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2010-03-07 23:12:25
"Dublin to Maam Cross: 2h29m" from csd Contract pics
Picture: Dublin to Maam Cross: 2h29m (Contract pics)

I have an unwritten rule that I never really want to be driving for more than 2.5 hours each way for a day's bagging. Since I've done most of the summits near my home in Dublin, it's meant I've been left with slim < 400m pickings when it comes to new summits. However, the recent completion of the M6 has meant that the Maamturks are now within the magic threshold. I can leave home in Dublin 8, join the N4, and be ready to go 2h20 later. Another section of the M9 to Waterford is due to open in the next few weeks, which will bring all of the Comeraghs and surrounding hills within reach. May should see another big chunk of the M7 opening, bringing the Shannon summits closer.
So next time you're pondering where to go, don't be afraid to cast your net a little farther afield. When it comes to working out exactly how far you'll get in 2.5 hours, the big mapping services are hopelessly out of date. However, OpenRouteService (http://data.giub.uni-bonn.de/openrouteservice/) uses the OpenStreetmap database, which is updated by volunteers. This usually means new motorway openings appear on maps days (or even hours) after opening rather than months. Give it a whirl and broaden your horizons!
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