my running adventures – barefoot or otherwise

GPS Art and antics!

Welcome back to the latest blog post from your blog award-nominated barefoottc!

In this post, I wanted to showcase my dubious talents in spatial awareness, and the talent (in terms of accuracy) of the GPS unit on my Samsung smartphone.

You may or may not be au fait with GPS art, so let me explain what it is, and how it works.

The GPS device tracks your route and tends to show your route on a map helpfully in a clear colour, such as red, on a map, when you upload it to a website, such as Strava. So, what some people have done is to harness this ‘writing’ ability of a GPS device to create some wacky, weird and wonderful images. I had a go at doing some GPS ‘handwriting practice’ myself last week on impulse really. I was pleasantly surprised with the results!

My effort as GPS art / 'handwriting!'

My effort as GPS art / ‘handwriting!’

You can see more details of this particular Strava activity by following this link:

I have to say that I really enjoyed making it, and it is a testament to my beautiful wife, Mary. She found it very amusing when I showed it to her!

There’s a whole host of #stravaGPSart here:

Mike Wells, he of #RunStreak fame and the subject of an interview on this very blog, also recently created his own bit of GPS art, which you can check out here: (you might need to zoom in quite a bit though!)

Have you ever partaken of GPS art on your running or cycling travels?

If so, what did you create? Did you plan it first, or just try it out? Will you try some GPS art of your own now?


4 comments on “GPS Art and antics!

  1. The Running Schlub
    February 4, 2014

    Wow that is pretty awesome, never tried it before but may just partake moving forward.

    • barefoottc
      February 4, 2014

      I’d love to see and hear about your experiences in GPS art! 😉

      • The Running Schlub
        February 5, 2014

        Ive started running at my local track and that really doesnt produce good GPS art lol. I’ll have to rethink my running route to produce some of these images.

      • barefoottc
        February 6, 2014

        Haha! Yeah, you need a good open space to be able to create a work of art! Either that, or some planning needs to go into it along specific streets or paths!

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