I find that mapping my rides brings closure to the experience. It gives me perspective on time, distance, and elevation, and it roots the experience into an image I can grok.
Even a simple loop can have character. sometimes, it is only revealed in its map.
I use www.bikerouttoaster.com to create maps of my routes. This Google Maps mashup does a nice job of creating cue sheets and providing elevation profiles for the routes.
I have grouped my rides into Local and Exotic categories. The local routes are those I access directly from home (Laurel, MD) or after a short (<30 minutes) drive. Exotic rides are those that take more effort to access. Local
|Race Pace Columbia "B" Route (Simpson Road and Great Star)||20.66 Mi.||1,175 Ft.|
|Race Pace Columbia Hall Shop & Guilford||23.42 Mi.||1280 Ft.|
|Larriland Farm Direct||23.26 Mi.||1227 Ft.|
|Murray Hill + Harding Loop||14.89 Mi.||837 Ft.|
|Tridelphia Mill Baseline Loop||24.84 Mi.||1470 Ft.|
|Tridelphia Mill + Howard Loop||32.39 Mi.||2037 Ft.|
|Tridelphia Mill / Howard / Linthicum Loops||40.52 Mi.||2520 Ft.|
|Ellicott City (Rogers Ave) - Sykesville||35.23 Mi.||2139 Ft.|
|New York 5 Boros Ride||43.09 Mi.||2260 Ft.|