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Nice 100 KM ride; Strava’s route feature; Street naming convention rant.

From yesterday's 100 kilometer ride. Enjoying the view on Scrub Jay Lane in Minneola, Florida. I shouldn't need the cue sheet taped to my top tube, but I do.

After three fairly tough trainer workouts in a row (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) followed immediately by a spirited 100 kilometer ride on Sunday, my legs were not exactly fresh yesterday morning. But it was another beautiful day, and I had no choice but to get out and ride again!

Over the weekend I spent some time playing around with Strava’s fairly new route planner, and came up with a nice little 100 kilometer ride with a little over 2,000 feet of elevation (which I creatively named “Kelly Park -> Astalula -> Sugarloaf -> Minneola -> South Lake Trail -> West Orange Trail”).

From yesterday's 100 kilometer ride. Enjoying the view on Scrub Jay Lane in Minneola, Florida. I shouldn't need the cue sheet taped to my top tube, but I do.

From yesterday’s 100 kilometer ride. Enjoying the view on Scrub Jay Lane in Minneola, Florida. I shouldn’t need the cue sheet taped to my top tube, but I do.

Strava’s route planner is a pretty cool tool, but it’s far from perfect. I like that you can print out a cue sheet (a necessity for my dumb, perpetually lost ass), but the cue sheet missed streets and turns that were clearly shown on the map, and was ambiguous at certain intersections. A few examples:

Thankfully I reviewed the cue sheet and spotted these errors before I left the house. I manually annotated the cue sheet, but it’s a little disappointing that there were so many errors. I think I’m going to stick with MapMyRide for now.

Okay, so the cue sheet errors are bad enough, but there are also mapping errors and street naming conventions that are utterly baffling. Examples? Sure.

Check out this intersection:

If you go straight on Grassy Lake it turns into Jack Pine; If you turn left from Grassy Lake, you're on Fosgate; If you turn right from Grassy Lake you're still on Grassy Lake, but the street sign indicates Fosgate in both directions. Very funny.

 

Here’s the street sign:

So much misinformation in so little space.

So much misinformation in so little space.

 

Grassy Lake Road is to the left (off camera), and the sign clearly indicates Grassy Lake Road continues, straight, into the subdivision pictured at right. But no, that’s actually Jack Pine. The sign also shows that Fosgate runs in both directions (east and west). Again, no: Fosgate actually runs east, while Grassy Lake runs west from this point. The sign gives no indication of this and, in fact, indicates that Grassy Lake continues south.

Okay, how about this one: Turkey Farm Road becomes N. Hancock Road and then Turns back into Turkey Farm Road, and this all happens on a short, straight section of road:

Really? REALLY?!

Really? REALLY?!

 

Adding to the confusion, There is another Hancock Road south of this location (which does not connect in any way with this Hancock Road), and the other Hancock Road is also called “Old Highway 50 West” AND “Old County Road 50”.

In fact, many of the major roads around here have two or even three names. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

To the never-ending amusement of my friends, I am extremely directionally challenged. Seriously, I’m exceptionally bad. I really make an effort, but I have some sort of mental block that prevents me from finding my way around like normal people. Crap like the above just makes my head want to explode.

Sorry, had to rant a bit. Directional issues aside, yesterday’s ride was awesome! 🙂