to Coast for Conservation
Unofficial Google Earth Companion
You are most likely a follower and hopefully a supporter of
the Coast to Coast for Conservation
bike ride of Brad Edmondson and Jim and Sara Kersting
to benefit the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Now
you can re-live this magnificent adventure from your own home, in a fraction of
the time and effort, through the magic of Google Earth. Here's how:
must have Google Earth installed on your computer. You can install the
free version or the $25/year "Plus" version by visiting http://earth.google.com/. Either one
should work, but you need to have a fairly strong computer and graphics
capability, and a broadband connection to the Internet.
Google Earth running on your computer and then load the following file: http://waterfeller.com/FLLT/BikeRide/Bike.kmz
using the one of these methods that works best for you:
click on the hyperlink above. The file should open in Google Earth.
Google Earth, use the File -> Open command and then cut and paste the
hyperlink above into the File name box.
click on the hyperlink above and choose the Save target as… command to
save the file on your computer. Then open the file in Google Earth.
Bike Ride file will load into your "Temporary Places" folder in
the "Places" panel of the Google sidebar. (Use the View ->
Sidebar command if the sidebar is not visible.)
- If you
double-click on the main "Bike" folder, you will see many of the
places mentioned in the C2C4C Blog. If you double-click on a state name,
you will see the places mentioned in that one state. You can also see the
trip for a single day by double-clicking on the day number. If you
double-click on a place name (e.g., Canyon, WY), you will see a helicopter
tour view of that place.
- You can use the Tour feature to play a
"helicopter view" of the tour for a day, for a state, or for the
whole trip. Simply highlight the folder in the places panel and use the Tour
-> Play Tour command, or highlight the folder and then click the Play
can pause and resume the tour by clicking the Pause and Play buttons.
may need to experiment with the settings for your tour by using the Tools
-> Options command and clicking on the Touring tab. The following
settings work OK for me; it takes about 9 minutes to go from Puget Sound to Devil's Tower.
- To reduce screen clutter, you might also want to
experiment with your Layers settings. I like the following:
- I will
try to keep the KMZ file updated as the trip progresses provided I have no
broken spokes on my computer. I recommend that you do not save the
temporary places folder when you exit from Google Earth. Then, if you
return to this page in a few days and download a fresh copy of the file,
it will not create a duplicate entry on your computer.
If you have any questions, suggestions, additions, or
corrections, please contact me