A Google Earth tour of Scott Jurek running the Appalachian Trail

We have looked at Steven Ho’s work a number of times before. My personal favourite was his Flying around with Blue Magpie Tea in Taiwan.

Ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek is currently running the Appalachian Trail, a distance of 2,189 miles (3,522 km). According to his Facebook page he recently passed the 800 mile mark (1,287 km). But to really put those numbers into perspective play this Google Earth tour that Steven Ho has created showing the route. Read more about it and why he created it on Steven’s blog.


When the tours starts it seems to quick until you realise just how long the route really is.

The Google Earth tour feature is a very underutilized feature of Google Earth. We wish there were more people creating Google Earth tours.

Steven has also created a more detailed map of the journey using the Google Earth plugin. However, as he notes in his blog, it is getting increasingly difficult to view Google Earth plugin content. In Google Chrome you actually have to change a special setting to allow the plugin, and even then it puts a warning message at the top of the page saying “This site uses a plugin (Google Earth) that will soon be unsupported.”.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.




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