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Old 07-15-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Mapping elevation changes for travel

Does anyone have any recommendations for checking a route for big hill climbs and descents?
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:38 PM   #2
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We will be driving from Nashville to north Idaho in 3 weeks

Route is Kansas City, rapid city SD, somewhere in Montana, Idaho
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i don't think you will hit a hill until montana

i-90 thru western montana is beautiful! lots of up and downs up to Coeur d'alene. bozeman pass and pipestone pass are probably the 2 biggest climbs on I-90, then smaller stuff towards idaho.
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:33 PM   #4
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Will you be taking highway 12 from Lolo MT into Idaho? It's been about 5 years since I took that highway through the Nez Perce Clearwater forest. It's a beautiful place. We stopped at the White House campground for lunch. The river was wide and slow there; the kids had a great time splashing in the water.

And I'd love to learn a better way for planning elevation changes -- it's a pain to pan through google maps counting topographic lines!
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:51 PM   #5
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Google maps?

I havent tried but Google maps might have something like that they have everything else. And I never thought of looking into the route you would take in the inclines and things that would be hard on buses. Good question though you made me curious to see what I can fine .
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I could be wrong but I believe some of the dedicated trucker GPS systems indicate steep grades along planned routes.


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I use the Good Sam trip planner - I am not sure what level member you need to be for that - but you can add step grades into your route.

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I could be wrong but I believe some of the dedicated trucker GPS systems indicate steep grades along planned routes.


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There is a website for that but don't know the address.
I found the web site it's here
https://www.flattestroute.com

I'm sure they have gotten better since I retired but, none of the "truck" routing units I had said anything about altitude or grades. They would tell you altitude where you currently are.
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Does anyone have any recommendations for checking a route for big hill climbs and descents?
I've not looked for such a thing so have no real suggestions. That said, Google Earth displays elevation (bottom right) as you move the cursor along a road. Maybe that is better than nothing??
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