quite reasonably offer a route along it.

As you can see from the blue track, I went this way and that trying to find the way through. There isn't one. I found a LOT of mud, though. In the end I went back down and around the hill. Lost 20 min or so pissing about up there. (The blank line/'trail' just to the south doesn't exist, either.)



It's fairly obvious, in hindsight, from the satellite views, that there's no road. (Orange is the original plan; green, my track.)

Having hit upon the wheeze of importing things into Google Earth Pro, I'll be making more use of that tool in advance of explorer rides in future - with a special focus on sketchy shortcuts.



how long before the Boso falls
lots of Chiba cycling in your future
All your tiles are belong to me ;-) ... but I'm very happy to share.
 
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Karl

Karl

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#63
Instead of just grumbling, I've registered with https://www.openstreetmap.org/ and edited the problems I encountered.
I played around with Komoot yesterday. Created a route that I ride often. It correctly identified the one section that is gravel. I'll check a couple more troublesome routes that Route Builder gave me and see what Komoot comes up with.

Didn't know you could edit the OSM maps. One more thing I'll have to learn to do.

I think that from now on I'll also be taking time to check my longer and dodgier route plans on Google Maps, using that method you showed us. I was looking at some things up in the mountains and deciding whether to try certain routes or not and the Google Maps made it pretty easy to figure out the reality of what I was considering. So, thank for that.
 
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Gok

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Here's how to become an expert tiler:

1) Invest first 3 weekdays trying to come up with a perfect route that captures maximum number of tiles and possibly increases your Max Square..
2) Invest a further 2 days trying to refine the route to capture even more tiles.
3) Come Friday, give your route finishing touches.
4) Over complicate your route whilst finalizing it.
5) Over think it while trying to simplify your route.
6) Saturday early morning: Check weather/wind forecast.
7) Go on a completely random ride along the wind direction.
8) Come home and curse your self.
9) Monday: Start making a new route.
 
Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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#66
Here's how to become an expert tiler:

1) Invest first 3 weekdays trying to come up with a perfect route that captures maximum number of tiles and possibly increases your Max Square..
2) Invest a further 2 days trying to refine the route to capture even more tiles.
3) Come Friday, give your route finishing touches.
4) Over complicate your route whilst finalizing it.
5) Over think it while trying to simplify your route.
6) Saturday early morning: Check weather/wind forecast.
7) Go on a completely random ride along the wind direction.
8) Come home and curse your self.
9) Monday: Start making a new route.
Ssssh. Not so loud, mate, or everyone will want one.

[Napoleonically plots next stage in Chiba Conquest Campaign]

And yes - I see those two on the breakwater. I'll get 'em - they're just not routable.

 
Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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#68
Inflatable raft....... just in case. You can easily keep it in your saddle bag!

Meanwhile i'll try to head to this area:

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Some friends did this route a few weeks ago. I couldn't join, but it looked nice and with a little modification could work for collecting your tiles. (Make a copy if you want one, as I might delete it when I'm done with it.)

 
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Gok

Gok

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#69
Hey thanks!

Copied. Now to over-complicate it and then abandon it for another day. ;)
 
Half-Fast Mike

Half-Fast Mike

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It was 0.0ºC when I woke up at 06.00 this morning. I really didn't feel like riding my bike. By 07.30 it was a comparatively balmy 2ºC, and the frozen road surface outside was beginning to slowly thaw. Once the sun came up over the neighbouring houses, I felt more lively and decided to head out after all.

My original plan had been to ride down to Yokohama, but instead I got the train to the nearest station to the first new tile on the ride. By the time I emerged at Motomachi/Chukagai, it was around 7ºC and the north wind had picked-up, as forecast. The north wind was a big factor in doing this (north-to-south) ride today, rather than more east-west stuff in Chiba.

I'd also reckoned that a Sunday or holiday Monday would be best for this ride, with hopefully minimal truckery - especially on the wharves in Yokohama. This turned out well.

I still can't quite believe:

1. The highest point on the ride was only 135 m. It felt much longer & higher than that going up to Shonan International Village.
2. How many lies Stravr Route ßuilder told about how to get onto the Jogashima bridge. Stravr be like "Ride here, it's totally a road." (It isn't.) "OK, how about down here. Now you're at the bridge. Just jump 30 m into the air..." (I can't.)

So glad I went out, though.

New tiles: 28 (total now 8398)
Max cluster: + 59 (total now 2824)
Max square: unchanged at 45 x 45

Stravr

Photos on Google (starts with the scary guy on the train)

 
Karl

Karl

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#71
Nice pics. I especially like the one where it appears you dead-ended into the bushes. Maybe time to start a thread called "Thank you Strava," to accumulate all the pics where the Route Builder sends us down routes that aren't routes.

You're a better man than I am. I'm waiting for better weather and improved ankle to continue my quest. I did manage to use the day productively though and got my bikes washed, lubed and properly fiddled with so they are ready when I am.

Your max cluster is getting massive and with the new surge into Chiba, your max square will end up covering all of Kanto. Impressive.
 
Gok

Gok

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Guys... I finally got this stubborn tile (only just). Just a bit of running around the beach (as @Karl suggested) and I barely got it. I guess the high tide didn't help.
No my OCD can rest in peace (for now).







 
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