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Surprisingly, it appears that the answer is YES, Google Maps does make a distinction between uphill and downhill. I routed out a couple of bicycle rides from my home (in Germany) to a city either 90 km away (with a 700 m climb) or 60 km away (with a 1000 m climb), depending on the route taken. I then reversed both routes. In both cases, Google Maps shows ...


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No. Google Maps works a different way. Google Maps learns travel times by monitoring the pace of other riders. The Google Maps app "constantly" sends data about your location back to the Google servers. It knows you're on a bike, not driving, because you requested a bike route, and because your travel time is not an outlier from other people doing the ...


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There are some things you have to be aware of. For example, you might think that it's enough to turn your GPS on, start your app, and see your position, as simply as that. Well, not really! First of all, the plane shields from radio waves, so you are almost always forced to keep the phone next to (even against) the window to get your first fix. The farther ...


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As you've mentioned in your question, online searches work best when you know the name of the store you're looking for, or what kind of store is likely to carry your item. I recommend instead you talk to a person. If you're staying at or near a hotel, hotel staff are your first choice. The front desk, for example. These people probably live nearby, or are ...


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Update: following comments I asked a friend who lives nearby to get up-to-date information. He took a picture of the actual Barnwell junction, which shows that @DavidRicherby and I are both right: the actual rail junction can no longer be used, but the rails and the points/switch and their actuation mechanism at the junction still exist. He looked through ...


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I use OsmAnd for this sort of thing. There's a base world map that's not super detailed at the city level, but is certainly more than adequate for tracking the location of any passenger flight. It's also very helpful for having an accurate, detailed map of your destination before you even figure out how to get cell service after you land.


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If you have a phone, you can download the maps (offline maps in Google Maps). Often you find some tourist information with maps on airports/bus stations/train stations, but it doesn't seem your case. If you are traveling with a car, take a GPS (offline maps) or buy a road guide: much less troubles. An alternative is to go to a library, and get a guide and ...


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There are various third-party services offering free printable maps based on OpenStreetMap. Many of these services are listed at OSM on Paper. There you can find, among others: MyOSMatic Inkatlas Field papers and many more The quality of OSM-based maps varies between different geographic regions but can be quite impressive.


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At least for bikes it does (assuming the topographical information mentioned in the comment is available). I just checked with two cycling routes near my home, both 4,2km long according to Google, one almost flat, the other with a climb towards the end (obviously going downhill the other direction). Result: 4,2km almost flat but slightly downhill: 14min ...


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The correct address is the one in Patra. The other one in Athens is most probably a mistake on Google Maps. Here is my reasoning: The address is basically the same - EO stands for Ethniki Odos, and the road from Patra to Korinthos is the same as the one from Athens to Korinthos Palea Ethniki Odos means Old National Road 26500 is the postcode of Rio Rio is a ...


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For the UK, Ireland, and the west coast of the US, I know no better online resource for this than Rail Map Online. It allows you to view all the railways that have ever existed in the UK overlayed onto various maps (including Google Maps and OpenStreetMap).


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These are almost certainly errors on the Google Maps map. These are NOT subway exits, or anything else that would be worthy of showing such a marker. Mong Kok station does have multiple entrances, however as you've said these are all numbered, and signs within the station use these numbers to direct you to the best exit for a specific location. There is ...


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Use your credit card's concierge service, if it's available to you. At higher credit card tiers Visa, MasterCard and American Express all offer concierge services which can help you locate hard to find items, get hard-to-obtain dinner reservations or event tickets, and overall help with many issues you might run across while traveling. Just call or email ...


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I don't know about the specific railway you mention, but there were a lot of railway closures in the 1960s and I don't know of any where the rails still exist. Quite often they have been converted to footpaths/cycleways. My understanding is that the rails were generally sold for scrap rather than abandoned. EDIT Looking at Mildenhall station and the old ...


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I use an app called maps.me when I travel. I can download in advance the data for an area I intend to be in and view it as needed off-line on a tablet or smartphone. I can also do a screen shot and then print that if I want paper. The app does navigation when off-line (but sometimes suggests weird unnecessary detours). It also allows me to send ...


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This is exactly where a global network of Virtual Assistants come in handy, there are many many of them giving a global reach but local knowledge. DISCLAIMER: I am the founder of such a company so I dont want to come across as pitching my services here on this site by posting links


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As a rule, airlines guard details about how full their planes are ("load factor") jealously, so this data is not available to the public. However, price is a pretty good proxy for how full the flight is, and this data is available on sites like Google Flights. So if you check and see that (say) the Wednesday afternoon flight is always the cheapest, odds ...


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There are many sites that have one or a few very good maps, of the cities these sites are for. There are a few world wide maps, like Google and Open Street Map, which have a good standard but are not specialized in touristic maps. In your case I would first look for touristic sites, tourist information -name city- and only next for the maps sites. Those ...


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I managed to find a site that does this conversion between numerous different formats, including plus codes. The site is located here http://saibara.sakura.ne.jp/map/convgeo.cgi Enter your map code under マップコード (make sure you also select the corresponding radio button for this option) and then click Send. The result will appear under 世界測地系 I note also ...


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Based on my own experience I'll still stick to Google, unless you are willing to pay more or have less of a variety. I find that different concierge services or asking in groups and forums will be give you answers which are highly biased towards places they have used once, had one good (or bad) experience or get some commission or benefit from painfully ...


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According to this website from an independent travel guide: The mobile phone signal on the island only works in Hanga Roa and not always correctly. Cuts in calls or coverage failures are common. Timidly it is extended to other places of the island like Rano Raraku, and it is hoped that soon it will be able to arrive at Anakena beach. In the (presumably) ...


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Short answer: Yes absolutely google maps is aware of elevation changes. Longer answer: ...but its fairly far from correct. Example - There's a well-travelled local climb of 2.5 km and 140 metres elevation change. Its an average of 5% but is 10% at the top with a flat bit at the bottom. Google maps predicts 13 minutes to descend and 18 minutes to climb. ...


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I finally found something close to what I was looking for: holiday-weather.com. This link is centered on Argentina, but you can move the map around; more importantly, you can select "Weather Average" to get just that on the map.


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It is also currently shown in Open Street Map. https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/317247 But, like most if not all the others, it does not indicate whether the actual steel has been removed. I looked at a lot of aerials, and in the few places possible, Google’s street view and found no rails. But three photos in someone’s comment showed some.


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The National Library of Scotland has digitized a lot of old UK maps (and some world-wide). It will display the old map overlaid with a new one, with a range of dates for the old map. The new map can either be a satellite, road, or OS. The range of old maps is better in Scotland, but elsewhere in the UK there is a reasonable selection available. The site ...


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I've used the Printmaps.net editor for a travel photo book, they have highres PNGs (and Illustrator/Photoshop files). Here's a quick map of the Havana Malecón (itchy feet thinking of it):


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Travellerspoint's mapping tool does what you're looking for. It will allow you to map out many trips on a single map. Flights are shown with an arc. Train, car, bus routes will follow the roads. You can also drill down into each of the locations you stopped at to see some information for that location. This is from guide content written by the members. ...


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In my opinion the best map is produced by the Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV - Bundesamt fuer Eich und vermessungswesen). They produce the so called OeK50 and OeK25 (austrian map - Oestereichische Karte in scale 1:50000 or 1:25000). Unfortunately the print version can be rather expensive at 7EUR per part, but if you know which ones you need ...


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I can recommend https://www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/ There is also an app for that - for free: https://www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/de/mobile-app.html


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I use maps.me for offline maps. To be able to receive a GPS signal, I have to sit next to a window and push my phone against it. This sometimes works.


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