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Making Trip Maps!

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I wanted to get some trip maps framed with photos as a conversation piece and memorial to the road trips. I still haven’t found a great way to make these maps, but I have found an acceptable way.

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What I ended up doing was taking the “as planned” routes I had in Google Maps, modifying them to “as driven,” and saving the links. I then used the service Maps to GPX to convert to, yup you guessed it, GPX files.

I took those GPX files and loaded them in to GPS Visualizer and exported them as a PNG.  Sadly, the largest they’ll allow is 2000px by 2000px, but that appears to be enough to print an 8x12.

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OAT was a little different as we already had the maps loaded into CalTopo, so I just updated those routes in CalTopo and directly exported the GPX files, then fed them into GPS Visualizer in the same way.  Here is the output:

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Rather than relying on the labels in the GPX files, I then loaded the PNG into Photoshop and added them manually. Bold text is for overnight stays, normal for sights.

Illustration for article titled Making Trip Maps!
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Illustration for article titled Making Trip Maps!
Illustration for article titled Making Trip Maps!
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Illustration for article titled Making Trip Maps!

I’m mostly happy with how they turned out, and I must say they look sharp in print.

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First two rounds are at the framers. I’ll drop off the OAT one when I pick those up.

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