Category Archives: Stokesville Douthat Stokesville

SDS Three Day GPS Tracks and course differences

Just in case anyone has time to load these before Friday, Tony V. who rode the SDS 3 Day last weekend, put up his tracks onto Garmin’s Connect site.

Day 1

Day 2 AM

Day 2 PM:

Day 3

Mumbles mentioned also the changes from my 2011 course maps and this year.  Text is below:

> The only discrepancies I noticed are-
> 1) on day 1 we will have our first lunch break at the top of Rt. 250 in the
> parking lot for the “Confederate Breastworks” and not at the base of the
> climb in the parking lot for “Mountain House”.
> 2) Day 2 we will be starting and ending the day from the Creasey Lodge and
> not the Douthat Lodge at the end of Mountain Side Trail.
> The weather is looking GREAT and the trails are riding good. If you do have
> high soccer style or skiing socks, bring them. The nettles are starting to
> show themselves.


SDS Three Day Maps

Here are the maps for the SDS 3 Day event. Day 2 is on one map while Day 1 and Day 3 are on the other.

Day One and Three Maps Link

Day Two Maps Link


SDS 2 Day Maps

Links are below to a series of four maps for the SDS 2 Day. I used Quantum GIS 1.7.4 to make these maps, the first time I used this free & open source GIS package. The process has been a learning experience, but frustrating. Controlling things like labels, scales and printing is tough. Not being able to delete or hide DB columns is annoying.

I tried to jump back to ArcGIS, but discovered the datalayers made in Q-GIS have a geometry problem. The layers but cannot be rendered in ArcGIS. I found a solution someone posted on-line, but decided not to do it. It required using a opensource DB app (LibreOffice Calc) and some registry hacks.

This bug in Q-GIS has identified and is slated to be fixed in the next version, 1.8. Target release date is unknown. When I start the SDS 3 Day maps this weekend, I am going back to ArcGIS.

SDS 2 Day Map One

SDS 2 Day Map Two

SDS 2 Day Map Three

SDS 2 Day Map Four


Quantum GIS and Stokesville-Douthat-Stokesville Maps

Decided using old old versions of ESRI’s ArcGIS software to make maps was no longer acceptable. I downloaded a free and Open Source GIS package called Quantum GIS. At times I have been frustrated trying the find functions,but not because it is lacking nor designed badly. t has just been hard for me to adapt since I was so used to the tools and menus in ArcGIS.

The first maps I am making are for SMT’s Stokesville-Douthat-Stokesville 2 Day and 3 Day rides.  The map image below is of the trails around the Douthat Cabin.