|28-01-2018, 03:16 PM||#1|
Mapping the next ride...
Join Date: Mar 2006
AusTouring homebaked....The 14.500km Trans-NZ ADV Touring Route
Snooping around the usual forum-haunts, one keeps tripping over all sorts of "TET/ TAT/ BCDR" threads of some sort.
Having started with the Oregon and Washington Back Roads movements around 2006/ 2007, it's been an ever-growing drive to
somehow catalog some continuous Adventure route across a whole country, coast-to-coast....or even a continent.
The Trans America Trail (TAT) is well established for the last few years.
The Trans Europe Trail (TET) is still very young and runs from Sweden to The Balkans/ Greece, with feeder routes from Portugal and Spain.
The Aussie version is the TAUT, a fairly ragged collection of shorter local routes in the main states of Oz, without any start or end, structure or targets... just a bucketload of GPS files to stitch your own stuff together (if you know how).
All of the above are solely GPS-based.
Some had a designated target and structure before the project even started (TAT, through the linking of many previously existing and fairly established state-based BCDR's) others came together as a riders-project on ADVrider or such (TET/TAUT) and are a collection of files downloadable from websites.
The glaring exception is Josh and his privately owned and run RemoteMoto.
The site has always been THE STANDOUT, well and logically structured, easy to handle and graphic, as well as generously bolstered by good photos of each and every track/ road/ route/ place etc.
The collection of support-info is not just stumping, it's extremely easy to use and filter as well, just click another layer of info over the top of a map and check the short pop-up description.
Sadly, RemotoMoto only covers the South Island of NZ as Josh lives in Christchurch.
His project has turned serious and commercial a few years ago... the time involved forced either a "go" or "quit".
It's also GPS-based, but he site offers such good description, base-maps and info that a transfer to paper-maps is a breeze.
Access to the site and all the files + info is NZ$99/year.
Just lately, some local members of ADVrider and EddieB's AdventureRidingNZ FB/ forum are starting to cobble a North Island BCDR-route together.
It's also a stitched-together collection of GPS files.
With all those NZ rides of the past and looking at things from a different (touring) angle as well as an ancient project-start up floating around the archives, and a significant collection of pics for support, creating an AusTouring version of a New Zealand Back Country Discovery Route (North + South), spanning from Cape Reinga in the very North to The Catlins in the very South shouldn't be all that much of a problem.
It'll make use of that old project as well and will be structured with a minimum of text to make translations into different languages a breeze.
You'll find the forum-listings slightly re-arranged to make this a bit easier to find and sort.
Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ North Island
Touring The Trans-NZ ADV Route _ South Island