I’ve been marking the locations of microbreweries and other interesting places in Google Earth so that I can tell how close these things are to my expected route. This will, in theory, keep me mostly on track and yet able to visit places that are relevant to my interests. All you have to do in Earth is look at the map and see which markers are close to the route that Earth conveniently generates between any two points.

That's when it doesn't send you here.

Problem is, Earth only generates the (in theory) most direct, efficient route between those two points – and I want to be indirect and inefficient, avoiding highways wherever possible. One way to do this is take the route from Earth and send it to Google Maps, via an option available in Earth. Maps then enables you to change route settings for avoiding highways and tolls; plus, if you still don’t like the route, you can move it around interactively. But then what often happens is you have a route that’s very different from the Earth-generated route, and it’s on a different platform from your place markers, so you can’t tell how close the place markers are without moving the route back to Earth.

And there’s no way to do that.

Oh, wait, yes there is – but I had to search for it, and it’s a non-Google link.

With that website, if you follow the directions, you can get your modified route, including any highway-avoiding options and user revisions, and export it as a .kml file that Earth will read.

I’ve only done this with one part of my route so far, but it worked like a hooker at a bankers’ convention – fast, easy, and cheap.

So I put the link here in case someone else might find this obscure workaround useful – though with my luck, Google will soon update Earth and/or Maps to do it directly and I won’t get to feel quite so accomplished.


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An international man of mystery, Waltz is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Kind of a puzzle burrito, actually. With conundrum cheese and secret sauce. And a side of Riddle Rice.

Posted on October 24, 2011, in Software. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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