Fun with Maps 263&264

Map 263 shows the least-traveled highways in each state. It was created by Geotab and they included some beautiful photos of the top ten sparsely traveled roads on their website. These routes are not as traveled often because of location and physical features of the land. In many states that means mountainous areas far from big cities. In the plains states it probably means the rivers are nowhere nearby since population centers often spring up near waterways. In Rhode Island the 102 is likely traveled by millions of people each month but it’s still the least traveled road in our smallest state. I haven’t traveled along any of these routes to my knowledge but I look forward to checking them out in the future. Lonely roads aren’t always so bad; peace and quiet can be great (and nobody likes traffic)!

Map 263

 

Map 264 is from the world of Marvel Comics. Beth and I finally watched Thor: Ragnarok recently and it was great. Half of the movie’s plot happens in Asgard, home of Thor and his family. The other realms ruled by Asgard, of which there are eight, include Midgard (Earth), Vanaheim, Alfheim, Nidavellir, Jotunheim, Svartalfheim, Hel, and Muspelheim. Niffleheim is also on the map but I’m not sure how that fits in.

Map 264.jpg

This map, found here, is a beautiful representation of a fictional place loosely based on Norse myth. Many of these locations have appeared in the recent films starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular god. Thor and his family are from Asgard. Some of Thor’s best friends and fellow warriors are from Vanaheim and the other realms existing on the same continent as Asgard. There is another map on the same website that shows the Asgardian continent. It is similarly amazing.

Map 264B

There are so many more place names on this map! I do not know why some are considered ‘realms’ while others are not but I’m sure there are many fascinating comic stories related to each. I also like seeing the various passages that are shown, including a passage to Hel within Valhalla (top right of the map) and a passage to Svartalfheim within Nidavellir (left side of the map).

Do you like comic books and/or comic book movies? Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok? I want to hear your opinions on the film in the comments below!

 

Bryan Signature 2

 

 

Bonus Map Link: Mapping Snowfall

Bonus Bonus Map Link: Bird Migration Map

 

 

 

 

Sources/Links:
https://www.geotab.com/americas-quietest-routes/
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/03/americas-loneliest-roads-are-gems-hidden-in-plain-sight/555779/?utm_source=atlas
https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/44857/how-are-the-nine-realms-situated-in-space

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