Thanks, Richard!I'll let you off!
(Still working on the app which will make it easier to create and edit routes on a phone. And OSM needs some shoulder tagging on the main road which would help reassure c.t it's an ok road to take...)
Really enjoying reading the journal.
I can't imagine the complexity involved in the tagging process. It seems to me that it's the counties that have responsibility for the roads and shoulders. Oftentimes there's a significant variation in both at a county border.
Another factor is speed limits. I can see no rhyme or reason to them. 4 lane highways with a wide grass section between both sets of lanes can have a 45mph limit, a two lane with no shoulder can be 55.
Throw in different levels of traffic and it gets very confusing!
Also, in this part of the world the roads connected to quarries and/or forests can have a high level of trucks - and some of those drive like lunatics! Of course, the section of forest being harvested changes regularly, too!
So far I haven't found myself on a cycle.travel route and thought I needed to get off it. Only the ACA