Thursday, June 28, 2007

Pan Mass Challenge Google Earth Mashup

The PMC Google Earth mashup is now available for download here:
PanMassChallenge.kml
(If you don't have Google Earth installed, download it here.)

The PMC/GE mashup provides new riders a ground-level view of the longest and most popular route in this amazing event: from Sturbridge in Central Massachusetts to Bourne at the start of Cape Cod, then on to Provincetown at the very end of the Cape, a total of 192 miles over two days. Playing it as a "tour" provides a turn-by-turn narrative of what you'll see along the way, and how punchy casual riders like myself often get after riding the first 70 miles or so. I hope non-participants will appreciate not only the twisted route, but the somewhat twisted commentary as well. Contributors can, at least somewhat, share the experience of the riders they sponsor.

Here's a view of one of the most beautiful sections, along the Cape Cod Canal, which riders encounter early the morning of the second day:

Note that while it conveys how difficult it is to ride such a long distance, it doesn't show how hard it is to get to your fundraising goal. If you appreciate this effort, please consider contributing to help sponsor my ride, which benefits one of the world's top cancer research facilities. Your contributions are tax-deductible, and thanks to the Stephen and Caroline Kaufer Fund for Neuroendocrine Research, every dollar is matched.

Thanks,
--Mike

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

I did the PMC this past weekend too. What a great event!

Found your blog and tried to save your mashup so I could use it in Google Earth, but I must have done something wrong because I couldn't get it to work.

I tried to open the file with GE, but got a message saying it didn't support xml format. Any ideas?

Thanks.

Steve Davis

LetMeSpellItOutForYou said...

Doesn't support XML format? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard. Try the KMZ instead, which is in a compressed format:
KMZ.
Glad you had a good time. What a blast, huh?

Bea said...

Keep up the good work.

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