How best to route multiple locations

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How best to route multiple locations

Postby Dizzie » 10 Apr 2013, 1:48pm

Hi. As a 50th birthday challenge my brother wants to cycle to every WW airbase in East Anglia. There is a quite a few of them, 150 ish marked on the map thus far. I had anticipated marking locations on Google maps and then breaking up into days of riding of about a 100 miles a day (we have taken the first 2 weeks of August off from work) It is what to do then that I need ideas for please. A way of Google maps plotting shortest route, with a means of pinging that over to my iphone/ipad would be ideal. I have Map my Ride, Riding with GPS, Roadbike, Bike Hub, Google Maps and M8 on there so far, (TomTom soon). Would prefer to use the phone as I gave up on Garmin as I had 3 fail, and ended up doing a 54 mile journey home which Tomtom (in the car) told me was 30.
We also want to run a blog and twitter and if there was a way of linking live current location to these that would be good.
Anyone wanting to join us for some or all of it would be most welcome.
Thanks in anticipation


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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby Ayesha » 10 Apr 2013, 2:01pm

Microsoft Autoroute 2011 or later.

Enter all the Waypoints, ask to calculate and then click 'Optimise'.

On 2011 or later, you can export a GPX.

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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby JonMcD » 10 Apr 2013, 3:42pm

This sounds like a version of the classic mathematical "Travelling salesman problem". Hope you have Microsoft Autoroute or similar, as working it out from first principles seems a lifetimes work :( .

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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby andrewjoseph » 10 Apr 2013, 10:55pm

co-pilot app for android can do this, i use for the car instead of a dedicated sat nav.

meant to say co-pilot is available for apple phones too.
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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby Redvee » 11 Apr 2013, 12:07am

I did something similar last year when there were 61 gorilla statues placed in locations around Bristol. After finding out the locations I sat down with Bike Route Toaster and plotted a circular route to them all. Once happy with the route I also changed the list I had so that it matched the route and ticked them off as I photographed them.

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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby Michael R » 11 Apr 2013, 7:40am

I would simply get the 1:50000 OS maps , pour over them and work out my route.

It's what I always do

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Re: How best to route multiple locations

Postby matt_twam_asi » 11 Apr 2013, 8:37am can produce a TSP optimised route for either a round trip or A-Z. It looks like you can export the route directly to a Garmin or TomTom device - I haven't tried it out but the export route to .gpx option looks like a blatant lie - it just lists the lat/long points of all the stops.

There are loads of options for GPS tracking. If you have an android phone/tablet then off the top of my head tweetabouts may be a good option. Not sure about equivalent iOS options as I've never had an iPhone or iPad.