East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Writing with Google Maps

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Isn’t technology great.
I was doing some map research yesterday, and the trip advisor utility on Google Maps caught my eye.

So I calculated – better, I had the software calculate and draw the route from Castelnuovo Belbo, Italy, and Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia.

And the software planned my trip – mentioning passingly that it does include some roads that might be interrupted, and it will require me to cross a few national borders.
My very own, on-demand Silk Road, if you will.

Google claims I can drive the 8.909 kilometers between my home and the Ulaan Bataar city limits in 107 hours.
Alas, no public transport seems to cover distance: I can’t get to Ulaan Bataar by bus.

Screenshot from 2014-05-13 13:20:16

But I could hike it, saving almost 400 kms, in 1.722 hours.
That’s 72 solid days of uninterrupted walking or – limiting myself to 8-hours legs – 215 days on the road.

Apart from the silliness of it all, I find the road directions and descriptions quite intriguing from – you guessed it – a writer’s point of view.
Now I know that there’s a rotunda just out of Kossuth Lajos út, which happens to be somewhere in Belarus… I think…
I can even get a street view of the place.
Now this is useful.
Going there in person as part of “documenting my novel” wuld be much better, but this is certainly cheaper.

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

One thought on “Writing with Google Maps

  1. Too easy…No Taklamakan included in that route! 🙂


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