Google maps are great at finding the quickest path between two points of interest, but sometimes that’s not what you’re looking for. On a bike, sometimes you’d like to take the “long way” made up of slow, meandering roads where traffic is scarce and drivers know the meaning of “share the road.” Hence, I’ve long wanted the ability to plot out my own routes on something like Google Maps. With routebuilder, I can.
The interface is slick and snazzy, and doesn’t try to implement too many features. A set of input elements keep a running total of miles, kilometers, and feet. It’s very useful for plotting out alternate routes and measuring distance before you get out on the road. This one I’ve done twice: at 32 miles one way, I call it the fun kind of muscle pain.