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Plan your international cycling trips on a dedicated web-app

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Plan your international cycling trips on a dedicated web-app

Hi cyclists!

For a long time I've been working on this project, and now I would like to share it with the WarmShowers community.

I created this web application that is meant to help cyclists plan their international trips.
It helps you figure out how much time you need to ride from a place to another, and what should be the climate when you reach there.

It is 100% free of charge and advertising. It is a gift to the wandering cyclists community! You can try it now: https://talaria.ingirum.net

The only thing I would appreciate in return is feedback. The application is still under development. There is a lot of things I would like to improve. So if you encounter bugs or difficulties, or if you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know.

Happy planning. Happy cycling. Happy travelling.

https://talaria.ingirum.net

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MAP

Hi Erwan , I very much appreciate your work.it's very fine map.Greetings.saras.

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Great stuff and seems very

Great stuff and seems very useful.

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Hello guys.

Hello guys.

Thanks for your encouraging comments.
I realize now that when I published this early release of Talaria, I was more in seek of picky criticisms. But I got only positive feedback so far, and I must say it is actually very nice to recieve too!

As I mentioned, work on Talaria is still in progress. At the moment I'm focused on tackling some technical stuff under the hood. But after that I would like to provide new tools, in order to allow scheduling shorter trips (or portions of a long one), on a day by day basis.
It seems to me that this will be a major new feature for Talaria. I look forward to achieve it, and to use it for my own needs! Hope it will be useful to some others.

I'll keep you updated on this forum.

 

(By the way Hallgrímur, is it Iceland behind you on your profile picture? It looks just amazing!)

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Hi Erwan

Hi Erwan

I've only had a quick play with your app but it looks very useful. I plan on recreating some of my recent tours on it and seeing how it's time estimates compare to the real thing. One question I do have for you though is what do the colours represent? Is it weather or heat, or something else?

Syd

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Hi Syd. Thank for your

Hi Syd. Thank for your feedback.

Regarding time estimations, it mostly depends on the parameters that you provide. Make sure to setup your own traveling pace in the "Avg. Km/day" input field.

As for the colors, they are a mix up of various climate stats (temperatures, rainfall, wind, etc.). They range in 5 grades, from red (terrible) to deep green (great). You can click on this indicator if you want more details: it will open a pop-up at the bottom of which you will see the full climate report. (This report can be more or less comprehensive, depending on the location).

In all cases, I recommend that you don't take these indicators too literally. By definition, an average speed can't be accurate in all circumstances. And climate stats aren't weather predictions.
I have ideas of how to improve Talaria's accuracy in the future. But keep in mind that this app doesn't aim to give you a definite travel plan (as you know, there is no definite plan for international cycling trip); the idea is to help you sketch the outlines of you trip.

Comparing real experience with Talaria's expectations is a good test for it, though. It would be a great feedback for me if you could let me know your feelings after recreating your recent tours.

Hope Talaria will help you for the coming ones.

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Well done!

Hi Erwan,

A big Thanks also from me!

But if you are looking for some critics, here's a small one: often the search field doesn't find the location I am looking for on the first run. Example: I tipped "Bonn" and got some proposals in the US. When I wrote it again, I got Bonn, Germany (what was intended). Unfortunately I cannot find out the exact circumstances, when this happens.

May there always be tailwind with you!

Thomas

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Location search results

Hi & thanks.

I agree your critics Thomas. I'm not so satisfied with the location search results either.

In case several places can be found with the same name, I believe the user should be offered to choose one of them in a list. And you also make me realize that the search results provide the city name in French*, whereas the country is in English! (See the result for "Köln", for instance.)

I'm adding both issues to the "quickly debug" list. But I can't promise it will be so quick. I have very limited time to dedicate to Talaria at the moment.
What I recommend in the meanwhile is that when you are suggested a place in the wrong country (or state, or region...), you just specify the expected area: "Bonn, Germany" for instance. It should work just fine.

Don't hesitate to report more bugs or critics. They are useful to me.
Thanks again.

 

* French in my case, probably German in yours.

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Finally quick

I didn't want you to cancel your trip to Bonn because of Talaria ;) So I found time this week-end to improve the location search form.
No more languages mix, and up to three options in response to your search.

I hope it will be more convenient this way. Please let me know you own feeling if you have time.

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Tested

thanks for the immediate solution! Now it's no problem to find Bonn. Yeah! :-) And, oh, nevertheless another small problem: I can't find the north cape. Or better to say, I find three of them, but none of them corresponds to the map. Because I can't upload pictures into that post, I edited a small page within my site (which is not linked to other pages or posts and will be deleted soon again) to show you what I mean. So have a look here: https://radundfuss.net/talaria-test/

Anyway I want to state that these problems are peanuts to me, because it is not impossible to find the locations I am looking for - at least by just pointing on the map, which is also a great service!

 

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I read the page and took some notes. Thanks. You can delete it.

Indeed, the map and the search form don't point the same place for Nordkapp, Finnmark. Probably because I'm taking the data from two different sources (Geonames vs OpenStreetMap).
But just like you, I don't take it too bad. The search form wasn't design to be very precise anyway. My idea, just like you did, was that one can quick&roughly pick a place from the form, and refine the position on the map if needed. (Or directly point the place on the map.)
Also, Talaria aims to help for long trips, in which 30Km of imprecision don't really matter.

Still, your comments underlined an annoying issue in Talaria, and motivated me to improve the feature. I'm grateful for that.
Enjoy Noth Cape. Send us pictures when you get there. ;)

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Beta 2

Hello all.

Today I'm coming back with an update of Talaria.
The feedback that I could get on this forum and from various means was very helpful and motivating to me. Thank you so much for that. It is a real pleasure to collaborate directly with the end users of this project.

I did my best to take in account all the various comments I received. So here is what this update brings to Talaria:

  • The location search engine is both more accurate and flexible.
  • Visual signs were added to make it clear if some route legs are currently being calculated, or need to be troubleshot.
  • In the route steps table, every row now better suits to your screen's width (making the remove button more accessible)
  • Clicking on the length of stay column (in the steps table) now opens a dedicated window for the customization of this parameter.
  • Existing help windows were improved, and new ones were added.
  • Various bugs were fixed, and performances were improved.
  • Many visual details have been polished, and some typos were corrected.

Since my first post on this thread, but prior to this new update, the following improvements were also brought to Talaria:

  • If you have some unsaved changes on your travel plan, you will be promped to confirm before leaving the editor's page.
  • Completed the set of country flags.
  • Made it more clear what is Talaria, on first look to the welcome page.

Some of you noticed that Talaria fails calculating itineraries across some specific borders. I also found how to fix this issue. But I will be publishing this patch a bit later, as it still causes some performance troubles that I want to tackle down first.
In the meanwhile, you can use a simple workaround for which you will find guides whenever you face the issue.

Again with this new release, I will be very happy to get your feedback. Please let me know if you encounter bugs or difficulties, or if you have ideas or suggestions.

https://talaria.ingirum.net

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Just Brilliant

Wow Erwan,
this is simply outstanding website/app you have there. The map is super detailed that its impossible to believe. i thank you from bottom of my heart.
I have just started to plan my 1500-1700km expedition from nagasaki to tokyo and this will help me tremendously. 
Thank You.
And if anyone wants to talk about this journey do message me. Cycling Journey will start in early 2021 maybe April-May. i havnt fixed the date yet...lets see...I'm planning all of it on my own and its gonna be awsm.