Trip Planning &
Weather Maps and Information
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MS S&T to Garmin
Convert Microsoft Streets & Trips moving route points (turns) into Garmin MapSouce waypoints in 21 easy steps.
Need directions or a route plan?
Find millions of places: cities, airports, hotels, post offices, restaurants, schools, theaters and more using MapQuest.
Mapquest is an easy to use online trip planning tool where you input an address or location and it will provide a route plan with turn by turn directions and a overview map.
RoadSideAmerica.com -- Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Atteactions
RoadSideAmerica lets you search cities and states to help plan your next road trip. Helps find oddball attractions around a city or town, see what places others have visited and recommended.
This website ( http://www.fallingrain.com/world/US/index.html ) lists all the Cities in the world by country, regions/state/providence alphabetically. Includes GPS coordinates for each city.
State Traffic and Speed Laws
State Traffic and Speed Laws -
This site contains a summary of and links to state laws related to speeding, and in particular excess speeding and reckless driving
Insurance Institute for Highway Saftey - This site contains the Maximum Posted Speed limits for Passenger Vechiles in all states.
I.B.A. Approved Witness list
This is a list of people who have volunteered and been approved by the IronButt Association to serve as witnesses for long distance rides requiring a witness at either the start of finish.
This webpage was put together by some of the MTF members to help them learn common phrases in spanish for traveling in Central and South America.
Converting Degrees Minutes Seconds to Decimal Degrees
Software mapping applications require different formats for lat/long coordinates. Below are some tips and tools to help you convert from one format to another.
To convert Degrees Minutes Seconds to Decimal Degrees:
To convert Decimal Degrees to Degrees Minutes Seconds:
- The whole units of degrees will remain the same (i.e. in 121.135° longitude, start with 121°).
- Multiply the decimal by 60 (i.e. .135 * 60 = 8.1).
- The whole number becomes the minutes (8').
- Take the remaining decimal and multiply by 60. (i.e. .1 * 60 = 6).
- The resulting number becomes the seconds (6"). Seconds can remain as a decimal.
- Take your three sets of numbers and put them together, using the symbols for degrees (°), minutes (‘), and seconds (") (i.e. 121°8'6" longitude)
(*Note: This is a MS Excel worksheet using macros provided as free "emailware" by the author)
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