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Get Streets & Trips 2009 to stay on a road
johnnewhouse
Hi All,

I'm a newbie to this forum and I am certain this would have been covered before
but I have searched but could not find anything. anyway, is it possible to get S&T 2009 to stay on a road, without putting a 'stop' every mile

what I am doing in July, is to drive from Daytona Beach, up to Toronto (Nascar to IndyCar) and I am wanting to go via the 'Blue Ridge Parkway' (which I believe is a very good drive and over 500 miles in length). but when S&T constantly is trying to put me on any road other than the one I want. I was hoping that I could just have 1 stop at the beginning and another at the end, unfortunately that's not working for me, and I have changed my road prefer to hate interstates. after adding almost 90 stops, I was only halfway up the road (then S&T crashed, buts that a different story ).

so in short, is it possible to tell (in as few clicks as possible) S&T 2009 to stay on a road?

thanks in advance
ktrack
Just for grins in the few minutes I had this morning I tried to plan the route and ended up with an additional 30 points along the way and no avoids. I started with the raceway in Daytona Beach and used the Toronto City Airport Ferry as the ending point. Then I added an entry to the Blue Ridge at Cherokee, NC and then an exit point at Front Royal, VA. From the route that the program chose I just dragged and dropped the segments back to the Blue Ridge to keep it on the parkway. Not sure this answers your question but it certainly keeps the interm points down. I am also not sure if there is any other way to make this happen but it worked for me for this route and for other routes in the past.
Ken in Regina
I rarely use Streets&Trips, but can't you just put a "stop" at the start and end of the Parkway and draw a rectangular "Avoid" area up each side of the Parkway?

...ken...
johnnewhouse
2 good options, i completely forgot you could drag the line onto the road i want .

i will give that a try along with the 'Avoid' option tonight
Ken in Regina
Okay, ignore my previous message. My ignorance of American geography is showing. That road winds like a snake. A rectangular avoidance area won't work.

The simplest solution is to make two maps.

Map 1: Start - Daytona, End - wherever you want to get onto the Parkway.

Map 2: Start - wherever you want to get off the Parkway, End - Toronto

I'm assuming the Parkway itself is well enough marked that you don't need a route to cover that part of the trip. If you get lost .... well, with a navigation program on your computer, how can you get lost???

...ken...
ktrack
Ken,
The trip from Cherokee, NC to Front Royal, VA is just under 500 miles most of it at reduced speeds (35 MPH) along one of the most scenic drives in the eastern US. Food, fuel and a place to sleep will need to be found off the road or in one of the campgrounds along the way. Trip planning will make the trip much more enjoyable.
MisterMoonlight
Easiest thing to do is to click on the actual proposed road by S&T and then drag it to the new road where you want to go. Probably a couple of drag like this at strategic points (if it leaves the road further away) and you are all set
johnnewhouse
phew all done,
in the end I had to add almost 200 stopping points, and even then it keeps leaving the road and doubling back on itself over and over again.

in reality, I was just after a guide at this point. I will actually be using a TomTom for that actual driving support, but I find S&T helps me a lot in understanding the sort of distances I want to cover each day. its far more user friendly than google at this point.

thanks for the advice, I will certainly be planning my stops well on the parkway drive.
glennw
This may be a little late for you. I wanted to test it with the route you asked about but I haven't had time.

Once you have a route entered, you can go into More Options, then Preferred Roads. I wonder if you could play with the sliders to make it accept the road you wanted.

Glenn
paradigmventure
Hey there,
It is great just skimming these pages. I didn't realize you could select and drag your route to change the path
Thanks.
johnnewhouse
Quote:
Originally Posted by glennw
This may be a little late for you. I wanted to test it with the route you asked about but I haven't had time.

Once you have a route entered, you can go into More Options, then Preferred Roads. I wonder if you could play with the sliders to make it accept the road you wanted.

Glenn
i tried that but i didnt have any luck with it unfortunately. there are too many similar types of roads around that are more of a straight line than the one i wanted to stay on.
MisterMoonlight
Just click and drag the route with the mouse, it will be solved in a matter of seconds :-)
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterMoonlight
Just click and drag the route with the mouse, it will be solved in a matter of seconds :-)
Mister Moonlight, you have to take a look at the Blueridge Parkway to get an idea what he's faced with. It's just not that simple. I thought it might be pretty easy until I looked at it. Boy, was I wrong! The only simple solution is if you could tell Streets&Trips to stay on a specific highway number. Anything else is just a whole bunch of work to force it to stay on that road.

...ken...
Mandolin Guy
Check your preferences. If you cite a strong preference for a particular type of road then tell the program to move off that road for a short distance, it will take you back to your preferred type of road as soon as possible.
Ken in Regina
That was already suggested earlier in this thread and it does not help because all of the adjacent, straigther, roads that S&T wants to take are similar or better, so it still tries to take them instead of the Parkway.

...ken...
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