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bart0549

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Hey gals and guys,

I just started this project last night.  I was inspired by a website that I frequented when I lived in Colorado:  coloradogravelroads.com  I'm working on highlighting all of the gravel roads in Minnesota on a custom Google map.  The link is below.  I've just done [many] roads in areas that I'm familiar with.  Let me know if you'd like to help out with this project!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NQRKaXDKtzook2dyNZehaZuRZ9o&usp=sharing

Thanks,

Nathan Barten
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drwelby

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I looked at doing Minnesota (I made coloradogravelroads.com) and there's great data in some areas and nothing in others. Can't remember if it was by county or if there were road management districts.
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bart0549

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drwelby,

Thanks for coloradogravelroads.com.  I can't tell you how many times I've used that for my travels.  I lived in CO for 5 years before moving back to my homeland in MN.  I have been using the county maps that the MN DOT provides.  The maps are great and show a ton of detail, they are, after all, the official DOT maps.  Unfortunately, there is a category of road on these maps called "Unimproved Road" that the DOT seems to use as a "catch all."  Though I would expect this to mean a dirt surface road, it seems that in certain areas, most "Unimproved Roads" are paved.  I suspect many include the "Township Roads" that perhaps the state DOT takes little responsibility in maintaining.  The DOT maps rarely actually depict any of the types of soil surface roads from the key.  

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/maps/gdma/maps-county-alpha.html

Thanks again!

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bentcrank

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Here is something I had found somewhere of basically the say type of thing.

http://gravelmap.com
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bart0549

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Thanks Bentcrank, this is exactly the sort of thing I set out to find.  I'll just move what I have onto that page in the coming days!

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pmac

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In Mississippi and probably most other states, the state DOT has online county maps that describe unpaved roads.  I've used those maps, along with map my ride, to map out some nearby gravel routes.
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Demian Sage

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Big thanks to drwelby - coloradogravelroads is a great site and my go-to place for daydreaming new adventures. Cheers!
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