Mapping Mad

by Anna Blanch on September 24, 2011

So i’ve been mapping madly over the last month or so, and starting (slowly) to figure out what routes might work best for this trip from Scotland to Australia. Let me pause at this point and say, if you don’t know what I’m talking about take a look at the post from last weekend where I ask whether I’m barmy? and the Overland to Oz page.

On the same page now?


Okay, so i’ve been making A.LOT. of maps.

Maps like this one


and this one

And lots more. For more, I’ve made a whole page full of maps of the current projected itinerary – the plan is to update that as I go along with the planning process. There are lots of free mapping tools out there. However, I found Google maps was really the easiest to use. I did, however, discover many limits to Google Maps…I encountered error messages like this one a time or two:

Especially as far as Russia, China, Japan and south east asia were concerned, google could only give me an overview, so yeah, glad to use the free tool, but it’s certainly not comprehensive.

Ps: So, i’ve decided that Saturday’s are going to be the day for posts about Overland to Oz. So, if this little adventure is of interest to you, that’s the most likely day you’ll find more information, plans, etc. Please do let me know if you have suggestions or ideas for the trip! I’d be glad to hear them.

Listening. Observing. Sojourning. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure to be marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.


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