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Tool for the third dimension - mapping route altitude


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#41 OFFLINE   MtnMarty

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:05 PM

FTFY   :lol2:

 

 

On the new google maps page, look to the upper right corner for a gear looking icon.  Click that and select "classic maps".   The link icon is next to the printer.

 

Oh thanks foto.. I was using Google Earth instead of Google Maps. Now it works...and really cool.


Edited by MtnMarty, 11 September 2013 - 01:05 PM.








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#42 OFFLINE   MtnMarty

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:54 PM

It's no wonder i get better mileage NC to NJ than the other way around.

 

http://www.flickr.co...N02/9723980913/


Edited by MtnMarty, 11 September 2013 - 02:01 PM.


#43 OFFLINE   HannahWCU

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:59 PM

It's no wonder i get better mileage NC to NJ than the other way around.

http://www.flickr.co...N02/9723980913/


That spike at the beginning, is that old fort?

#44 OFFLINE   SnitGTS

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:46 PM

Wow, what a great find!  I always knew work was at a lower elevation than home but I had no idea it was almost a 400 foot difference!  I normally hit 80-85 mpg about the 10 mile mark, and then drop down to 70-75 over the last couple miles, that is perfectly explained here as well!  I have gotten my home mileage up to 45-50 depending on traffic and whatnot, I'm amazed I am getting that with the hills I have to climb!

 

Drive to work:

 

Drive To Work

 

Drive home:

 

Drive Home

 

Just for fun, here is the hill by my house I used to go up and over everyday before I decided to drive around it, 150 feet up on one side and 175 feet up on the other.  I did make this trip to get a haircut up and over the hill and back during my 686 mile tank, short 4 mile round trip with a cold car I burned 0.25 gallons, which is way more than I burn driving 12.3 miles to work!

 

Hill near me

Edited by SnitGTS, 17 September 2013 - 07:50 PM.


#45 OFFLINE   C-MaxSea

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:12 PM

Great post Snit, and yes the el diffs are so very significant (PE, KE, and all that rot).  Now don't get any ideas about filling up at a summit elevation somewhere and busting Jus's record mileage  :secret: .

 

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#46 OFFLINE   fbov

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:36 PM

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Well, this route (Denver to St. Louis via Nebraska) is about a 1 mile drop over 1000 mile run, an average 0.1% grade. Purely from an energy standpoint... 1 mile or altitude is "worth" ~26 megajoules of energy @ 0.016MJ/meter. That's about what we get out of 2/3 gal. of gas at 30% efficiency to the wheels.

 

Altitude has an effect, but the problem is finding a 10 mile drop (1% grade for 1000 miles).

 

Conversely, good driving practice, terrain and managing parasitic losses over the 1000 miles is likely a stronger driver than net altitude change.

 

Have fun,

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#47 OFFLINE   ArizonaEnergi

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 08:21 AM

I was puzzled why my mileage making a trip from Tucson to Sun City West outside Phoenix was always better going than coming back, like 44.1 vs. 39.4.  When I eliminated wind as a major factor on this last trip, I decided to check the elevation using this nifty tool and found out it's a downhill trip going and, imagine this, uphill coming back!

 


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Edited by ArizonaEnergi, 21 September 2013 - 09:12 AM.


#48 OFFLINE   BobJustBob

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

Wow, what a wonderful tool!

 

Off course, I knew that the reason my gas mileage on my commute home was so poor was because it is an uphill climb, but seeing it in graphical form really hit home.  It looks like I am climbing straight up a cliff!

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#49 OFFLINE   C-MaxSea

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:17 PM

Cheers to the Third Dimension!  Our C-Max loves hills!  (137 miles, 8000'+ el. diffs, 56 MPG)
 
Here is a trip that I tracked with the above links through to EveryTrail.com - pretty fun.  Ignore the photos (forgot the camera at home) and click on the profile icon in the lower right corner of the map image. 
 
http://www.everytrai...trip_id=2326989
 
Thanks again for the links, Frank.
 
Nick

 

(PS  Profiles include mileage across the water, whereas, the odometer/trip, of course, does not.  Our side trips coincidently added up to the water crossing distances)
 

1379880609 15837 P 67 183 218 75


 
 
DSC 4739


Edited by C-MaxSea, 22 September 2013 - 04:43 PM.







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