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Distance Calculator welcomes Austin

09 Feb 2022

Solid Rock Riders released version 2.4 of its online Distance Calculator. The new features include four new cities and maps from www.AllTrails.com. The new cities are Austin, Fort Worth, Brownsville, Houston (with Katy), Dallas, Little Rock, and New Orleans. SRR's Distance Calculator had stepped across state lines. More trails are expected in the future.

Flags and map of Texas and our neighboring states of Arkansas and Louisiana—Maps: AllTrails.com
Flags and map of Texas and our neighboring states of Arkansas and Louisiana—Maps: AllTrails.com

The calculated distances were obtained from AllTrails.com, a media platform that receives uploaded ride data such as FIT files. This data is dependent on GPS coordinates collected by riders' devices; therefore, the distances may vary upwards to .2 and .3 mile deviations.

Back in the Day

It was those fabulous times when major oil gas stations handed out free maps that featured distance charts. These charts were standard with the folded maps that were displayed nicely on metal wire racks in gas stations' waiting areas. That was back in the day when an AM radio blared with rock n' roll tunes and teenager grease monkeys hopped at the bell to assist arriving motorists. They provided full service that included pumping the gas, wiping the windshield, and checking the oil.

Texaco gas station of the 1960s featuring full service and selling Goodyear tires
Texaco gas station of the 1960s featuring full service and selling Goodyear tires

Times have changed. The full-service gas stations are practically gone except one that still exists in Hollywood Park today. The Hollywood Park Shell still operates with a full-mechanic garage. Just like back during the 1950s, the station offers full-service pumps. The only difference is that the pumps are modern.

The foldout maps are gone and have been replaced with downloadable maps from the TXDOT website at www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/forms-publications/maps.html. Meanwhile, we can reminiscence their original foldout mileage charts as shown in the photo below.

State of Texas mileage chart on an official highway department road map
State of Texas mileage chart on an official highway department road map

—SRR News Services - Original issue: 24 Jan 2021

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