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Force Microsoft Streets and Trips to a specific route
eganders
How do you force Streets and Trips (Version 2009? 16.00.18.1000) to use a specific route? For example, I want it to use Route 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) in California from LA to San Francisco, but without adding stops, I can't see how to do it.
Marvin Hlavac
Hi Egander,

Welcome to the forum.

A while back, there was a very interesting, multi-page long, discussion on the very same topic here: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/3820-how-force-streets-trips-follow-scenic-routes-i-e-blue-ridge-parkway
eganders
Interesting. I forgot about the avoid area. I fooled with it a little, but I can see that I will want to be able to delete the "avoid area" rectangle if it does not do what I anticipated. How do I delete single avoid areas (that are hard to find after you make them) and how do I delete all of them in order to start fresh?
Larry
Hi eganders,

Starting completely fresh is easy - just press Ctrl+n for a new map. However, if you need to delete a specific one of your avoid areas you may need to zoom in and find it.

Tip: ctrl+z is an undo function. If you have just created multiple avoid areas you can starting pressing ctrl+z and they disappear one by one in reverse order. This is good to know since it doesn't require you to remember the exact location of the avoid area.
dnorton
I'm trying to plan a route and running into the same issue as the original post.

I've got Streets & Trips 2011.

I've read the Blue Ridge Parkway thread, I've looked at this thread. I've spent a couple hours now getting nowhere.

I can't get a simple route to work - start at the northern end of Skyline Drive in Front Royal, VA. I put a pushpin about 100 yards or so down Skyline drive off Rt340. I put "avoid area" blocks on Rt340 going both directions away from the entrance to Skyline drive.

I put a pushpin for a way point 20 miles or so further down Skyline drive.

Where Skyline drive (SLD) is crossed by rt211 and further south by Rt33 I put avoid area blocks on these roads too. I put a pushpin at the end of SLD about 100 yards or so before the road ends in Afton, VA.

So start is pushpin 1, first stop is pushpin 2, end is pushpin 3. The only two cross roads are set with avoid area on both sides of SLD.

This should be pretty simple. Sky line drive has a beginning and end with two cross streets. Other than that it's a completely closed road. I've driven the road before, I'm using it as a test for a bigger project.

Yet, with SLD start pushpin (Royal Fork end) and SLD end pushpin (Afton end) and a stop push pin along SLD, S&T still routes out to Interstate 81.

1. What am I doing wrong?
2. Isn't there an easy way to get the route to stick to a specific road, that isn't an Interstate.

FYI - this is for a motorcycle tour, my goal is to stick with twisty rural roads. If S&T can't do this easily, is there any mapping software that can? Ultimately I need to load the route into a GPS that supports a bluetooth headset. Loading this kind of a route directly into a GPS would take many many hours and be very frustrating, which is why I'm trying to find PC based software to make the route creation easier.
SpadesFlush
I didn't have too much trouble with this. First, I selected Front Royal as the Start in the route planner. Next, I selected Afton as the End. Under route options, segments tab, I selected the Shortest route option, rather than the fastest. When I did "get directions", I found that it only selected a short segment on the SLD, so where it veered off I clicked on that unwanted segment (somewhat randomly) and dragged it over to the SLD. Then, further on I had to do the same thing. Finally, I did it one more time until it was solid SLD. I did not mess around with pushpins or avoid areas.

My file is attached.
Attached Files
File Type: est SLD.est (16.0 KB)
MisterMoonlight
SpadesFlush:

Quote:
I did it one more time until it was solid SLD. I did not mess around with pushpins or avoid areas.
Usually, to do it I follow a method similar as SpadesFlush. The avoid area in the 2009 version (I don't know now in recent version, but I am not aware it has improved in anyway) simply sometimes did not work, so it is not a real alternative.

See that thread: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/1052-correct-use-avoid-area-feature-microsoft-streets-trips

Dragging segments to force a route is easy to achieve... but it needs user intervention.

eganders:
Quote:
Interesting. I forgot about the avoid area. I fooled with it a little, but I can see that I will want to be able to delete the "avoid area" rectangle if it does not do what I anticipated. How do I delete single avoid areas (that are hard to find after you make them) and how do I delete all of them in order to start fresh?
Just add your vote to the wish list:

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/1054-add-easy-way-remove-avoid-area
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