Google Earth is conspicuous in its absence of labels for exits on the road system; yet, that seems to be the favored method of describing routes to the various destinations in offroading trail books published these days. In fact, you need to navigate so close to the ground that you can't even tell where you are before Google even turns on many of the state road labels – and none of them are for the exits.
So, after I finally stumbled on a source of the geo-data for them, I decided to create maps for each of the western states – truly no small feat, which I'm not likely to undertake again any time soon.
Washington InterstatesI-5 has its beginning on the border with Canada and runs down the west coast into Oregon. I-90 has either its beginning or end in Seattle depending on how you look at it. It almost bisects the state horizontally over to Spokane and into Idaho. I-82 transects diagonally from Seattle down to the Oregon border where it intersects I-84 in Oregon.
There are four additional local segments of interstates around the major cities making a total of seven "I's" in all.
We don't have but a few submitted trails in the Washington area; so, you riders up there, how about cluing the rest of us in to what must be magnificent offroad trails you enjoy. Attach your GPS track to an email and I'll do the rest.
More to come – whew!
Free Google Earth FileThe free Google Earth file for Washington interstate exits is available at: Offroading Home on the specialty map resource page. Click to arrive at the page and select the Washington map. It is a .kml file that is utilized by Google Earth. You can either save the map on your computer or click "open" to have it open directly inside Google Earth.
Learn A Little MoreSome time back we were treated to a series of British shows aired on the BBC featuring "Sir" Andrew Lloyd Webber trying to find a new cast for his production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat he was doing on the "West End."
It was a treat to watch as several very talented "Josephs" vied for his notice and the contract. The winner of the "contest" joined previous "Josephs," Donny Osmond and Jason Donovan for a rendition of Any Dream Will Do.