The Google street view team is putting in some miles

I’m impressed at how much Google street views are growing. From a high level view, it looks like some sort of 1950’s B movie alien invasion: link.

What’s even more impressive are some of the out of the way places they’ve been: link. I can’t imagine what they were doing up that road. Perhaps they wanted someplace secluded to go smoke a joint, and they left the camera rolling? It’s sure a beautiful road in any case – it looks like a great place to go for a bike ride.

Google Maps’ terrain view now has contour lines

Amongst other things, I have long had a passion for maps. I remember what a nice discovery USGS topo maps were as a kid, and as I developed an interest in cycling, all the cool places I’ve found over the years by poring over maps. There’s also an element of discovery in getting detailed information about a place you’ve never been. So I’m excited to notice that Google Maps’ terrain view now has contour lines to show elevations, rather than just shading.

Here’s the mountain north of Innsbruck, for example.

Or Oregon’s North and Middle Sisters

Steens Mountain, Little Blitzen and Big Indian gorges