• Steve (unregistered)

    1600 != Middle Ages. The Middle Ages are variously reckoned to have finished with either Columbus' voyage to the Americas, or the end of the Wars Of The Roses. Other than that, carry on

  • RLB (unregistered) in reply to Steve

    Invention of the printing press is another cut-off date. The Roses are a bit Anglo-centric to mean much for the rest of Europe; for us, the end of an independent Burgundy is more relevant. But all of those happened within a few decades of each other.

    (Oh, and while I'm here... must resist making quip about The Dummy St... Country)

  • Steve (unregistered) in reply to RLB

    Personally I'd certainly accept the invention of the printing press as the transition period, I should have thought of that.

    I must confess having gone through the English education system (many years ago) I had to look up 'the end of an independent Burgundy', thanks for that really interesting Wikipedia wormhole ...

  • Gill Matthews (unregistered)

    Well I knew that the Chilterns were steep in places :-(

  • Scott (unregistered)

    Roger, look out for the Morlocks!

  • (nodebb)

    Are they expecting you to drive your bicycle across the bottom of the North Sea before coming back to land? And apparently at a really steep cliff. I recommend you try finding an alternate route.

  • Dave Hemming (unregistered)

    I strongly suspect RAF Benson don't allow geographical data for their area to be public, just because.

  • Brian Boorman (google) in reply to Dave Hemming
    I strongly suspect RAF Benson don't allow geographical data for their area to be public,

    Why would that be? Airfield published topo is 62 meters AMSL. Anyone could drive the roads the loop the base, and overhead satellite views are available. Just what is the secret from a geographic standpoint?

  • (nodebb) in reply to Brian Boorman

    And how long did it take for the government to officially acknowledge that the BT Tower is a thing?

  • -to- (unregistered) in reply to Dave Hemming

    I just tried to plot a 3km circuit around my place in random suburbia, the descent was 20000m before going back up. That app is totally borked.

  • Blubb (unregistered) in reply to -to-

    After hitting the refresh elevation button on the route planning website, the elevation looks correct.

  • Somewhere Nearby (unregistered)

    Well, Wallingford is a dive ...

    And yeah my money's on something funky in the data related to RAF Benson as well.

  • Calli Arcale (unregistered) in reply to Brian Boorman

    My hunch, just based on other sorts of secrets, is that it's not really that the altitude is secret, specifically. There's probably some sort of act requiring public datasets to not include data for military bases, so even if the data is known to the public, it's omitted from the dataset this tool uses, and whoever programmed the tool didn't think about how to handle that situation. So, "no elevation data" comes across as "bowels of hell". :-D

  • (nodebb)

    Middle Ages?

    This is why DailyWTF rule #1 of writing date handling routines is: "Don't write your own date handling routines, use the library".

  • Officer Johnny Holzkopf (unregistered) in reply to Scott

    Don't worry, Arne Saknussemm has already removed them during undefined in the middle ages!

  • dan (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that -100k isn't even through the crust and into the mantle; never mind the core.

  • Dlareg (unregistered) in reply to Steve

    Personally I think the dark ages are over when there is a cure or vaccine for this damn Corona virus.

  • Doug (unregistered)

    The bike ride descends 100,000 feet in about 20 miles... which is about 100,000 feet horizontally. Similarly when the altitude ascends again: 100,000 foot rise in 100,000 feet of horizontal travel. Also, the red Grade series shows both those as being uphill. My money's on the web site being borked, not the RAF base.

  • Jesús Lozano Mosterín (unregistered) in reply to JiP

    Sometimes you look... and say: I'll put the song "Another one bites the dust".

  • Michael Hall (unregistered)

    I never knew that Oxfordshire was the gateway to hell!

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