Just in case it’s useful to anyone, here’s how I publish my cycling routes in my blog. I record the routes on my great G1 Google phone which runs Android, using the great MyTracks application from Android Market. Once the route is recorded and I get back home, I do the following:
- In MyTracks, copy the track to SD card as a KML file
- Plug the phone in via USB and mount the SD card’s filesystem
- Copy the KML file from the
kmldirectory to a local directory.
- Open the KML file in an editor, search for
7f0000ff(light orange) and change it to
ffcc66cc(purple) or something more visible
- Ensure the track name is correct
- Go to http://maps.google.co.uk/ (ensuring I’m signed into my google account)
- Click “My Maps”
- Click “Create new map”
- Click “Import” and upload the KML file
- Edit the route if necessary and save changes.
- Sometimes it’s necessary to click on another route and back to this new one, in order to make the “View in Google Earth” link appear.
- Copy the URL of the “View in Google Earth” KML link and paste it into the Google Maps *search* bar (yes that’s right, *not* your browser address bar)
- Click “Link” near the top right
- Share the link with friends and/or paste the embeddable HTML into a new blog post.
The copy of the “View in Google Earth” KML link back into the search bar in step 12 is necessary to stop Google Maps from splitting the route up into multiple pages, which would only show shorter segments (“lines”) of the overall route at one time.