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Are they pretty reliable for route planning?
Google Maps is quite okay. Be sure to turn on the bicycle paths on the map.
I prefer Strava’s Route Builder, though. You can make it follow the most popular cycled roads and even show that popularity as a heatmap overlay. It also shows elevation and it’s easy to save/export. Note that if your route contains ferries, Strava’s Route Builder comes short.
It depends on the country and the distance. In the US, it is pretty good in the cities. However, if you go any distance (say 60 miles one way), it MAY give a crappy route. It may route on a busy road, roads without services, etc. The longer the route, the worse it seems to be.
If in the US, I would suggest you first look to see if the state offers a Bicycle Map and/or Traffic Count Map. Between these, you "should" be able to have a pretty good chance of coming up with a decent route. You can always have Google provide the initial route and then confirm/alter based on the Bike & Traffic Count maps.
Okay-ish - but the new 'updated' version is nothing like as good as the old Google maps as you can no longer use the terrain function at the same time as the route planner and you can only input a much more limited number of stops.
The 'cycling' option also only works in a limited number of countries - even some that have designated cycle routes aren't recognised.
I've used www.ridewithgps.com with a lot more success. It also gives you the option to download your routes to various devices if you use such things.
I am just getting my feet wet with bike packing and I am planning just a small tour in September from my home in upstate NY to southeastern MA...it's only a little over 250 miles but will be good for this "first timer" and I am doing it on my fat bike. I do use Ride with GPS but wanted to see other options as well. Thanks again!
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